Disney Dim Sum Is Adorable And We Need Some

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By Cooking Panda

If you are not already a fan of Dim Sum, prepare to become one.

Shanghai’s Disney Resort is now selling movie-themed Dim Sum, and the world will never be the same again.

According to Hello Giggles, all of your favorite Dim Sum dishes, from dumplings to Baozi are now available in the shape of your most beloved Disney characters. Photos from the Resort are as adorable as you might imagine, and include favorites such as Chicken Little and Frozen’s Olaf the Snowman.

That’s right—you can now get Frozen-themed Dim Sum.

If you’re curious as to how the resort is able to craft such beautiful creations out of edible items, the clue might lie in the nature of Dim Sum itself. The Cantonese cuisine is famous for its gorgeous arrays of intricately crafted bite-sized dishes, all meticulously arranged in steamer baskets.

As you can tell from the photos, some aspects of traditional Dim Sum have been preserved in the Disney Resort’s unique take on the cuisine. Not only are the characters arranged in steamer baskets, but Olaf’s head is also apparently crafted out of a white steamed red bean bun—a standard flavor combination in Dim Sum restaurants.

While booking a trip to Shanghai to sample the Dim Sum for yourself might be out of the question, we suggest that you gaze at the gorgeous photos before heading to a local restaurant in order to sample some more average-looking Dim Sum. We promise that the food is utterly delicious, and the experience will be one to remember!

If you do go, expect an array of individual-sized dishes (like Chinese tapas) presented on an ever-changing array of carts and trays. In China, Dim Sum is traditionally served in the morning, but U.S. restaurants typically serve the cuisine around brunch time. We can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the long weekend in style!

Sources: Hello Giggles, Epicurious / Photo credit: Nerdy Asians/Twitter

Tags: Dim Sum, Disney, frozen, Shanghai
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Robots Are In Charge Of This Shanghai KFC (Photos)

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By Cooking Panda

The future is here! In Shanghai, China, a KFC restaurant is completely staffed by robots. 

This innovative establishment is located at Shanghai’s National Exhibition and Convention Center.

Isn’t that cute? And it looks so content with itself. All in a hard day’s work.

Called “Original+” to refer to the Original Recipe chicken combined with “innovative technologies,” this store features an artificial intelligence system called “Dumi.”

Using voice recognition, the robots are able to attend to customers throughout the restaurant. According to The Nan Fang, this system is “learning” from its interactions with customers in order to handle customers making substitutions or changing their minds when they order.

Technological advances are present throughout the restaurant. In addition to the personalized attention given by the robots, customers can also pay for their food using mobile payment services like Alipay, Tenpay, and Baidu Wallet. A wireless charging station, which also functions as a music streaming station, is also available for patrons.

The robots can’t understand English or Shanghainese, the local dialect, and struggle to distinguish between particular dialects and accents. Maybe Suri could help Dumi with that linguistic kink. Or perhaps Rosie the Robot from The Jetsons could lend a hand.

Dumi is the result of 10 years of research and development by Baidu, and will reportedly appear in other real-world environments. Will more restaurants welcome the technology? Or maybe somewhere like the DMV or post office? Only time will tell.

Source: The Nan Fang / Photo credits: Q Daily, My Fancy Life

Tags: artificial intelligence, Dumi, KFC, robots, Shanghai
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