Only a handful of places in Glasgow produce the Chinese delicacy, dim sum, but one city centre restaurant that specialises in creating these little parcels is the aptly-named Dim Sum Restaurant.
Most foodies are already familiar with the term ‘dim sum’ but for those who are not, these tasty handmade dumplings are, according to Dim Sum’s managing director Colin Wan, “made from the heart”.
He explained: “Dim Sum in Chinese literally means ‘touching the heart’ so here, at Dim Sum, we make these little parcels by hand for you in our kitchen. Each one is tailor-made for everyone who dines here.”
It takes many years for chefs to master the art of making dim sum to perfection but fortunately, for this Glasgow restaurant – and foodies everywhere – it has Wei Cheng Lin working here.
Wei Cheng, who is now in his forties, has been a chef since the age of 17 and honed his dim sum-making skills in China before arriving in the UK. Colin is very proud to have him in the kitchen of his West Nile restaurant, which opened three years ago.
The restaurateur, who took over Dim Sum in summer 2018, said: “It took 10 years for Wei Cheng to master his dim sum skills. That’s because there are many elements to creating the perfect dim sum and the process is much more complicated and long-winded than people might think. First you have to create the perfect pastry, in terms of flavouring and consistency; then you must ensure the quality and quantity of the filling; before steaming it within the correct timescale.”
Although dim sum is the restaurant’s specialty, it is not all it does, for it also serves delicious traditional Chinese cuisine and Szechuan specials that are also continuing to impress its diners. One look at the extensive menu at Dim Sum and you will be spoilt for choice. You can guarantee that your favourite Chinese dish will be adorning it as there is everything from sweet & sour chicken balls in batter and Kung-Po pork to salt & chilli king prawns.
Perhaps you have always been intrigued by dim sum – which, interestingly, is traditionally served before noon in China – but never sampled them? Well, Dim Sum is the perfect place to try it as there are dim sum restaurants, and then there is Dim Sum Restaurant. Look out for the Shanghai Pork Dumpling which has soup inside it or consider the popular Stornoway Black Pudding Wanton with scallops and king prawn (both priced £5.20)!
Between 12-3pm is the ideal time to sample dim sum, as the restaurant offers three selected dim sum for just £10.95.
There is also a two-course lunch deal which includes one dim sum and one main course from the a la carte menu for £10.95 and it is served every day (one course is just £8.95). Then between 3-6pm the pre-theatre market menu is served.
*To book your table at Dim Sum, call 0141 328 0800 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org To view the menu, visit the website by clicking here and to see examples of some of their Instagrammable dishes, follow the restaurant on Instagram here.