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Dim Sum (Essential Kitchen Series) [Hardcover]

By Vicki Liley (Author)
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Outline ReviewWhat could be more exotic than dim sum, those small taste treats served at teatime and on weekends in Chinese restaurants? More than appetizers yet less than entrees, the world of dim sum fills a peculiar culinary role when a little bite of something is absolutely in order. And while you're up, would you please make that unusual?

Vicki Liley's Dim Sum, published as part of the Essential Kitchen series, strips much of the mystery away. The combination of color photography and careful instruction gives even the novice cook permission to blunder along. But the ingredients are so flavorful that even the blunders are going to taste great. And with practice, the style of carefully made dumplings and potstickers will come together.

Dim Sum begins with a section on how to serve what you have so lovingly prepared, followed by a section on drinking tea, perhaps the best accompaniment for dim sum. The author suggests that as you explore the ways of making dim sum, you can explore a wide variety of tea, too. Then there follow sections on utensils, common ingredients, and a step-by-step, illustrated section on basic methods--how to deep-fry, how to steam, how to make dumplings, how to make buns.

And then the recipes, each one accompanied by a beautiful photo that gives the novice a clear idea of the target. You'll find Golden Shrimp Balls, Flower Dumplings, Spring Rolls, Shanghai Dumplings right off the bat. Then there's a section devoted to dumplings, another to steamed buns, one for wraps, one for seafood, one for pork, one for vegetables, and finally a section on desserts. Oh yeah, and the ever-important dipping sauces, too. Anyone who lives anywhere near an Asian market will benefit from Dim Sum. --Schuyler Ingle

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Dim Sum is a comtemporary collection of traditional Chinese appetizers. A variety of succulent and Healthy recipes can be found here, including Steamed Pork Buns, Pot Sticker Dumplings, Vegetable Spring Rolls, and Mango Pudding. Also included is information about the culture surrounding Dim Sum, ingredients and utensils, and Cookinging methods. Full-color photos accompany every recipe, guaranteed to inspire you to discover the superb flavors of Chinese cuisine in your own home.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Periplus Editions
Pages   112
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.9" Width: 9.34" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   1.63 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 15, 1999
Publisher   Periplus Editions
ISBN  9625935282  
ISBN13  9789625935287  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James Butler was a cocktail maker at the innovative Tonic Bar and Restaurant, and is now at Otto, a restaurant in Woolloomooloo, a suburb of Sydney.
Vicki Liley has written for Australia's leading food magazines and is the author of a number of cookbooks.

Vicki Liley currently resides in Sydney.

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1Books > Subjects > Cooking, Food & Wine > General
2Books > Subjects > Cooking, Food & Wine > Meals > Appetizers
3Books > Subjects > Cooking, Food & Wine > Regional & International > Asian > Chinese

Reviews - What do customers think about Dim Sum (Essential Kitchen Series)?

Not very authentic  Oct 12, 2006
Truth is, the pictures are quite nice and it makes for a nice cofeetable book but I think several reviewers here pointed out correctly that this is not an authentic chinese dim sum book. The recipes have incorrect ingredients (fish sauce in chinese cooking?) and the few recipes I tried didnt have complete lists of ingredients and lacked in flavor. This is made for an uneducated, simplified western audience. With more and more people dining in dim sum establishment nowadays, our palates are more discriminating. I really liked the "Dim Sum - The Art of Chinese Tea Lunch" by Ellen Leong Blonder.
dim sum  Sep 1, 2006
I was looking for a complete book on dim sum food because my daughter is such a big fan. We found almost all of the foods she loves to snack on except one so our search continues but we are enjoying the book and all it offers - yum!
Dim Sum Lite  Feb 26, 2005
This is a REALLY bad book. I was very disappointed in the complete lack of authenticity of the recipes. That they should be simplified is something I've come to expect, but that they should be so inauthentic is inexcusable in this day and age when Chinese ingredients are so widely available--in supermarkets, Chinatowns, or online. Here are some examples:

In the section on ingredients, Ms. Liley includes (Vietnamese) rice paper wrappers (although the Chinese do in a very few cases use a type of rice paper wrapper, it bears no resemblance whatever to the hard, glassy Vietnamese kind); she states erroniously that Spring roll wrappers are made of rice flour (see Eileen Yin-Fei Lo's "The Dim Sum Dumpling Book" for the authentic recipe and method); and she labels as wonton wrappers, which are square and egg-based, potsticker/gyoza wrappers, which are round and water-based.

In the recipe for Pearl Balls (p.26), she lists short-grain rice instead of glutinous rice for the coating, and suggests that the rice be soaked for 30 minutes. I have been making pearl balls since I was 16 years old, and you *must* use glutinous rice, because even short grain non-glutionous rice won't soften in the relatively short steaming. Also, the rice needs at least 1.5 or 2 hours soaking.

Finally, Ms Liley in recipe after recipe suggests fish sauce (widely used in Vietnamese, Thai, and Filipino cooking, but never in mainstream Chinese) as, presumably, a substitute for light soy sauce, since most Chinese recipes specify light soy sauce (or a combination of light and dark soy sauces) for fish or seafood-based dishes.

The photos are exquisite, but what good are glamourous photos when the content is so falsified? Better to take the extra money and buy Lo's dim sum book, or the book "Dim Sum" by Rhoda Yee (the text is excruciating, but the recipes are good and really work), or for those who really want to get into this in depth, the dim sum books by Wei-Chuan Publishing.
Great Authentic Recipes  May 21, 2002
This is an excellent cookbook. I had borrowed one from a friend of mine and decided that she couldn't have it back. I had to buy a new copy to get one back to her. The recipes are a good sampling of and introduction to authentic Chinese Dim Sum. A beginner can follow these recipes and get authentic results. ... some recipes could/should have been included, but I feel that a book like this is an introductory level and stands well on its own. I also felt that the recipes were not very Americanized. The Chinese restaurants near here (O.K. It IS Vermont) typically have steak teriaki and egg rolls as appetisers and nothing that even comes close to the recipes in this book. The ingredients are relatively easy to obtain in an American market or in an Asian market in American cities. The beginning of the book shows a great lesson in some of the techniques and some ingredients. As an American trying to learn more authentic Chinese recipes, I found this book most useful.
Yummy Dim Sum Recipes!..  Jan 19, 2002
..................I got this cookbook for Christmas along with a bamboo steamer (a must for making dims sum) from my sister and so far I've made several delectable recipes. This cookbook also makes cooking dim sum for the first time easy. There are sections devoted to: serving dim sum, making tea, common equipment and utensils, ingredients, and step by step dim sum cooking methods. There is also a handy glossary. I had never made dim sum before, but my husband and I have had marvelous success from the start.

The recipe section of the cookbook is divided into: classic dim sum; dumplings; buns; pancakes, parcels and wraps; seafood; pork; vegetables; desserts and dipping sauces. All and all this cookbook contains about forty-five recipes. So far we've tried, and enjoyed: Shanghai Dumplings, Wok-fried Money Bags, Flower Dumplings, Shrimp Toasts, Red Bean Paste Buns and the Ginger Soy Dipping Sauce.

The photos in this cookbook are attractive and will really make you want to start cooking right away. I only have one negative comment about this cookbook, which another reviewer has already mentioned. The recipes are Americanized and this was not evident to me until I actually tasted my first batch of dim sum. They were very good, but the flavors weren't bold enough. Now I simply make sure to add about double the amount of ginger, oyster sauce, soy sauce and garlic.


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