Yum Cha – almost as bad as eating a Big Mac

12 03 2010

It just so happens that I'm meeting my in-laws for a yum cha brunch today and for some insane reason (why do I torture myself?), I decided to Google for nutritional information on our beloved dumplings. It's pretty depressing when you look at the figures. Gee, a 20 minute work out only burns enough calories for one steamed cha siew pau! And get this, one 'wu kok' (deep friend taro dumpling pictured above) has the same amount of fat as a Big Mac! Of course, it's not all bad if you stick to the really simple steamed stuff like shrimp dumpling (har Gau) or congee. But I know what you're thinking, it's not just the simple steamed stuff I want to feast on.

Of course, you've got to live life and enjoy these lovely culinary delights once in a while. What can I say…knowledge is power.

Siu Mai (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: One piece; Calories: 58, Total Fat: 3.8g, Carbs: 2.8g, Protein: 3.5g

Bbq Pork Buns, Steamed (1 Bun) (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 1 Bun (56g bun, 9.42g pork); Calories: 150, Total Fat: 2.9g, Carbs: 26.7g, Protein: 4.3g

Shrimp Dumpling (har Gau) (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: One shrimp dumpling; Calories: 44, Total Fat: 1g, Carbs: 5.3g, Protein: 3g

Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 1 dumpling; Calories: 120, Total Fat: 7, Carbs: 13, Protein: 2

Chicken Feet (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 100 g; Calories: 215, Total Fat: 15g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 19g

Turnip Cake (pan-fried) (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 100g; Calories: 130, Total Fat: 5.7, Carbs: 16g, Protein: 3.2g

Steamed Barbecue Pork Bun (cha Siu Bao) (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 100g; Calories: 260, Total Fat: 7.3g, Carbs: 42g, Protein: 7.3g

Steamed Shrimp Dumpling (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 1 dumpling (25gm); Calories: 35, Total Fat: 2g, Carbs: 3g, Protein: 1.5g

Sticky Rice Wrapped In Lotus Leaf (lo Mai Kay) (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 100g; Calories: 210, Total Fat: 6.7g, Carbs: 30g, Protein: 7.6g

Steamed Shrimp Rice Roll (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: One plate; Calories: 75, Total Fat: 1.6g, Carbs: 12g, Protein: 2.9g

Chicken Bun Guy Bao (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 1 bun; Calories: 90, Total Fat: 1g, Carbs: 16g, Protein: 3gg

Deep Fried Taro Dumpling (wu Kok) (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 100 g; Calories: 360, Total Fat: 26g, Carbs: 26g, Protein: 6g

Steamed Rice Roll Filled With Beef (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: One plate; Calories: 83, Total Fat: 2.8g, Carbs: 12g, Protein:

Fried (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 1 piece; Calories: 100, Total Fat: 4g, Carbs: ?g, Protein:

Beef Tripe (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: one bowl; Calories: 348, Total Fat: 9.5g, Carbs: 12g, Protein: 0g

Fried Shrimp Ball (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 1 ball; Calories: 116, Total Fat: 1.8g, Carbs: 3g, Protein: 18.6g

Baked Bbq Pork Puff Pastry (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 100 g; Calories: 440, Total Fat: 31g, Carbs: 31g, Protein: 8.9g

Fried Onion Pancake (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 1 Pancake (92g); Calories: 232, Total Fat: 6.5g, Carbs: 37.5g, Protein: 5.1g

Steamed Pork Ribs With Black Bean Sauce (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 100g; Calories: 220, Total Fat: 15g, Carbs: 6.3g, Protein: 14g

Deep Fried Meat Dumpling (ham Sui Kok) (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 100 g; Calories: 330, Total Fat: 16g, Carbs: 42g, Protein: 4.9g

Steamed Egg Custard Bun/sweet Milky Bun (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 100g; Calories: 250, Total Fat: 6.4g, Carbs: 44g, Protein: 4.3g

Salted Meat Sticky Rice (ham Yuk Chung) (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 100 g; Calories: 180, Total Fat: 6.7g, Carbs: 25g, Protein: 5.7g

Pan Fried Beancurd Sheet Roll (fu Pi Kuen) (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 100 g; Calories: 310, Total Fat: 26g, Carbs: 4.1g, Protein: 14g

Pork And Peanut Dumpling (fun Kor) (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 1 dumpling; Calories: 41, Total Fat: 1.3g, Carbs: 4.5g, Protein: 2.5g

Pork Congee With Preserved Egg (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 1 Cup; Calories: 208, Total Fat: 10g, Carbs: 16g, Protein: 13.6g

Steamed Bean Curd (tofu) Sheet Roll W/ Pork And Veg (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 100g; Calories: 260, Total Fat: 22g, Carbs: 3g, Protein: 11g

Steamed Minced Beef Ball (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 100g; Calories: 180, Total Fat: 14g, Carbs: 6g, Protein: 8g

Peanut Butter Stuff (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 1/2 plate; Calories: 250, Total Fat: 5g, Carbs: 35g, Protein: 4g

Steamed Rice Roll W/ Pork (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 100g; Calories: 140, Total Fat: 6g, Carbs: 17g, Protein: 5g

Steamed Bbq Pork Buns (Dim Sum)
Serving Size: 1 bun; Calories: 150, Total Fat: 3g, Carbs: 27g, Protein:

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