Craving authentic dim sum but unsure where to start? Eyeing the steamer, but… a touch lost? We feel ya. Fear not, we’ve got the perfect remedy. Eight! Yes, eight top-notch Dim Sum Chinese cookbooks to the rescue. With these guides, you’ll be whipping up Shumai and Har Gow in no time. No need for take-out, ‘cause homemade dim sum just got real!
Top 8 Dim Sum Chinese Cookbooks
Here is the list of Dim Sum Chinese Cookbooks
- The Nom Wah Cookbook: Recipes and Stories by Wilson Tang, Joshua David Stein – Best Overall
- Dim Sum: The Art of Chinese Tea Lunch by Ellen Leong Blonder – Editor’s Choice
- Dim Sum by Vicki Liley – Best for Beginners
- The Dim Sum Field Guide: by Carolyn Phillips – Best Field Guide
- Chinese Snacks by Huang Su-Huei, Chen Chang-Yen – Best for Snack Lovers
- Dim Sum: A Pocket Guide by Kit Shan Li – Best Pocket Guide
- Dim Sum: A Survival Guide by Liza Chu – Best for Travelers
- Dim Sum Made Easy by Lucille Liang – Best for Quick Recipes
The Nom Wah Cookbook: Recipes… by Wilson Tang, Joshua David Stein
Drawing from the rich tapestry of stories and recipes from the Nom Wah Tea Parlor, “The Nom Wah Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from 100 Years at New York City’s Iconic Dim Sum Restaurant” by Wilson Tang and Joshua David Stein is a culinary masterpiece. This isn’t just a cookbook. It’s a journey through a century of dim sum, from the bustling streets of New York’s Chinatown to the heart of Toishan. Wilson Tang, the owner, serves up a delightful mix of traditional and contemporary recipes, all while painting a vivid picture of a community that’s flourished, struggled, and savored every bite. For those who’ve ever wondered about the magic behind those bamboo steamers, this book offers a peek into the world of dumplings, bao, and more. But more than that, it’s a story of resilience, tradition, and the flavors that bind us all together.
Dim Sum: The Art of Chinese Tea Lunch by Ellen Leong Blonder
Drawing from my global culinary experiences, “Dim Sum: The Art of Chinese… by Ellen Leong Blonder” is a delightful gem. The book captures the essence of traditional dim sum, blending authenticity with creativity. The recipes? Simply divine. They transport you straight to the bustling streets of Hong Kong. The illustrations? A visual treat, echoing the art of presentation I so cherish. And the techniques? They reflect a deep respect for age-old culinary traditions. This isn’t just a cookbook; it’s a journey. A journey of flavors, textures, and aromas. A must-have for every dim sum lover.
Dim Sum by Vicki Liley
Drawing from the insights gathered from both Amazon and Goodreads: “Dim Sum” by Vicki Liley is a delightful journey into the world of traditional Chinese appetizers. With a collection of 54 recipes, this cookbook is a treasure trove for those eager to dive into the succulent world of Chinese cuisine. What’s captivating is the cultural context and the vivid full-color photos accompanying each recipe. It’s not just a cookbook; it’s a sensory experience. The detailed information about ingredients, utensils, and cooking methods makes it a perfect pick for beginners. The flavors of Chinese cuisine await to be discovered in your kitchen. And… it’s a visual treat too!
The Dim Sum Field Guide: by Carolyn Phillips
Ever wondered about the art behind those delicate dim sum dishes? Carolyn Phillips, a name synonymous with culinary expertise, brings to life the world of dim sum in this whimsically illustrated guide. It’s not just a book; it’s an experience. From siu mai to milk tarts, Phillips paints a vivid picture of the Chinese teahouse tradition. And trust me, as someone who’s tasted global flavors, this guide is a gem. It’s educational, engaging, and oh-so-enlightening. Whether you’re a dim sum novice or a seasoned enthusiast, this guide is your ticket to a delightful culinary journey. And… it’s pocket-sized! Perfect for your next food adventure.
Chinese Snacks by Huang Su-Huei, Chen Chang-Yen
“Chinese Snacks” by Huang Su-Huei and Chen Chang-Yen is a delightful journey into the world of authentic Chinese snacks.This cookbook is a treasure trove for snack lovers, offering a rich array of recipes that tantalize the taste buds. The authors, with their deep-rooted knowledge, bring forth the essence of traditional Chinese snacks, making it accessible for home cooks. The vivid descriptions and easy-to-follow instructions make it a joy to recreate these delicacies. It’s not just a cookbook; it’s an invitation to experience the flavors, textures, and aromas of genuine Chinese snacks. A must-have for those passionate about exploring diverse food cultures. And… it’s an absolute treat for the senses!
Dim Sum: A Pocket Guide by Kit Shan Li
Ah, dim sum! Those delightful small plates, each a universe of flavor. Kit Shan Li’s guide is like a culinary compass for this Chinese brunch wonderland. With vivid photos and crisp descriptions, it’s a revelation for both dim sum novices and aficionados. Ever wondered about the difference between a chive dumpling and a mango pudding? This guide’s got you. And it’s not just about identifying dishes. It’s about understanding the art, the tradition, and the etiquette. From the nuances of tea rituals to the symphony of ingredients in each bite, this pocket guide is a treasure. Awarded as the ‘Best Pocket Guide’, it’s a must-have for every dim sum lover. And trust me, I’ve tasted my way around the world.
Dim Sum: A Survival Guide by Liza Chu
Ever been to a dim sum restaurant and felt overwhelmed? Liza Chu’s “Dim Sum: A Survival Guide” is your pocket savior. This guide, though compact, is packed with vivid photos that’ll make your mouth water. It’s not just about the visuals; the descriptions are on point, helping you recognize and appreciate the art of dim sum. While some might yearn for recipes, remember, dim sum is an art best left to the masters. For travelers, especially those with a penchant for authentic culinary experiences, this guide is a must-have. It’s like having a knowledgeable friend whispering in your ear, guiding you through the intricate world of dim sum. And… if you ever find yourself in Hong Kong, this guide is gold.
Dim Sum Made Easy by Lucille Liang
Lucille Liang’s “Dim Sum Made Easy” is a gem. It’s a delightful guide for those craving authentic dim sum without hours in the kitchen. Lucille’s approach? Simplified recipes without compromising taste. The book’s pages are filled with vibrant images, making the art of dim sum more accessible. From shrimp dumplings to sweet buns, each recipe is a journey through China’s rich culinary history. And the best part? Quick recipes. Perfect for busy foodies like you and me. It’s educational, engaging, and oh-so actionable.
Final Say So!
Dim sum, a culinary art form, and these eight cookbooks? Your gateway to mastering it. From quick recipes to deep dives into tradition, there’s a guide for every dim sum enthusiast. So, next time you’re craving those delicate bites, remember: with these books, you’re just a steam away from dim sum perfection. Happy cooking and even happier eating!