Legend has it that the Emperor of China loved eating and trying new food. He became frustrated with his many chefs when he wasn’t able to try all of the delicious food that his chefs were constantly creating. Forced to deliver a solution, the chefs made dim sum, which gave the emperor the opportunity to try countless types of food at once without becoming too full from trying each dish. Dim sum translates to "touch the heart" and the chefs were successful is touching the heart of the Emperor, or so it goes.
Similar to Spanish tapas, dim sum more likely originated from paring snacks with tea alongside tea houses for tired travelers along Silk Road. This Cantonese fare consists of a variety of food that is usually served during brunch time along with tea. Dim sum — steamed, fried, or baked — gives people the opportunity to try a little bit of everything.
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