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Campaigners crave bronze statue to honour Melbourne icon: the dim sim

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Photo: Cathy Wilcox

They have been steamed, fried and kept warm in bain-maries for nearly 70 years.

And now a Melbourne culinary icon could be cooked up in bronze, if a campaign to build a lasting tribute to the dim sim succeeds.

A group of RMIT students have launched a petition calling for Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle to build a statue to "honour this piping hot beacon of our all-inclusive culture".

"In Melbourne we're quite quick to name streets after famous people and build monuments to footballers and I think we've forgotten our cultural heritage," Dim Sim Salute co-founder Dan Lewry told Fairfax Media.

"We are the food and cultural capital of Australia so we need to honour something that introduced Australia to Chinese food, and that's the dim sim."

William Wing Young is believed to have first concocted the modern dim sim at his restaurant in Melbourne's Chinatown in 1945.

His creation - a larger and thicker-skinned version of a Chinese dumpling - has since become a staple in fast-food stores across the country.

While inspired by the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour and Woombye's Big Pineapple, the Dim Sim Salute has proposed something more subtle.

"We'd preferably like to see a bronze statute, none of these huge fiberglass things, just something small and humble," he said.

The mayor minced the idea on Wednesday however, telling radio station 3AW he had to stick with tradition.

"I don't think that there's any doubt that there's a replacement for the meat pie and we already have the most magnificent memorial to that standing right in the middle of the showgrounds [the 'Pie in the Sky' at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds]," he said.

"I respect the passion of these people but I really can't see this one going anywhere."

Mr Lewry said they would consider negotiating with other councils if they could not convince the City of Melbourne to support the idea.

He said it had not yet been decided which version of the dim sim the proposed statute should honour: fried or steamed.

8 comments

  • Uggh.

    If RMIT students really want a bronze dim sim sculpture, lobby their fellow students for the funds and build it firmly inside RMIT uni grounds where no one else can see the monstrosity.

    Hope none of these RMIT students are studying architecture or design.

    Commenter
    Tristan
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    September 03, 2014, 5:06PM
    • Agreed. Maybe they can spend some of their compulsory union fees on it too.

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      Kit Walker
      Location
      St Kilda
      Date and time
      September 03, 2014, 7:02PM
  • A bronze dim sim sculpture would resemble a giant turd.

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    Jeff
    Location
    Chadstone
    Date and time
    September 03, 2014, 5:32PM
    • If anyone wants to get a statue in the shape of a dim sum, oops that was very snobbish of me, I meant to say dim sim, then first they must get in contact with the most venerable, and most discerning mystery bag consumer, RRR presenter Big Stew Farrell!! on side. He will get this statue made(I think it should be life size not enormous and made of gold, with bedazzler jewels.... sorry I regress) with the help of his former avuncular side kick leaping Larry L...it will happen and it will be revered!! Sorry this post is all over the shop.
      P.S. to the powers that be at Triple RRR, breakfast should be Stew Farrell, Leaping Larry L and Elizabeth Mc Carth, ratings gold!!!

      Commenter
      spokendan
      Location
      caulfield south
      Date and time
      September 03, 2014, 5:57PM
      • The good thing about petitions is they rarely achieve their ambition. May this trend continue.

        Commenter
        Greg
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        September 03, 2014, 5:57PM
        • A kitch and cute little idea... but please don't.

          Commenter
          Marko
          Location
          Melbourne
          Date and time
          September 03, 2014, 6:06PM
          • They have a monument to pagan gods in Malvern, and a bronzed Dougie Hawkins in Braybrook. Time for a real champion to be honored.

            Commenter
            Alfiemacq
            Date and time
            September 03, 2014, 6:41PM
            • While they're at it, lets have a giant goon bag! Preferably a group of them hanging from a Hills Hoist in the traditional goon-bag roulette. I'm sure Renmark SA would be proud of their history here! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box_wine

              Commenter
              peterh_oz
              Date and time
              September 03, 2014, 11:23PM
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