There's another thread going on about people's favorite dim sum dishes.
Lots of good suggestions, many of which are the tried and true classical dim sum offerings like sui mai, har gow, char siu bao, etc.
But if you've ever had dim sum in more progressive, avant garde places that are menu-driven, you'll often find offerings that aren't so typical, such as pumpkin-taro fritters, pork belly in various forms, goose liver dumplings, pig liver cakes, etc.
So, I ask, is it still dim sum for you if there are none of the traditional offerings? But instead you are plated with a variety of small plate (tapas-style) Chinese food that bears no relationship to the "typical" dim sum dishes?
Or, is it only dim sum to you if you are offered the traditional dim sum items (with perhaps others being offered as well)?
In other words, what if instead of getting, say, 3 or 4 shu mai per order, you got a whole plateful of them (like 10) per order. Same for har gow, etc. .... Would that still be dim sum for you?