Talk Dim Sum

Talk Dim Sum
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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.

I made this app after visiting Hong Kong and trying to crash course learn Cantonese in the food courts. The early focus was dim sum but it's since expanded to more Hong Kong, Cantonese, and Chinese food and included more features (some user-requested) such as Mandarin pronunciations and maps of restaurants.

Pro 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.

Tapping the speaker icon plays back the Chinese pronunciation at half speed to help you learn. Tap the microphone icon to bring up more options, including adjusting the playback speed, switching between Cantonese and Mandarin, and practicing speaking.

You can adjust the default playback speed in Settings, from the 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.

The app supports landscape orientation on iPads, but to see full dish descriptions you have to rotate to portrait mode.

Over two hundred dishes are listed (the focus is dim sum and Hong Kong/Cantonese cuisine, but there's some other Chinese and even a bit of Chinese-American food).

You can also search for dishes on the Search screen, 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....

A growing list of dim sum restaurants is provided (currently US, Canada, Mexico, UK, and Hong Kong), along with regional maps and links to web sites and reviews. 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 for more dishes in updates. Missing your favorite dish or want to recommend a restaurant or have other comments/suggetions/corrections? Please drop a review or send feedback using one of the links in the top left Technicat menu.

Talk Dim Sum is developed with:

The dim sum icon from Stock Image Folio on

The technicat logo designed by Dakota Snow.

Photos from many dim sum excursions.

The Swift programming language and the following open source packages: Cocoapods, CleanyModal, Kingfisher, NotificationBannerSwift, ObjectMapper, QGrid, SnapKit, SQLite.swift, SwiftUIPager, SwiftyBeaver, SwiftyJSON, SwiftyStoreKit, SwiftyUserDefaults.

What's New in Version 3.63

Completed conversion of the entire user interface to SwiftUI
Added seafood to the categories screen
Save to favorites is a pro feature again (was accidentally free for a while)
Tapping on restaurants more reliably brings up the menu of links
Added more restaurants in Malaysia


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