Hong Kong Table – Test Drive – Dim Sums!!!
My friends chit-chatting!!:)
Platter – Dim Sums.
Cream buns with lotus seeds filling!
Pork BBQ Sums(no idea about the taste)
Lotus leaf wrapped Sticky rice(Leaf is not eaten tho’ hee hee)
This was bit stinky to me!:(
Shrimp Dumplings, everyone’s favourite!
I fried these Sesame balls.
Daphne & Suzete seriously cooking!
I am an active member of Cook! Eat! Share! – the International Club at Oxford, University of Mississippi. It is an unique club, we talk about culture, history, business and life style. Pretty much like the name, we also Cook, Eat and Share!
It is an easy way to learn one’s culture, through food! Every 3 months, we feature a table, that reflects the culture and cuisine of the country! We the members, meet up every week and decide about the theme. A member from that particular country will let us know about their lifestyle, how to procure the ingredients, cooking style, eating habits and culture associated with it!! Almost every week, he/she will be bringing in some food, to share…which goes into criticism and approval mode! Finally we will decide the menu for a table and test drive the recipes picked!
Well, on the big day, when we host ‘The International Table’, it will also have an interesting presentation!! It is a big challenge to cook for 40 – 50 people!! We follow the same restaurant rules. Cook from scratch. All the members will divide our labour, in the kitchen plus at the table services. The member of that particular country(that we are featuring) will be the boss in the kitchen, we will go by his/her rule. The real challenge comes from the table settings, services, cooking to perfection, maintaining the warmness of food through out the episode….etc.
We are featuring Hong Kong table this month, so finally thought to blog about the club!! My friend, Daphne Ingene is native to Hong Kong. She is doing her PH.D in counselling! While talking about the Hong Kong culture, certainly a talk about ‘Dim Sums’ didn’t escape from our conversation. ‘Dim Sums’ literally means ‘Little Hearts’ in Cantonese language. It will served along with Oolong tea or Jasmine tea.
History:It seems at first, at various tea shops, they only served tea in the beginning, were folks gathered for a drink and little chit chat. Later they started serving light snacks along with tea. Over time, now dim sums is always associated with tea and became a breakfast menu. There are several Dim Sums Restaurants in Hong Kong today, were families come in for a Saturday breakfast…talk talk and talk.
Criticism:When we test drived our recipes, I did notice, dim sums tasted better…only when we drank tea along with it. Fried Sesame balls are dessert’s, but I prefered them as starters, crunchy and chewy to start the food. There was one unique and very interesting recipe…although we all agreed on, not to try it(forever)!! Yeah it is chicken feet dim sums, liked by the natives! Daphne said…they are delicacies the ligaments tastes better(if someone need adventure, keep this info’ in mind)!! The lotus wrap sticky rice with chicken and mushroom was too good!! Choy Sum – a Chinese flowering cabbage(Bok Choy in U.S, Australia and France), was pretty much like spinach to me. Choy sum means inner stalks and tips in Cantonese(so don’t hesitate to pick them up, next time you see in Korean/Chinese market). I didn’t try Pork BBBQ sums, as I have never eaten pork in my life(no beef or pork, by choice). But everyone said it was damn good!! Crytal shrimp dumplings and chive dumplings were awesome(I started to cook them for myself at home). The dessert ‘Cream bun’ was unique, much like ‘Indian Pooran Modhak’, were the filling varied…sweetened lotus seeds.
Culture:Imagine we are dinning in Hong Kong…try to order more than 5-7 dim sums varieties and share with friends, yeah that’s the culture there. And each table has its own Tea pot, if the pot is empty…you don’t have to yell at the waiter…just keep the lid open, the waiter will be soon there. When the waiter comes to service…you may not necessarily say ‘Thank you’ as you’ll be busy engaged in talking…but try to tap twice on the table(use fore and middle finger, to tap twice). It implies that you’re thank full, real multi tasking, right!