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21 Crucial Tips To Become A Dim Sum Pro

It can be overwhelming when you're surrounded by tons of little delicious dishes and your food is running away from you on four wheels.

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1. Be prepared to feel slightly claustrophobic before you're seated.

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Try not to freak out as people enclose on your personal space. That's not a concept that exists in Chinese restaurants.

2. Don't worry about getting lost in the crowd if you arrive separately.

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They'll find you before you've even walked in. You'll hear multiple people screaming your name and waving frantically. It's a nice way to be welcomed.

3. Clean your utensils.

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Either with your napkin or kick it up a notch and use your tea.

4. Get excited to spend hours eating and catching-up with people.

One of the best parts is that you never feel rushed to give up your table and you can just keep on eating and eating! And taking breaks to talk to people of course.
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One of the best parts is that you never feel rushed to give up your table and you can just keep on eating and eating! And taking breaks to talk to people of course.

5. Pour tea for everyone else before you pour your own.

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Typically, pour for the oldest person at the table first. Even if you noticed they haven't been drinking a lot of their tea, it's still a polite gesture to make.

6. Thank the person who's pouring your tea by tapping your finger(s) on the table.

The story behind this gesture is that a Chinese emperor tapped his fingers as a "thank you" in public restaurants to conceal his identity. Think of it as your fingers bowing.
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The story behind this gesture is that a Chinese emperor tapped his fingers as a "thank you" in public restaurants to conceal his identity. Think of it as your fingers bowing.

7. Take a look at the other tables in case you recognize someone.

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Chances are that you probably will. This could be both a good and bad thing.

8. Offer the food on the table to other people even though they can see it.

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I'm not sure why this happens but just do it.

9. Don't know what the dish is called? Just point. Dim sum dish, I choose you!

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My ABCs reading this, you know what I'm talking about.

10. Make room for the waitress to place the food on your table.

Those little dishes have basically been sitting in an oven. You don't want to get burnt or have soy sauce spilled on you!
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Those little dishes have basically been sitting in an oven. You don't want to get burnt or have soy sauce spilled on you!

11. No more tea? Don't worry! Flip the lid upside down or put it at an angle and someone will come refill it right away.

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12. You may have to hunt for your food. If the one dish you've been waiting for hasn't passed by yet, go look for it.

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Don't forget to bring your table receipt.

13. If someone orders a dish you haven't tried, don't ask what it is before you eat it.

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Trust it'll be delicious just like everything else. It probably will be.

14. Like this dish that's one of my favorites but looks kind of weird!

It's steamed tripe. If you don't know what tripe is, don't look it up.
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It's steamed tripe. If you don't know what tripe is, don't look it up.

15. Still not full? Order a noodle or rice dish for the entire table.

This will also probably guarantee you have leftovers to take home!
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This will also probably guarantee you have leftovers to take home!

16. Don't forget to order something a little sweet to end the meal!

Like these little egg tarts! They're small enough so you can eat 5 without feeling guilty.
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Like these little egg tarts! They're small enough so you can eat 5 without feeling guilty.

17. When you're ready for your check, make eye contact with someone in a suit and make a writing motion with your hand.

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You'll likely be ready to explode by this time because you're so full.

18. If there are adults, wait as they fight over the check. They will get loud and aggressive.

Don't worry, they're supposed to do this. This is an actual photo of my aunt wrestling my mom for the bill. Yes, even family throws elbows. Shout out to my cousin Lisa whose mom won.
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Don't worry, they're supposed to do this. This is an actual photo of my aunt wrestling my mom for the bill. Yes, even family throws elbows. Shout out to my cousin Lisa whose mom won.

19. If you're the adult, make sure you reach for the check as soon as it's placed on the table.

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It's a game of strength and speed.

20. The bill gets paid at the register and tip is left at the table.

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I like to leave the tip between the teapot lid and the teapot. Make sure you have cash because some places don't accept card or will charge a fee.

21. Say your goodbyes and don't forget to take the leftovers with you. Hooray for having a snack later when you get hungry in 2-3 hours!

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