Literally translated, dim sum means "touch the heart." Poetically translated, it means the "heart's delight." Too true. Dim sum is a feast of mouthwatering, bite-sized morsels of varying textures, preparations, and succulent flavors.

Going to yum cha ("drink tea") is what we call going out for tea and dim sum in Chinese. The practice originated in southerm China, was perfected in Hong Kong, and now, in any given place with a Cantonese-speaking population, it is a favorite weekend pastime--think brunch-meets-Chinese-tapas.

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