Meaning of dim sum in English:

dim sum

(also dim sim)


mass noun
  • A Chinese dish of small steamed or fried savoury dumplings containing various fillings.

    • ‘There is Chinese food too - bean-curd soup, dim sum and spring rolls.’
    • ‘Sake wine and whiskey are also the order of the day, along with delicious bar snacks from sashimi and dim sum to fried oysters and Japanese sausage.’
    • ‘There are Filipino stews, take out Chinese dim sum, or German sausages and French pastries at a deli.’
    • ‘The dish is one variety of the popular Chinese dim sum, usually served before a main meal.’
    • ‘The food is an exotic mix of tapas and dim sum, so you eat chorizo and calamari one minute, spring rolls and satay the next.’
    • ‘The dishes will then be delivered at home five times a day, which includes main courses, drinks, vegetables, fruit, dim sum and Chinese herbs.’
    • ‘During the day it offers set menus and afternoon tea with Cantonese dishes and dim sum at reasonable prices.’
    • ‘Of all the great Chinese cuisine, dim sum stands out as a perennial favorite around the world.’
    • ‘Let us know what your favorite fried fish or grits place is; tell us where the best deli is, where the top dim sum is.’
    • ‘The dim sum were similarly faultless, beautiful little shells served in the plump, squeaky prime of their short lives - the advantage of a short menu and the personnel to make them to order.’
    • ‘The dim sum promises to be ‘heavenly’, while the tomato soup guarantees to boost the body's ‘healing power’.’
    • ‘Nowadays, various dim sum are also sold in takeaways as many students and office workers' day-to-day breakfast.’
    • ‘The children also enjoyed a little Chinese cuisine as they tucked into a feast of seaweed, rice parcels wrapped in lotus laves, dim sum, noodles and prawn crackers.’
    • ‘Obviously the queues are prompted by the availability of dim sum.’
    • ‘Wontons may be steamed or pan fried or deep-fried; and are often served in soups, or as items in dim sum.’
    • ‘I would be happy to drink large quantities of this easy white with all manner of fragrant dim sum, too.’
    • ‘The dim sum - a range of delicious individual dishes like a Chinese version of tapas - weren't served after 6pm, our waitress explained apologetically.’
    • ‘You'd notice she's athletic and has an eclectic sense of style, and you'd be impressed that she eats sushi and dim sum.’
    • ‘If you're searching for the perfect dim sum or sushi, try Chinatown and Little Tokyo.’
    • ‘This makes the dim sum fresh, and makes other dim sum seem greasy and congealed by comparison.’


From Chinese (Cantonese dialect) tim sam, from tim ‘dot’ and sam ‘heart’.


dim sum

/dɪm ˈsʌm/