Going to yum cha with family every Sunday is an important Chinese tradition that has been passed down through many generations. Friends and family gather around a table covered with bamboo baskets that hold a variety of dim sum, recounting tales both ancient and new. It is as common a meal in Hong Kong as coffee and toast in Western culture. Traditional tea houses, where Chinese tea is enjoyed with dim sum, date back to ancient China and have long been known as a place of rest and conversation for the common folk.
The Cantonese expression “yum cha” literally translates to “drink tea” and has been a longstanding tradition in China. However, it wasn’t until approximately two centuries ago that the teatime snack tradition known as dim sum began to develop in teahouses situated in and around Guangzhou, and eventually spread to Hong Kong, forming an integral part of Cantonese culture.
Dim Sum, which translates to “touch the heart” in English, is the name given to the delicious array of dishes served during yum cha. These dishes are designed to tantalize the taste buds with a combination of savory and sweet flavors, all of which can be enjoyed in bite-sized portions, making dim sum a perfect choice for group outings and family gatherings. Traditional dim sum features an extensive selection of steamed and fried buns, dumplings, and rolls, each with its own unique filling and texture. The variety of dim sum dishes available reflects the rich culinary traditions of Chinese cuisine and the innovation and creativity of Cantonese chefs over the centuries.
At Tàn Chá, our signature dim sum selections were curated for every flavor one might desire, and each bun is carefully and perfectly crafted into an edible art piece. From Sichuanese Poached Won Tons to Wagyu Beef Pot Stickers, as well as plenty of vegetarian, yet umami-filled, options, you are sure to find a dim sum dish that will satisfy your palate and touch your heart whether you are a first-time diner or a seasoned connoisseur.
And we can’t forget that drinking Chinese tea is a quintessential part of any authentic Chinese dining experience. Not only does it provide numerous health benefits, but it also perfectly complements the richness of the food. At Tàn Chá we pride ourselves on our wide range of premium Chinese teas. Our knowledgeable tea sommelier, Jennifer, will be delighted to assist you in selecting the ideal tea to accompany each of our delectable dim sum dishes, ensuring a truly exquisite culinary experience.
So, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a memorable dining experience, we invite you to join us for a culinary adventure that will leave you and your loved ones feeling happy, satisfied, and eager to return for more. Find out for yourself why Tàn Chá is the best Dim Sum restaurant in Dubai!