COMMUNITY | Staff Reporter, UK

Cantonese restaurants join Chinatown London's first National Dim Sum week

The celebrations will run from June 30 to July 6.

Aiming to raise awareness and challenge misconceptions, Shaftesbury has announced that Chinatown London is launching the first ever National Dim Sum Week, supported by celebrity chef, Ken Hom OBE.

The celebrations will run from June 30 to July 6, where visitors can experience a traditional Cantonese dining experience with bespoke menus and tasting sessions from several participating restaurants, including Dumplings’ Legend, Golden Dragon, Golden Phoenix, Lotus Garden, New China, Orient London, Plum Valley and Wan Chai Corner.

Tenants of Chinatown London’s tenants are expected to offer over 1,000 recognised Dim Sum dishes, including unusual dishes such as Phoenix claws and turnip cake.

"It is a great opportunity for some of our world-class operators to showcase their rich and traditional culture. The week’s celebrations will allow visitors of Chinatown London to discover this ancient culinary experience and learn more about this widely popular food experience than is commonly known,” Julia Wilkinson, Head of Group Restaurant Strategy at Shaftesbury, said.

“A great variety of Chinese savoury and sweet snacks are eaten between meals and during banquets, which have been enjoyed by the Chinese for hundreds of years. These delicacies were originally only consumed by members of the imperial household, but over the centuries many affordable versions found their way into the diet of the ordinary Chinese and Cantonese restaurants became acknowledged as the masters of this speciality. In the UK, we have come to know these snacks as ‘dim sum’ which is the common Cantonese term for such snacks, meaning ’eating snacks for pleasure’ or ‘order what you fancy’,” Celebrity chef Ken Hom OBE added.

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