Dim sum steamers are steam cooking equipment designed for cooking specialty menus like rice rolls, dumplings, or dim sums. Dim sum is a Chinese-style dumpling steamed in small portions in dim sum bamboo steamers or other dim sum baskets, and recipes include rice, seafood, meat, vegetables, and more. The popularity of dumplings, especially as brunch menus, encouraged cooking equipment manufacturers to develop commercial dim sum steamer models.
Dim sum steamers feature a water pan in the base. Electric or gas burners heat the pan and provide the steam to heat the cooking surface. The cooking area is composed of holes that can accommodate bamboo steamers or other steamer baskets of different sizes. The number of steamer holes gives you the maximum number of dumplings you can steam at once. For example, Jade JCS-39 Dim Sum Steamer has 16 steamer holes of 6 inches in diameter. That means you can place 16 dim sum baskets and steam a different dumpling in each.
The innovative design of these commercial steamers lets operators serve different dim sums at once with minimum water and energy use. You can choose an electric dim sum steamer or a gas model. Both fuel types work efficiently, but connecting to a propane tank makes gas units quite handy when catering an outdoor brunch.