pix of dim sumWhat is Dim Sum?
There is a wide range of different Dim Sum available, from sweet to salty, sometimes a bit spicier too. It has a combination of of meat, vegetables, seafood and sometimes even fruits. It's usually served in small baskets or on small plates in sets of 3 or 4 depending on the types.
Classic Dim Sum includes buns as bao, dumpling and rice rolls with ingredients as chicken, pork, prawns and vegetables, many will be complete vegetarian. In some restaurants you find also offer plates with green vegetables, roasted meats, rice porridge and soups.
In Ipoh, where there is a large population of Chinese people, you will find excellent prawn dumpling (maybe even my favorite). Siew Mai is a kind of dumpling with meat filling while siew pau is barbeque meat bun. Fish balls are usually available, as cheong fun, glutinous rice rolls amongst many other types.
Dim Sum can be cooked by steaming and frying but other methods are possible. You will choose a few different types, usually they come in sets of 3 or 4. It's usually quite cheap but if you try a few different types, it can add up the bill. Sharing the table with friends gives you the opportunity to try different dumplings and keep the bill payable.
Usually in a restaurant the staff will come with a set of ready Dim Sum on a mobile cart. You choose and you eat and you chat and you have fun. Sounds great? When you travel in Malaysia, try to find a place where you see people steam dishes. You will not be disappointed.