Everything You’ve Wanted (and Need) to Know about Dim Sum . . . and Then Some

Although the literal translation of Dim Sum is “the point of the heart,” we know it as a large selection of appetizers such as dumplings, buns, rolls, meats and other side dishes. Traditional small dishes, tea and personal connections are the heart of Dim Sum and Bo Lings has offered this unique Cantonese tradition of gathering with friends and family since 1987. In fact, Richard and Theresa were the first to bring this dining style to the Midwest.

Dim Sum is usually a brunch or lunch meal, and you have many choices from the rolling carts. Our homemade dumplings with a variety of fillings and our pork buns (either steamed or baked) are always especially popular.

The Dim Sum carts focus on nine essential categories: Funn rolls, noodles, cold appetizers, chef vegetable plates, porridge and soft tofu, roasted duck or pork and sticky rice, deep or pan fried items, dessert and steamed items. The chef’s special plates are brought around on hand held trays including items like gai lan (Chinese broccoli), crispy shrimp, and honey BBQ ribs. There is also a table set up in the dining room featuring Sichuan wontons and pan-fried funn rolls, as well as soy milk. There are bubble teas available in both the creamy and Golden tea based styles. You simply select the items you like!

First time? Here is how Dim Sum works: A server first takes your drink order and you will see pushcarts full of steamer racks piled with assorted plates move through the dining room, constantly replenished with fresh dishes. Regular and traditional Bo Ling’s menu items are always available upon request as well.

Beginners at Dim Sum selections should be sure to enjoy the following:

  • Siu mai (shrimp and pork dumpling)
  • Ha gau (shrimp dumpling)
  • Steamed or baked roast pork buns
  • Chicken spring roll
  • Shrimp toast
  • Roast duck
  • BBQ roast pork
  • Chef’s mixed vegetables
  • Garlic cucumbers
  • Shan shui gau (shrimp and meat filled pie)
  • Stuffed bell peppers with shrimp
  • Rice noodles or yellow noodles

Dim Sum is available at two of our restaurants:
Pushcart Dim Sum occurs every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at both our Plaza location, on 47th & Jefferson and at the Overland Park North location, 89th & Metcalf.

Our Plaza location offers a daily Dim Sum menu, featuring a limited but popular selection of offerings that are available all the time.

Dim Sum is a great way to sample many traditional Cantonese items in smaller portions. We hope to see you soon!

Our Dim Sum menu is available for download here.

Here’s what some of our customers are saying about Dim Sum:

“Fantastic dim sum, beautiful surroundings, meticulous service!” Mary Ann R.

“Best in KC! We don’t get to eat dim sum very often, but when we do we always go to the Bo Lings on the Plaza. Seating was quick and Daniel our main server was fantastic. Never had to ask for anything, he was just always there when we needed.” Hannah K.,  Springfield, MO

“Enjoyed the Dim Sum on Saturday. This is the best way to eat Chinese food.”  Chrissy H.