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A Guide to the Chinese Answer to Brunch","imported":false,"mobile_title":"","name":"","article_type":"","content":"<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img alt=\"dim sum steamed dumplings yum cha 1 jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3rnDRqTRRjY4SeH4KjBuX8tTVeut/dim-sum-steamed-dumplings-yum-cha-1_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">If you&rsquo;re lucky enough to live in a city with its own Chinatown, or one that has a large number of </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/chinese-restaurants\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Chinese restaurants</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, you&rsquo;ve likely heard of dim sum, at least in passing. But just </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">what is dim sum</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> exactly?</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Check out our handy guide to this delicious weekend tradition.</span></p>\n<h2>What is Dim Sum?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">The </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">dim sum definition</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> is actually fairly simple: a dish of small dumplings served as a main course or snack. But while dumplings are a huge part of any dim sum meal, in practice the tradition actually incorporates many different types of small, sharable dishes. It&rsquo;s often compared to the Chinese version of Spanish tapas.</span></p>\n<h2>How Did the Tradition Start?</h2>\n<p><img alt=\"dim sum bamboo steamed dumplings bao with tea jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2yjxbqBZzzDcc6AoWzwkdtKe11Sd/dim-sum-bamboo-steamed-dumplings-bao-with-tea_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Dim sum&rsquo;s history</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> dates back to the ancient Chinese teahouse tradition, when travelers on the Silk Road would stop for tea and small snacks on their journey. The ritual grew over time, becoming more and more focused on food.</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">While you can occasionally find dim sum served during the week, it&rsquo;s more commonly considered a weekend meal. 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More specifically, they&rsquo;re pilsners&mdash;</span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/pilsners-breaking-down-the-worlds-most-popular-beer-style-fd\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">the world&rsquo;s most popular beer style</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. Other subcategories of lagers include bocks, dortmunders, and oktoberfests.</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Meanwhile, ales are generally produced by craft breweries. It&rsquo;s obvious many are ales based on their names alone&mdash;take Arcadia Ales&rsquo; </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/malt-is-the-star-of-loch-down-scotch-ale-fd\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Loch Down scotch ale</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> or </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chico-ca/sierra-nevada-brewing-co-1\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Sierra Nevada</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&rsquo;s </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/sierra-nevadas-pale-ale-pioneered-craft-beer-at-34-its-almost-old-enough-to-run-for-president-fd\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">flagship pale ale</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. Other varieties&rsquo; names, such as </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/manhattan-ks/tallgrass-brewing-co\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Tallgrass Brewing</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&rsquo;s </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/tallgrass-brewing-on-buffalo-sweat-and-staying-close-to-their-homebrewing-roots-fd\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Buffalo Sweat</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> and other </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/six-ways-to-drink-stout-fd\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">stouts</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, don&rsquo;t make the connection quite as evident. </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">For a rundown on the difference between lager and ale brewing methods, check out the chart below.</span></p>\n<table style=\"width: 600px;\" border=\"1\">\n<tbody>\n<tr>\n<th style=\"text-align: center; background-color: #2d2926;\" colspan=\"3\">\n<h2><strong><span style=\"color: #ffffff;\">Ale vs. Lager Brewing Processes</span></strong></h2>\n</th>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<td style=\"background-color: #cccccc;\">\n<h3><strong>Beer</strong></h3>\n</td>\n<td style=\"background-color: #cccccc;\">\n<h3><strong>Ale</strong></h3>\n</td>\n<td style=\"background-color: #cccccc;\">\n<h3><strong>Lager</strong></h3>\n</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<td style=\"background-color: #cccccc;\">\n<h3><strong>Yeast</strong></h3>\n</td>\n<td style=\"background-color: #cccccc;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Saccharomyces cervisiae</span></td>\n<td style=\"background-color: #cccccc;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Saccharomyces uvarum</span></td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<td style=\"background-color: #cccccc;\">\n<h3><strong>Fermenting process</strong></h3>\n</td>\n<td style=\"background-color: #cccccc;\">Warm, top fermentation, wherein the yeast rises to the top</td>\n<td style=\"background-color: #cccccc;\">Cold, bottom fermentation, wherein the yeast sinks to the bottom of the beer</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<td style=\"background-color: #cccccc;\">\n<h3><strong>Fermentation temperature</strong></h3>\n</td>\n<td style=\"background-color: #cccccc;\">\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">59&deg;F&ndash;77&deg;F</span></p>\n</td>\n<td style=\"background-color: #cccccc;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">40&deg;F&ndash;50&deg;F</span></td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<td style=\"background-color: #cccccc;\">\n<h3><strong>Brew cycle</strong></h3>\n</td>\n<td style=\"background-color: #cccccc;\">As little as one week</td>\n<td style=\"background-color: #cccccc;\">Up to several months</td>\n</tr>\n</tbody>\n</table>","created_on":"2016-09-27T21:51:29.956Z","last_modified_on":"11.10.2016","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Shannon Jewitt","author":{"author_bg_image":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/czc2vU1e3uNfXsaAok1KG6/author_page_default-2000x375.gif","author_image":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/ir7PXuKYjNCm9e53a8rXYc/shannon_jewitt_bio_100x100-100x100.jpeg","bio_info":"Resident Beer Stalker Shannon has an insatiable thirst for craft beer. 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Dishes in the northern region of </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Friuli-Venezia Giulia</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, for example, share many similarities with Hungarian and Croatian styles of cooking, while the southern region of Campania is famous for the pasta dishes that we find most often in the States.</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Read on to learn six </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Italian food facts</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> that might redefine how you think about Italian food:</span></span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Putting butter on bread isn&rsquo;t necessarily bad.</span></span></h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Many diners believe that if an Italian restaurant is truly authentic, it will only serve bread with <strong>olive oil</strong> for dipping. But if you find butter on the table, don&rsquo;t rush to any conclusions. While southern Italians favor olive oil, <strong>butter</strong> and <strong>lard</strong> are actually more common in Italy&rsquo;s northern regions, where French and Swiss culinary traditions have a large impact on the cuisine.</span></span></p>\n<h2>Apple strudel can be just as Italian as tiramisu.</h2>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Many of Italy&rsquo;s northern regions are also heavily influenced by their shared border with Austria. <strong>Sausages</strong>, <strong>sauerkraut</strong>, and <strong>spatzle</strong>, for example, are popular throughout various regions of the north, as is <strong>speck</strong> (a German ham). Even <strong>veal milanese</strong>&mdash;a famous Italian dish from the region of Lombardy&mdash;bears a striking resemblance to wiener schnitzel.</span></strong></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">According to </span><a href=\"http://www.academiabarilla.com/the-italian-food-academy/regional-italian-cuisine/default.aspx\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Academia Barilla</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, a respected cooking academy in Parma and one of the foremost authorities on regional Italian cuisine, <strong>apple strudel</strong> and other Austrian&ndash;inspired desserts are commonly eaten throughout the regions of </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Veneto.</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img alt=\"ItalianFood Northern jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/9hz7dC33SHWeyqQstKFzrk/ItalianFood_Northern_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Pasta isn&rsquo;t always king.</span></h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">True, you can more or less find pasta being eaten throughout the country, but it&rsquo;s most popular in central regions such as Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, and Campania. However, in the north, you may be more likely to find <strong>rice</strong> or <strong>polenta</strong> as the starch of choice. <strong>Couscous</strong>, meanwhile, is popular to the south, especially in Sicily, which was once under Arab rule.</span></p>\n<h2>Sicily is a melting pot for Mediterranean cuisines.</h2>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">The types of dishes popular on this island are especially unique thanks to its tumultuous history. Maria Monastero, the manager and executive chef at </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/monasteros-ristorante-banquets\"><strong>Monastero&rsquo;s Ristorante</strong></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, a famous Sicilian restaurant in Chicago, had this to say, &ldquo;</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Greek, Spanish, French, Arabic...Sicily&rsquo;s history is one of mass invasion by neighboring countries, therefore we are free to use a wide range of ingredients and styles of preparation. <strong>Apricots</strong>, <strong>saffron</strong>, <strong>raisins</strong>, <strong>nutmeg</strong>, <strong>clove</strong>, <strong>pine</strong> <strong>nuts</strong>, <strong>cinnamon</strong>, <strong>fava</strong> <strong>beans</strong>, <strong>couscous</strong>, and <strong>citrus</strong> are all flavors Sicilians use as a product of their historical invasions.