PHOENIX DIM SUM
In the Canton provinces, many people gather at tea houses during the morning and early afternoon to socialize or conduct business over small meals.
In China this is most popularly called going to yum cha – going to tea – because the drinking of tea is so strongly associated with the snack foods served.
In the United States, however, we are most familiar with the term dim sum to describe these small meals. Dim sum, literally translated from the
Cantonese, means “dot-hearts”, small treats that touch the heart.
Just as the arrival of food is ongoing, the supply of tea is endless. When a teapot is empty, the customer need only leave the lid up, and it will be
whisked away and refilled. One story told to explain this custom involves a poor student who hid a bird in his teapot. When the waiter came to refill the
pot and lifted the lid, the bird flew away. According to his plan, the student made a loud fuss. It was a very valuable bird, he said, and the restaurant
owed him recompense. After this, the restaurant -- and all others—decided to wait for customers to lift the lid of an empty teapot is a refill was needed..
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