Dim Sum Menu Decoder

We’re sure we’re not the only ones intimidated by the long lists of unfamiliar dishes in dim sum restaurants. In the interests of helping our readers get more out of their dim sum experience, here is an illustrated guide to the dim sum you can expect to come across:

Chinese Cantonese Pronunciation English Description  
       

烧卖

 

Siu Mai Steamed dumplings filled with a minced pork and shrimp filling siu mai

     

豉汁蒸排骨

 

See Jup Jing Pai Gwut Steamed Spare Ribs with black bean sauce paigu

     

豉椒蒸凤爪

 

See Jiu Jing Fong Jau Steamed chicken’s feet in black bean sauce feng zhao

     

萝卜糕

 

Lor Bak Go Fried cake of Chinese radish (aka daikon), rice flour and dried shrimp luo bo gao

     

叉烧包

 

Cha Siu Bao B.B.Q. Pork Bun cha shao bao

     

奶皇包

 

Lai Wong Bao Custard Cream Bun nai huang bao

     

咸水角

 

Ham Sui Gok Fried puff with savoury pork and mushroom filling xian shui jiao

     

芝麻煎堆仔

 

Jee Ma Jeen Dui Jai Sesame Balls ma tuan

     

蛋挞

 

Dan Tat Egg custard tarts egg tart

     

炸油条

 

Ja Yao Tiu Fried dough twists you tiao

     

糯米糍

 

Lor Mai Chee Glutinous Rice Cake (aka Mochi) mochi

     

小笼包

 

Ja Siu Long Bao Soup Dumpling xiao long bao

     

虾饺

 

Ha Gau Steamed Shrimp Dumpling xia jiao

     

潮州蒸粉果

 

Chiu Jow Jing Fun Goh Steamed Teochew dumplings filled with pork, mushrooms and bamboo shoots chao zhou fen guo

     

耗油鲜竹卷

 

Ho Yao Seen Juk Guen Beancurd Roll in Oyster Sauce xian zhu juan

     

牛百叶

 

Ngau Pak Yip Beef Tripe niu bai ye

     

叉烧酥

 

Cha Siu So BBQ Pork Puff cha shao su

     

芋角

 

Wu Gok Fried Taro Puff yu jiao

     

荷叶珍珠鸡

 

Hor Yip Jun Ju Gai Glutinous rice & chicken wrapped in lotus leaves he ye fan

     

肠粉

 

Cheung Fun Shrimp wrapped in rice ‘cannelloni’ cha shao chang fen

     

糯米饭

 

Lor Mai Fan Glutinous Rice, usually with lap cheung (chinese sausage) and mushrooms nuo mi fan

     
       

     
       

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