In June of 2012, the Chinese-themed restaurant franchise known as Dimsum Break opened its twelfth branch at the ground floor of One Pavilion Mall on R. Duterte Street in Banawa, Cebu City. Dimsum Break, which calls itself the dynamic dim-sum experience, went beyond the boundaries of traditional Chinese-themed restaurants by offering its modern take on the classic teahouse.
Dim sum is a name for traditional Chinese food consisting of a variety of items like steamed or fried dumplings or pieces of cooked chicken that are served in small portions. The first known use of the term dim sum was around 1948, and it comes from two Guangdong Chinese terms: dím (dot or speck) and sām (heart).
Steamed dim sum choices at this local restaurant chain include empress rolls, mondongo (which is in fact Spanish for tripe), pai kuat (pork ribs), chicken feet, steamed chicken, shaomai (another way to spell the more familiar siomai), bacon shaomai, mushroom shaomai, quail’s egg shaomai, shark’s fin shaomai, steamed hakao (shrimp dumplings), steamed fish fillet, and steamed shrimp balls. For fried dim sum, you could have fried shrimp balls, fried wonton (filled pockets of noodle dough), crab pincers, garlic pork spareribs, garlic vegetables, spring rolls (thin dough casing filled with minced vegetables or meat), shrimp toast, stuffed shrimp, stuffed taro, or sweet & sour pork. On September 6, 2012, Dimsum Break announced through its Twitter account that it had put garlic chicken wings on its menu.
Dimsum Break is quite proud of its original steamed fried rice, which it considers one of the heartwarming all-time favorites from its menu. Its other rice pots are spicy steamed fried rice, beef balls rice, beefsteak rice, stewed pork rice, and Yang-chow fried rice.
Another popular steamed food item from Dimsum Break is shaopao, or siopao, as it’s more commonly referred to here in the Philippines. You may choose from bola-bola (meatball) filling or pork asado filling. Dimsum Break also has mini pao, with the aforementioned fillings.
To keep in tune with today’s urbanized and fast-paced lifestyles, Dimsum Break restaurants feature a self-service yet interactive setup in which customers can simply line up and personally reach for their food choices from the counter. Consistent with serving lifestyles that are on the go, Dimsum Break expanded into motorcycle delivery and drive-through services in many of its branches. For customer convenience, Dimsum Break also started accepting major credit cards.
You may visit any of the Dimsum Break branches in Metro Cebu at the following locations: (1) Ayala Center Cebu Food Choices, (2) Avila Building (JESA ITC) along Gen. Maxilom Avenue, (3) Banilad Town Centre, (4) Colon Street, (5) Elizabeth Mall, (6) Gaisano Grand Fiesta Mall in Talisay, (7) GMC Arcade in Lapu-lapu City, (8) Mango Square Mall, (9) Pacific Mall, (10) Parkmall, (11) SM City Cebu, and (12) One Pavilion Mall. You may call 2DIMSUM or 234-6786 so you can connect to all delivery branches for Dimsum Break. Below is a list of the specific branch hotlines for Dimsum Break:
Avila Building – (032)266-8111
Banilad Town Centre – (032)345-0111
Colon Street – (032)255-0333
Gaisano Grand Fiesta Mall – (032)491-7979
GMC Arcade – (032)341-3388
Pacific Mall – (032)239-7771
One Pavilion Mall – (032)255-0222
Dimsum Break is actually a part of three brands tied together by one name. The other two brands that go hand in hand with it are Ding Qua Qua Dimsum House and Harbour City Dimsum House Co. Inc., which is the main company. Ding Qua Qua is located in JY Square Mall, Lahug, while Harbour City is in Ayala Center Cebu, in SM City Cebu and in Marina Mall Mactan (near the airport). Among these three brands, Dimsum Break is positioned as the one with more mass appeal.
From July 27 to July 29, 2012, Dimsum Break had a booth at the 2012 Franchise Asia Expo at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, in Manila. On their last day at the expo, they gave out free samples of their original steamed fried rice as well as their shaomai and dumplings then posted a Twitter picture of the line that formed for their food. The next month, Dimsum Break made the announcement that they were soon opening a new branch that would not be in Cebu. This branch was said to be on the third floor of SM North EDSA Annex and was to be opened on October 1, 2012.
If you happen to be interested in having your own Dimsum Break franchise, then you may go to www.dimsumbreak.com where you’ll find its franchise inquiry form. You can also follow this local business on Twitter at twitter.com/DimsumBreak or connect with it through online social networking at facebook.com/DimsumBreak