Love dim sum, but don’t know what to order or how to order? Bring this app, find what you like, and tap the speaker icon to hear the dish pronounced in Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin) using iOS text-to-speech.
Users can save and view favorite dishes (tap on the heart button)
and practice saying the Chinese names using iOS speech recognition!
If you don’t hear the Chinese speech:
1) check the mute switch on your iPhone and make sure it isn’t on.
2) sometimes a device will have trouble accessing the text-to-speech voice (it’s the Hong Kong Chinese voice used for Accessibility in Settings), so try turning your device off and on.
The app supports landscape orientation on iPads, but to see full dish descriptions you have to rotate to portrait mode.
The speech plays back at slow speed to help you learn. Double-tap the speech button to play at normal speed.
You can adjust the default playback speed in Settings. A shortcut to the app’s Settings is available in the Technicat menu at top left.
Settings is also where you can switch the default language between Cantonese, Mandarin with traditional characters, and Mandarin with simplified characters (Cantonese is the default). You can tap on the C/M/S icon on a dish page to toggle among them without changing the default.
Over two hundred dishes are listed (dim sum and related food, such as can be found in Cantonese restaurants and Hong Kong bakeries), and you can filter the listing by selecting from categories (tags) in the top right menu.
You can also search for dishes on the Search screen (it matches the search text against the English dish names and tags describing the dishs.
and the individual dish pages have a tags (#) menu that directs you to related dishes.
Dish pages also have links to more information and recipes on various web sites, including China Sichuan Food, Dim Sum Central, Dim Sum Guide, Dimsumptuous, Panda Cheffy, Unfamiliar China, Wikipedia, The Woks of Life….
Double-tap on the images in the dish pages to see where that photo was taken.
A growing list of dim sum restaurants, over three hundred so far (some that I’ve personally visited and others recommended by users) in the United States and Canada is provided, along with web sites, Yelp links, and regional maps. If you live in an area not covered or know of a restaurant I missed, just let me know and I’ll add it!
Related Cantonese vocabulary and links to dim sum and Cantonese resources also listed.
Stay tuned as we’ll be adding more dishes in updates. Missing your favorite dish or want to recommend a restaurant or have other comments/suggestions/corrections? Feedback options are listed on the menu when you tap the Technicat icon at top left.
Talk Dim Sum is developed with
- Dim sum icon from Stock Image Folio on Iconfinder.
- Technicat logo by Dakota Snow.
- Photos from many dim sum excursions (also on Pinterest) and a few public domain ones from Wikipedia.
- The Swift programming language and the following open source packages via Cocoapods: ChatViewController, ChineseColor, JDStatusBarNotification, Kingfisher, Mute, MVSpeechSynthesizer, ObjectMapper, SnapKit, SQLite.swift, SwiftyBeaver, SwiftyJSON, SwiftyStoreKit, SwiftyUserDefaults.