Growing up in Singapore, dim sum brunch was a HUGE deal. It was the height of luxury to have a meal between breakfast and lunch, and often it meant a good catch-up gossip session for relatives and a cheeky eavesdropping for us, the kids. How else were we supposed to know what scandals were going on within the extended family?
The thing is though, you cannot have too much dim sum, because it’s generally high in fat, salt and MSG. Dim Sum & Co are bringing the traditional yumcha session into homes with their no MSG, low fat ready made dim sums. These are Australian owned and made, using fresh Australian ingredients. Dim Sum & Co provided their chicken & water chestnut siu mei (siew mai), steamed BBQ pork buns and their pork and Asian greens dumplings to try out.
I’m a sucker for dumplings and make my own when I have the time (yes, even the skins). I was surprised the Dim Sum & Co’s dumpling skins were not more delicate, but it meant there was little chance of them splitting open while being boiled. Their pork and Asian greens filling were firm and plump!
The chicken & water chestnut siu mei’s skin is a dull pale cream colour that just about matches the filling, but it tells me that Dim Sum & Co’s product hasn’t got the food colouring characteristic of the bright radioactive yellow skins normally found in other commercially available siu meis. Eat them quick after steaming though, as the skins dry out quickly.
Turns out our favourite out of the trio were the steamed BBQ pork buns. They are a little smaller than other available brands, but you get 8 bite sized pieces in a bag. Reheating them is easy – rip open the bag, lay them on a plate and nuke them for 2-3 minutes. No water or clingwrap needed.
Funnily enough the packaging used across the Dim Sum & Co’s range is not consistent. All three products can be steamed/microwaved, but only the siu mai comes with a microwaveable steamer box, while the dumplings and the baos come in a bag. I found the siu mai packaging most annoying, even though it’s meant to add convenience by doubling as a steamer – it required opening the box, peeling back the plastic (the bits left behind melted in my microwave), removing the plastic cup, adding water into the container before wrapping it in clingwrap (not provided) to zap in the microwave. Personally I’d just cook these bad boys in a regular steamer with the rest of Dim Sum & Co‘s product range.
Priced between $7 and $10, these are quite affordable for the next nibble party (or midnight snack). Dim Sum & Co are stocked nationally in Thomas Dux Grocers, David Jones Food Halls, selected gourmet butchers and delis, fine food stores and www.dimsumandco.com.au
Disclaimer: I was supplied Dim Sum and Co’s products for review. My opinions, as always are honest and my own.