Dim Sim | Melbourne Icon

Dim Sim | Melbourne Icon

The Dim Sim was developed in Melbourne by Chinese chef William Wing Young for his restaurant "Wing Lee" around 1945.

A dim sim is a Chinese-inspired meat dumpling-style snack that consists of pork or other meat, cabbage and flavourings, encased in a wrapper similar to a traditional dumpling.

Dim sims are deep-fried or steamed* and differ from typical Chinese dumplings in that they are much larger and have a thicker skin. It should not be confused with the authentic dim sum, although the Australian version's name, ingredients and portions were undoubtedly inspired by its Oriental heritage.

Famous South Melbourne Market Dim Sims


Everyone remembers the best dim sims were made and sold by Ken (Kuen) Cheng at the South Melbourne Market. Since his death in 2006, the dim sims have not tasted as good while another shop maintains they are selling authentic South Melbourne dimmies, which is a stretch seeing Ken had a secret recipe.

They are now cashing in on the famous reputation by calling them Cheng family’s crispy dim sims sold in brown paper bags (no less).

* Poor ol' Ken would be turning in his grave... his dim sims were never (ever) fried and they tasted amazing, well, you'd only know if you had the password.

Australian's refer to a dim sim as a "dimmy" (or dimmies = plural).

Re Picture at top: We searched everywhere for a photo of an authentic Ken dim sim to no avail. Seems odd really seeing we bought hundreds from Ken (yes, we knew the password). There were plenty of fried dim sims, the odd thick skinned dim sim found in many fish & chip shops, but not the large roundish dim sims that Ken made. The photo shown is Ken Cheng and a dim sim as close as we could find..

The Dim Sim Salute


Ask not what your dim sim can do for you, but what you can do for your dim sim.

We need your help to build a monument to the dim sim, a piping hot beacon to our all-inclusive culture.

Sign the petition at goo.gl/exYvyf



Where to get Dim Sims


We could have had a long list of eateries but in reality, very few make their own, and none would be the original as its recipe* is a secret. We've seen many lists of 'so-call' best and original dims sims but we've yet to find anything remotely close to the famous South Melbourne Market Dim Sims made by Keun.,

South Melbourne Market Dim Sims


In the source links below is a link to: South Melbourne business aims to honour its founder. It reports that Ken's sons plan to open a new shop in the CBD.

The new shop will duplicate the original one in the new location, with its products using the same secret recipe introduced by Ken, and now guarded by his son, Edward. Edward and his brother, Phillip, took over the business in the 1980s.



❊ Web Links ❊


Dim Sim | Melbourne Icon 

Dim sim - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Aussie Dim Sim

Chicken dim sims recipe

Melbourne Chinese Restaurants

South Melbourne market

Elizabeth Chong - Author and teacher

Market loses its dim sim master | TheAge

South Melbourne business aims to honour its founder


The Dim Sim Chronicles




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