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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year : Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Steamed Chicken Dumplings

Out of all the Chinese New Year dishes to go crazy over, I have to say Dim Sum is my favorite. Born and raised in the Bay Area -Northern California, Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, Chinese New Year was celebrated in full force.The Dragon Dance parade would go on forever, the beating of the drums, the long animated body in sync and rhythm.
The Asian community has a long standing history in the San Francisco community and surrounding cities.If am not mistaken, San Francisco's Chinatown is the second largest Chinatown next to New York. I'm open to discussions on this,  if off  the top of my head memory is fading.

But continuing where I left off, the steamed dumplings are just one of many appetizers a.k.a.- Dim Sum.
Exactly what is it?
Dim Sum is a traditional Chinese cuisine in which small portions of various foods are delicately prepared and consumed.
Small bite sized or individual portions of food are served in small plates. This is only a portion of the Chinese cuisine served throughout this two week celebration. Other foods are even dubbed as lucky,other symbolic of wealth etc.

It's roots are linked to an even older tradition yum cha ( tea tasting), which satisfied the travelers appetite along the Silk Road.

 As tradition would have it Tea Service is just as important as the food. Green tea, scented tea and so on.And you haven't heard by now tea is loading with anti-oxidants.Drink up, say it with me wrinkles go away! Stay at bay!

So there is my brief take on Dim Sum and its role it serves in the Chinese New Year Celebration.
Find a Chinese New Year Event near you and try out something new.
"Surprise your taste buds".

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