Top 8 Best Dim Sum Cookbooks Reviews
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The term “Dim Sum” is literally translated as “Touch the heart”. Yes, this Cantonese dish is meant to touch the heart of the consumers. In Cantonese, they call it Dim Sum Yum Cha. Here the term “Yum Cha” is translated as “to drink tea”. When taken together, this dish turns out to be a small dish that is served with tea. It encompasses a collection of sweet and savory tastes from a wide range of fried and steamed rolls, dumplings and buns. If you wish to serve this dish to your family during tea time for snacking, the right cookbooks that bring you different choices of this dish will help.
Here, we have gathered a list of best choices of cookbooks from different authors. You can read on and can select the right book that you feel will make your snack time enjoyable:
#1 Dim Sum
If you are new to Dim Sum cooking, you will find this tiny book highly helpful. If you are wondering what are dumplings, they are nothing, but a specific cuisine or dish of dim sum. In general, it is wrapped in dough with veggies or meat inside and then fried, boiled, or steamed. This book from Terry Tan will help you learn different types of dim sum recipes including dumplings.
If you are new to Dim Sum cooking and wish to make a great snack for your family, you will find this tiny book highly helpful. If you have tried to shop dim sums earlier in a restaurant near you and avoided seeing the price tag, you can make it at the comfort of your home with this cute little book.
The book will teach you 25 different dim sum recipes. It means that you can get nearly a month-long option with small variations to make dim sum for your family. Even, the book teaches other recipes like cakes and fried shrimp balls. For a person without experience in making dim sum, this book will turn out to be the best choice.
From our review of this book, the very look of this book with its hardcover and small size makes it impressive. When it comes to recipes in this book, 25 variations in dim sum are shown by the author and most of them are similar to some simple variations.
#2 Essential Wok Cookbook
If you wish to learn other Chinese recipes along with dim sum, this book from Naomi Imatome-Yun can turn out to be the best choice for you.
Author Namoi Imatome-Yun has written four cookbooks. To help people to save the money they otherwise will have to spend to taste a Chinese dish, she has created this book with a lot of recipes. If you have come across the names of different Chinese dishes in a restaurant near you and wish to try them in your home, this book can turn out to be the right choice.
In addition to helping you learn how to cook the Dim Sum, this book from an experienced author will take your wok cooking to a new level. Yes, the book has many recipes that will help you learn how to make the effective use of the wok in your home. If you have just 30 minutes or even lesser time left for cooking, you will learn recipes that you can prepare in your wok within the available less time.
From our review of this dim sum cookbook, we found that this is not just a cookbook to help you learn this dish. Many readers also feel that this is a book meant for people interested in cooking Chinese recipes. Also, other readers feel that this is a great book for those interested in learning healthy wok cooking.
#3 Chinese Soul Food
If you are looking for a friendly guide to learn dim sum dumplings and other Chinese recipes, this book from author Hsiao-Ching Chou can turn out to be the right choice for you.
Many of us believe that it will be possible to taste some dishes only in restaurants. But, with this book, you will learn how to make such Chinese dishes in the comfort of your home. This book will help you find recipes with ingredients that will be readily available in supermarkets near you.
You will learn to cook dim sum and other Chinese recipes that are always considered restaurant favorites. The satisfaction of making healthy and delicious restaurant favorites at home is something that you will learn from this book. You will learn many recipes that will become unbelievably easy to make from this book.
Many readers of this book feel that this is a book to learn authentic Chinese recipes to make at home. The recipes are written in such a way that they are easy to understand as claimed by many readers.
#4 Distinctive Snacks of Hong Kong
This book from author Becky Chan has everything from dim sum and other snacks made in Hong Kong and China.
If you wish that your family should avoid the food additives and colorants used in restaurants and should eat healthy snacks, you can get this book to learn how to do the dim sum and other healthy snack options that will make the evenings in your home fun-filled and enjoyable.
If you wish to enjoy healthy and environmental-friendly snacks at home, you can make the recipes that this book shares. The author has posted nearly 88 healthy snack options like assorted New Year crispies, assorted Chinese pickles, etc.
Many readers feel that this book is the right choice if you wish to make some street foods sold in Hong Kong right in the comfort of your home. Most buyers are happy that they have bought a worthy book to quench their interest in Chinese snacks cooking.
#5 Family Style Chinese Cookbook
This book from author Shanti Christensen was written following her Culinary Journey to China, from where she learned authentic Chinese recipes from homes. She feels that she could taste authentic Chinese recipes not from the restaurants in China, but from the homes of the locals. She has shared whatever she learned in this book.
In general, you can learn the traditional dishes of any country only from the locals. Of course, you can taste those foods in the restaurants there. But, authenticity comes only from the recipes passed on from generation to generation. If you wish to taste some of the authentic Chinese recipes like Dim Sum, you can choose this book that will teach you family-style Chinese cooking.
As the name of this book implies, you can learn family-style Chinese recipes from this book. You might find many books that teach restaurant recipes, but this book is unique in the way that it was written by the author by gathering recipes from the homes in China during her culinary visit to the nation. Chinese restaurants near you will sell only westernized Chinese recipes, but from this book, you can learn authentic Chinese recipes that are still prepared in homes in this country.
For writing this review, we went through the book. We found that this book should be in the hands of any person interested in making authentic Chinese recipes in her home. Readers of this book stated that they really loved the useful tips given by the author for stocking up things in a Chinese pantry.
#6 Easy Chinese Recipes
This book from Bee Yinn Low is yet another opt choice if you wish to learn family favorites in China starting from Dim Sum to Kung Pao.
The love of the author of this book to Chinese foods has prevented her from westernizing the traditional Chinese dishes. She has shared the Chinese recipes that she learned from her childhood days in a Chinese household in Malaysia. So, this book is the right choice if you are particular about tasting authentic Chinese recipes in your home.
You will learn not just authentic Chinese recipes, but the variations that the author has used out of her creativity for each recipe. In turn, traditional Chinese recipes even taste better. Among the many recipes that she has shared Homestyle Chow Mein Noodles will impress you.
Many readers of this book when talking about the cooking variations that the author has shared feel that the new ideas are hard to find elsewhere.
#7 Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More
This book from Andrea Nguyen in addition to helping readers learn how to cook Asian Dumplings also offers many other recipes like gyoza, samosas, and spring rolls.
The celebrated food writer and teacher Nguyen has shared more than 75 Chinese recipes in this book. She has shared clear recipes of Asia’s most familiar sweet and savory parcels.
The author has organized the recipes under different categories to make it easier for readers to understand and learn Chinese recipes. Not just Chinese dumplings, you will learn many other variants like those prepared in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Tibet, Nepal, Korea, Japan, and China.
Many readers feel that this is a must-have book for any person interested in making tasty dumplings at home.
#8 Dumplings All Day Wong
Lee Anna Wong is a celebrity chef. She has written this book to make dim sum preparation easier for all.
One of the important reasons to consider selecting this book is that the author is a chef. She is a celebrity Chef with lots of cooking experience. So, she has created this book to help others learn some unique recipes.
You might be aware of how to make dim sum with a specific filling using a particular cooking method. But, from this book, you will learn different types of dumplings with different fillings. Also, the author has shared how to cook those using different cooking methods like deep-frying, baking, etc.
Many readers feel that this book will make any person new to dumplings like a pro in making this great food.
From the above books that we reviewed, we found Family Style Chinese Cookbook to be the best choice. The reason is that the author has shared authentic Chinese recipes without westernizing them.