1. Dim sum literally means point of the heart (This is a direct Chinese translation).
2. Dim Sum is originated in Guangdong (Canton), China.
3. Dim sum is also known as Yum Cha, which means drinking tea and eating a variety of small dishes (shrimp dumplings, sticky rice, steamed pork buns, and egg custard, and spring rolls etc).
4. Yum Cha is to gather with family and friends at the local restaurant (Cha Lau) to enjoy dim sum and tea as well as to discuss the latest details of lives.
5. Dim Sum is Cantonese cuisine that comes mainly in the form of steamed and fried dumplings that contain a wide variety of fillings.
6. Har Gow (steam shrimp dumpling) and Shao Mai (small steam dumplings with either pork, shrimp, or both) are standard dim sum fare and the Yum Cha experience is quite incomplete without them.
7. Dim sums can be a full meal because they are made with meat, chicken, shrimp, and vegetables.
8. Servers push carts that have fully cooked dishes and customers just need to point at the dim sum they want. It is also acceptable for people to get to the carts instead of waiting until the carts come to the table.
9. Unwritten rules: Pour tea for others before filling one’s own cup and thank the person pouring tea by tapping both the index and middle finger
10. Another unwritten rule: the more people to go the better because more types of dim sum can be shared by all.