Yum cha, or dim sum brunch is by far the most well-known Cantonese culinary tradition.
It is a merry and loud occasion where family and friends gather to drink tea and eat dim sum. Dim sum are bite-sized snacks served in bamboo containers.
In Hong Kong, and in most cities and towns in Guangdong province, many restaurants start serving dim sum as early as five in the morning.
It is a tradition for the elderly to gather to eat dim sum after morning exercises. For many in southern China, yum cha is treated as a weekend family day.
More traditional dim sum restaurants typically serve dim sum until mid-afternoon. However, in modern society it has become common place for restaurants to serve dim sum at dinner time, various dim sum items are even sold as take-out for students and office workers on the go.
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