Dimsum, bite-size portions of food served in bamboo steamer baskets or on small plates, paired with tea. For many, it’s just as much about the ritual as it is about eating delicious steamed dumplings, radish cakes, rice noodles, spare ribs, and more. At bigger establishments, the food is wheeled past your table on a small cart. Pick what you want, and the server will stamp a card on your table, which you bring up to the register at the end to pay. At other places, you order from a waitress like in a standard restaurant. Generally, Chinese consider dim sum breakfast or brunch, but there do exist a few establishments in Chinatown that sell it later in the day to accommodate visitors. **Notes on tea etiquette -- you may bring your own tea leaves for the wait staff to steep in a teapot for your party. When your teapot is empty, just invert the lid or balance the lid on the teapot's handle, a server will replenish hot water