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Kit Shan Li
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26 Mar 2004
With its small plates and endless assortment of dishes, dim sum is an increasingly popular way to do brunch. For those new to this fun feast, or regulars looking to try a different dish, "Dim Sum" is the ultimate guidebook to this traditional Chinese meal. Perfect for popping into a purse or pocket, this handy guide identifies the 50 most popular dim sum dishes with full-color photographs, short descriptions of the ingredients, the names of the dishes in English and Cantonese, and how to pronounce them. As the carts roll by, a quick glance at the book will tell a jean gow choy bang (chive dumpling) from mong gwor bo deen (mango pudding), and demystify the contents of that bamboo steamer. With tips on restaurant etiquette and how-tos for everything from refilling the teapot to handling chopsticks, "Dim Sum" is yum yum for everyone.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Poc edition (26 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811841782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811841788
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 8.9 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 714,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ordering dim sum is usually a pick and point operation, transcending any language barrier, as carts of foods roll by. "Dim Sum, A Pocket Guide" by Kit Shan Li explains about 50 items, giving Chinese transliterations of the names and clear, appetizing photographs. Steamed pork dumplings, shrimp dumplings, barbecued pork buns and spring rolls share the pages with duck feet and tripe. But where are the popular pot sticker dumplings? Tea etiquette (taking the lid off the pot when you want a refill) is explained, but not the protocol of different size plates for tallying the bill. There is a diagram for using chopsticks. -The New York TimesWant to sound like less of a tourist from Iowa when the dim sum trolley rolls around? "Dim Sum, a Pocket Guide," by Kit Shan Li features photos and descriptions of the most common dim sum items, from dumplings to desserts. The little dishes are identified by their Chinese and English names, with main ingredients listed. The author cautions that individual restaurants may do some variations, but the sturdy little red book, which will fit into a coat pocket or purse, can take a lot of guess work out of your ordering. Don't cotton to the idea of marinated beef stomach? Just say "nor my guy," which is not a reference to your main squeeze, but indicates that you prefer glutinous rice and chicken accented with mushrooms, dried shrimp and pork, wrapped in a lotus leaf. But you always knew that. -San Francisco Chronicle

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Kit Shan Li is an award-winning designer and graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she now calls home.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT LITTLE REFERENCE GUIDE 6 May 2010
By Anon
For those who chose not to read the description, this is not a recipe book but a guidebook - indispensible for first (or second) time visitors to Dim Sum restaurants who want to know what they are ordering. Full colour pictures and descriptions make this little book helpful to carry in your bag or pocket (Hence the subtitle: pocket guide).
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1.0 out of 5 stars A very Silly cook? book 28 Nov 2007
I brought this book thinking it was a recipe book. When I got it, it was very very disapointing to find that it was a picture book. The picture were great but I wanted to know how to cook it!!! I know what it looks like.so for me it was a waste of money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy !!! 31 Jan 2014
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Great little pocket book, very satisfied , would recommend ,good pics, description of food very satisfied,makes me hungry just lookin at pics
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great dim sum survival guide 13 April 2012
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A recent visit to San Francisco encountering the Dim Sum shops of Chinatown revealed my inability to survive anything beyond an English menu (fortunately a young Chinese lady helped me out). In Chinatown typically all menus are in Chinese, many items look the same and no staff speak English but there is lots of great food, that's where this book comes in. It presents a clear guide in English and Cantonese with beautiful photos of common Dim Sum dishes along with a guide to typical etiquette. No recipes but lots of useful information. If you're looking for a recipe book then Dim Sum is much better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars great description of dim sum but no cookbook 16 Oct 2010
Unfortunately I was after Dim Sum recipes and this is no cookbook. Gives good descriptions of many resturant Dim Sums but it is a breif description only, small pocket size book and did give me some ideas for cooking different items
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