Just because these scrumptious small dishes are steamed doesn’t mean that they are healthy!
Sorry to be dashing your hopes, but here’s the sad truth: steamed dim sum isn’t as healthy as you think it is. Although these steamed dishes like har gow, siew mai and crystal buns might contain less oil than their deep-fried counterparts, they are only marginally healthier.
The foodie in your head might be screaming foul. How could that be? They’re… steamed!
Well, there’s proof in numbers from the Health Promotion Board of Singapore. If you eat just one piece – not one basketful – of each of the following steamed dim sum, you’d have consumed more fat, sodium and cholesterol than if you scarfed three fried roti pratas.
What about other nutrients? The dim sum below offers only slightly more – by that we mean a couple of grams – protein and fibre than prata. Disappointing. One of the reasons for this is the quality of meat used – fatty cuts make the dim sum more savoury and succulent.
Scroll through the gallery for a look at the more detailed data concerning each dish. Our advice: Go for the best to make it worth your while. Or as local food blogger, Dr Leslie Tay, would say: Never waste calories on yucky food. True that.
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This article was first published on SHAPE, March 2015.
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