09/27/2013 09:25 am ET Updated Oct 01, 2013

Dim Sum Guide: Be Ready When The Carts Roll By (PHOTOS)

When it comes to Chinese food, Dim Sum is about as good as it gets -- you get to try a variety of different dishes, get to know a different culinary culture, and even make some new friends at the communal tables. Often referred to as "Chinese brunch," Dim Sum meals are generally conducted with multiple parties sharing large tables, with diners choosing dishes off carts that travel through the restaurant.

But while Dim Sum can be a delicious (and abundant) experience, it can also be a confusing one. Besides figuring out proper Dim Sum etiquette, it can also be difficult to determine what exactly you are being offered from each of the wheeled carts; with no obvious labels and many foods that you may not be familiar with, choosing dishes can be a bit of a trial-and-error experience. To help decrease the odds of picking at random and increase the odds of getting something you will actually want to eat, we've put together a guide explaining 10 of the most common Dim Sum foods -- next time, you won't be completely in the dark when the Dim Sum carts come around.

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