Dim Sum Steamer Basket Used at Hollywood East Cafe

Object Details

4 11/16 × 3 in. (11.9 × 7.6 cm)
Body: 4 11/16 × 1 3/4 in. (11.9 × 4.5 cm)
Lid: 4 3/8 × 1 9/16 in. (11.1 × 3.9 cm)
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Gift of Janet Yu and Family
This stainless-steel steamer basket was used in the preparation and presentation of dim sum at Hollywood East Café, a popular Chinese restaurant that specializes in Cantonese and Hong Kong-style cuisine in Wheaton, MD. Dim sum originated in Southern China and refers to the style and practice of enjoying small dishes with tea in a leisurely meal from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. At Hollywood East Café, popular dishes for dim sum include: har gow (steamed shrimp dumplings), char siu bao (steamed roast pork buns), and sweet egg custard tarts. While these could be ordered from the menu, they were best enjoyed on weekends, when wait staff served diners tableside from steam-heated carts filled with steamer baskets of dumplings and other dishes. Dim sum at Hollywood East Café was often a communal event, where family members from multiple generations came to share a meal on Sunday or Saturday afternoon.
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steamer basket
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