Guangzhou is famous for its snack foods, or dim sum, which are a part of the city’s culture. In Cantonese-style tea restaurants, carts are wheeled from table to table, from which diners can choose tapas-portioned dishes they like. Overseas, dim sum is even more popular than other Chinese dishes.
The 10 most famous dim sum foods in Guangzhou are:
Shrimp dumplings 薄皮鲜虾饺
Shrimp dumplings, or har gow in Cantonese, have a thin and translucent wrapping made of wheat starch, tapioca starch, oil and a small amount of salt, added with boiling water. Traditionally, the wrapping should have at least seven and preferably ten or more pleats and is sticky and chewy. The filling contains shrimp, cooked pork fat, bamboo shoots, scallions, cornstarch, sesame seed oil, soy sauce, sugar and other seasonings. The dumpling is steamed in a bamboo basket until translucent. It is usually served with soy sauce or red rice vinegar.