Dim Sum & Co – Product Review
Just the other day, I was standing around the table in the staff kitchen with my colleagues. The conversation turned towards nostalgic topics, with people reminiscing about the shows they used to watch as children and teenagers – The Smurfs, Aggro’s Cartoon Connection, Puberty Blues, and more. Then they turned to me, and all I could do was shrug and say “I didn’t actually watch Australian television until I was twelve – before that, my dad used to rent tapes of Japanese cartoons dubbed into Chinese for me to watch instead”.
I grew up on a media diet of Crayon Shin-chan, Doraemon and Dr Slump. The benefits of this language immersion are clear – I’m essentially trilingual and can speak both conversational Cantonese and Mandarin fluently. Unlike my younger brother who grew up watching Australian TV and can’t speak the language, I can communicate with our extended family, watch Chinese movies without subtitles, and most importantly – order from Chinese yum cha restaurants!
I have an immense love for the ritual of Sunday lunch yum cha, yet I’ve always found myself yearning for the yum cha staples of siu mai and char siu bao at random times of the day. 3pm on a Tuesday afternoon. 11pm on Friday night. 7am on Thursday morning. A 24 hour yum cha restaurant would be my dream…until then though, Dim Sum & Co have released a range of frozen yum cha-style goodies to satiate one’s yum cha cravings!
I received a sample of their whole range to test and try and home. The first thing I notice was the great logo design and clever packaging design. It’s definitely a step above the usual frozen dumplings you might find at your local Asian supermarket, with much more memorable packaging. The range seems good as well, with a bias towards spring rolls.
What intrigues me most though, are the options they offer for cooking their products. For the spring rolls alone, they offer three different ways of cooking them – in a sandwich press (quick and easy!), in an oven (easy!) or pan fried (tasty!). The siu mai even comes packaged in a two-layered microwaveable container that’s designed to steam and microwave at the same time. It’s very ingenious, and the creator of the Dim Sum & Co range has definitely considered the different cooking options available to your average time-poor worker!
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