&rdquo;</span></strong></p>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;<strong>Arancini</strong>, by far, is a classic Sicilian favorite,&rdquo; Maria says, referencing a dish of fried rice balls with Arabic origins. &ldquo;We slow cook arborio rice, mold it in our hands as a half circle, fill it with ground beef, peas, and parmigiana cheese, close the circle with more rice, cover it in breadcrumbs and deep-fry it. The flavor is amazing and makes for the perfect antipasti or lunch.&rdquo; </span></strong></p>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Other authentic Sicilian dishes at Monastero&rsquo;s feature such combinations as pasta paired with <strong>meat ragu</strong>, <strong>currants</strong>, and <strong>almonds</strong>.</span></strong></p>\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img alt=\"ItalianFood Southern jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/9HpjktzP94ViVbbnwRe5Tv/ItalianFood_Southern_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></span></strong></p>\n<h2>Want to eat like a real Italian? Try the fish.</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Outside of the occasional bowl of frutti di mare or plate of fried calamari, many Americans probably don&rsquo;t immediately think of fish when they think of Italian food. But a love of seafood may be the one thing all Italians have in common, which makes sense considering 15 of the country&rsquo;s 20 regions have some sort of coastline. </span><strong><br /></strong></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Tony Priolo, the chef at </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/piccolo-sogno-2\"><strong>Piccolo Sogno</strong></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, a Chicago restaurant specializing in regional Italian cuisine, singled out a dish he serves that epitomizes the style of cooking in Liguria, a tiny coastal region not far from the French border. </span></strong></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Sea-salt-crusted <strong>branzino</strong> that is wood-fired whole and deboned after it is cooked. We serve this with braised fennel and a blood orange and citrus caper reduction.&rdquo;</span></strong></span></p>\n<h2>Tomato sauce is a new(ish) trend.</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Tomatoes made their first appearance in Italy in the early 1600s, but it would be another few centuries before they were eaten with any sort of regularity. David Gentilcore, the author of the book <em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Pomodoro! A History of the Tomato in Italy</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> told the </span><a href=\"http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/08/15/red_menace/?page=1\"><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Boston Globe</span></em></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> that the first Italian tomato sauces likely didn&rsquo;t appear until the 1870s or 80s, and even then they were more popular with Italian-American immigrants than native Italians. </span></span></strong></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;Italian immigrants arriving in New York City or Boston were the first generation to eat these dishes as daily things. Making a rich meat sauce with maybe the addition of tomato paste, that Sunday gravy style, is something that happens only in the 20th century,&rdquo; he said.</span></span></strong></span></p>\n<p><img alt=\"ItalianFood Tuscan jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/6QjAyhHAoG4iFw9EDdRAAK/ItalianFood_Tuscan_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">The reason? For many years, people believed tomatoes were poisonous because they belonged to the nightshade family. That fear quickly dissipated, though, once demand for tomatoes outside Italy made it one of the country&rsquo;s largest exports. Today, <strong>san marzano tomatoes</strong> (grown in the Campania region) are widely regarded by chefs as some of the finest tomatoes in the world.</span>&nbsp;</p>\n<h2>Get the facts about your favorite foods with these other delicious reads:</h2>\n<h3><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/how-to-spot-authentic-thai-food\"><img alt=\"spotting authentic thai food jpeg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/7dx91VuM6QKh7Hb5jLJGZk/spotting-authentic-thai-food-600x390_jpeg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /><br /></a><a href=\"Spot Authentic Thai Food with a Thai-Food Expert&rsquo;s Telltale Signs\">Spot Authentic Thai Food with a Thai-Food Expert&rsquo;s Telltale Signs</a></h3>\n<h3><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/how-to-find-a-great-american-steakhouse\"><img alt=\"great american steakhouse jpeg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/eobjL8ZxATKjaJkHwpT4Lu/great-american-steakhouse-600x390_jpeg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /><br /></a><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/how-to-find-a-great-american-steakhouse\">Every Great American Steakhouse Follows These Four Rules</a></h3>","created_on":"2016-02-24T19:03:58.855Z","last_modified_on":"11.10.2016","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Shannon Grilli","author":{"author_bg_image":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/czc2vU1e3uNfXsaAok1KG6/author_page_default-2000x375.gif","author_image":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/uvDZ8BATBbin1GjztDpfR/Shannon-Grilli_jpg-300x292","bio_info":"","blog_name":"Guide Staff Writer","blog_url":"http://www.grouponguide.com","category":"","first_name":"Shannon","google_url":"","groupon_id":"","last_name":"Grilli","locale":"en_US","permalink":"shannon-grilli","real_name":"Shannon Grilli","secondary_categories":[],"username":"shannon @groupon.com","id":"6191c7ba-2a86-4dae-86c6-40a5eadf818c"},"seo_title":"Six Italian Food Facts That Go Beyond Pizza and Pasta","meta_description":"Think you know about Italian food? 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