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 dishes, tea and personal connections are the heart of dim sum and Bo Ling’s has offered this unique Cantonese tradition of gathering with friends and family since 1987.

Dim sum is usually a brunch or lunch meal, and you have many choices from the rolling carts and our regular menu as well. Our home made 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 the steam cart. 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 won tons 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 push carts full of steamer racks covered 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 might enjoy the following:

  • Siu mai (shrimp and pork dumpling)
  • Ha gau (shrimp dumpling)
  • Steamed or baked roast pork nuns
  • 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:
Push cart dim sum occurs every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 3:00pm at both our Plaza location, on 47th & Jefferson and at the Overland Park North location, 91st & 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.