China is such an enormous country that, over the years, Dim Sum of various kinds developed in different regions. From the north came hearty and flavorful buns. The south came up with more delicate Dim Sum, covering a big range of flavors.
"Dim Sum" was first used as a verb, meaning to snack in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.). During the Sung Period (960-1279 A.D.), it became the noun which is still used today. However, in those days, the snacking was done in mid- or late afternoon.
There are over 50 descriptions in the book 'Have Some Dim Sum'. along with recipes for 20 different types of Dim Sum.
I hope this piques your interest to explore the fascinating range of dumplings, rolls and crescents. To order the book "Have Some Dim sum" click here