dim sum

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From Cantonese 點心 (dim2 sam1), Mandarin pinyin: diǎnxin/diǎnxīn). The derivation is unclear. means "dot, point" and means "heart" leading many to translate this "dim sum" as “touch the heart” or “dotted heart.”

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dim sum (uncountable)

  1. A Cantonese-style meal traditionally eaten in late morning or early afternoon comprising tea and food typically placed in small steamer baskets or on small plates and often served from carts that move around from table to table in a restaurant.
  2. The food served at a dim sum meal, typically including dumplings, seafood and desserts.

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