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Aug 14, 2006 09:57 PM

Anyone know the nutritional value of dim sum items?

Had a nice (and chea!p) dim sum lunch today. Ate 1 1/2 bbq pork buns (baked), 2 pork dumplings, 2 shrimp dumplings (har gao), and 2 shrimp/crab/pork dumplings (might have been lightly fried -- not sure, it had a yellowish 'tint' to it). In any case, a couple hours later, I'm still stuffed.

So, now I'm wondering -- how many calories do you think I consumed? Dumplings are little, but I'm sure they pack a punch.

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  1. Live in ignorance my friend.

    Knowing the full details of the sodium, fat, cholesterol, calorie content of shu-mai or fried dumplings might very well ruin your enjoyment of dim sum, forever.

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    1. Oh, Asian food served to Americans is horrible for this because the variables are so vast it's usually not worth the trouble to try to estimate it because it's very likely a lot more than you think unless you are limiting yourself to purely steamed, low-fat items, which is sorta cruel. My basic rule of thumb is that if something is very yummy, it probably has more fat than meets the eye. Asian buffets are notorious oilfests, as oil is often used to keep the food glistening under heat lamps....

      For data for the sake of something, you can try Dottie's Weight Loss Zone as a last resort....

      You can tool around the site for other information; it's sorta all over the place.

      1. Yup. Even Asian baked goods, which often seem lighter and fluffier than American counterparts, are often less healthy because they actually require more eggs and butter to achieve fluffiness.

        And yes, you're stuffed because of all the oil used to make dim sum. I often notice that between a cheap dim sum place and an expensive one, I'm almost always to eat more at the expensive place because the techinque of the cooks is better and the dishes end up having less oil in them. Sometimes, the food doesn't even taste all that different, but how I feel afterwards sure does.

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        1. re: Pei

          like at an all you can eat buffet, the food is super greasy so that you eat less.

        2. Don't listen to all these people. Dim sum is very valuable nutritionally! ;~)

          1. Once you've tried them, it's not difficult to tell which items are more protein, more starch, or more oil. If you balance the three, and perhaps add a plate of vegetables (Chinese broccoli comes to mind) then you've taken care of the nutrition and only have to work about whether it tastes good. :-)

            (As for the number of calories, that's difficult to say. Most dim sum are nutrient dense foods, comparable to meatballs, pasta and breads.)