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Delicate dumplings

The dimsum festival at Waterside Café, Taj Banjara, offers a taste of the delicacy


DIMSUM IS quintessentially Chinese, rather Cantonese, as it originated in Canton. A great hit in tea houses where they were served with the ubiquitous Chinese tea, dimsums are dumplings - steamed and fried, mostly savoury with a few sweet. In course of time, they travelled to other parts of the Orient and the world. Dimsums, meaning to touch your heart, are light on the stomach as well. Small, attractively shaped with a variety of fillings (veg and non-veg), these snacks or starters (if had before a meal) known as momos in North-Eastern India, can be devoured by the dozen. One does not have to travel to the North-East or the Orient to have them as Taj Banjara has laid out a spread of dimsums as part of the dinner buffet till March 7 at Waterside Café.

At the left end of the coffee shop is a large counter where the dimsums are placed. This is for visitors to have an idea of what is available. These are then steamed or fried and then served in traditional baskets. One can see the ingredients and make one's own dimsums too.

The fillings are varied and vary from day to day. Greens, vegetables, mushrooms, chicken, lamb, pork, fish and prawns are used in various ways with and without spices as fillings. The outer covering made of plain flour is fashioned into various shapes with the filling.

Some like the wantons and onion pancake and spring rolls are deep-fried. The spring rolls are cut and served. The natural colours of the vegetables are more or less intact even on steaming or frying.

The dimsums can be perked up (some may be bland in taste) with some yummy sauces and accompaniments churned out by Executive Chef Sanjay Vij like coriander-ginger, spring onion-ginger, kimchi (the famous Korean salad - crisp cabbage topped with sesame seeds) and cucumber.

After any number of helpings of dimsum, one can tackle the buffet too, which consists of Chinese, Indian and Continental. Or, one can also have the buffet while the dimsums are being readied. The buffet, along with the dimsums, is priced at Rs. 450.

So all ye health conscious and lovers of dimsums make a beeline quickly to Taj Banjara lest you miss them.

R.R.

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