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If you wish to fill those cravings for good dim sum without sacrificing the strict diet rules you imposed upon yourself, then you might be happy to know that you can actually get the best of both worlds.

There are many ways for you to still enjoy your tasty and filling dim sum without having to worry about your health.

However, it is also important to remember that it is all in the choices your make.

Dim sum, which also means “touch of the heart”, is one of those food options that is enjoyed by the people in Hong Kong for breakfast and lunch. However, this collection of dishes which are either steamed, fried, or baked have been delighting the taste buds of a lot of people around the world. But one more reason for you to love this dish is how a lot of the food options are not only delicious, but also healthy to eat. You should, however, learn to make smart choices.

How do you make healthy dim sum options?

It is true that steamed dim sum dishes are far more popular than the fried ones. And it is also for good reason because steamed food options are also healthier. Some people expressed in forums that western influence on dim sum is what made it less healthy because the traditional Chinese way of cooking is already altered one way or another.

According to a study, there are various nutrients that can be found in Chinese dim sum . There are some that are low in important nutrients such as calcium and dietary fiber, but for health fiends, there are other options that can give you that! For example, Soybean curd, boiled Chinese flowering cabbages, and sesame dessert or sweet soup all contain excellent doses of calcium.

If you want to load up on your dietary fiber content, you can go for dim sum dishes such as bean curd, sweet soup, and boiled flowering cabbage. Other items that are also big on dietary fibers include taro cake, pan-fried vegetables, meat bun, and steamed meat balls. However, you should also watch out for the saturated fat content.

For diet conscious, we recommended that they select dim sum dishes sensibly, ordering more steamed buns, for example, and fewer pan-fried and deep-fried items.

What should you be careful of when choosing dim sum?

There are people on forums, social media, and online review sites who also claim that dim sum can be bad for your health. They pointed out the reason that a lot of the food options contain high saturated fats and sodium.

The good thing about dim sum is you actually get to try out different dishes in small portions. And if you stick to that, then all is well. But if you love your dim sum so much that you need to have it everyday, it is also important that you learn how to choose the right items.


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Dim Sum Healthy Options Guide

According to a study conducted by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of Hong Kong, it is important that you choose Chinese dim sum that is low in fat and rich in complex carbohydrates. Examples include steamed rice roll, steamed bun, and other staple foods.

Weight loss experts even advise that when eating buns you can slice these hefty and loaded buns into four and share it around the table to lessen the portions.

This, after all, is one of the basics in dim sum etiquette.

  1. Dim Sum Singapore - Health GuideIt is also important to consume about half a plate of the boiled vegetable for each person to get the dietary fiber you need. It is most preferable to do this without the sauce, as this adds more salt and calories.
  2. To lessen the grease found in some dim sum dishes, some people dab it in tissues to soak up the grease. Some even dip their dim sum in hot water to remove some of the oil before eating it. Although these are quite unconventional, but these practices can at least lessen any unhealthy portions found in your dim sum dishes.
  3.  Sometimes, it can be quite tempting to pour some tasty hot sauce over that steaming white rice. To make things healthier for you, why not skip the sauce, and enjoy the rice as a bland accompaniment for the beautifully seasoned dim sum fare on your table.
  4. If you want to cut back on your portions for beef and pork but you wish to enjoy a dumpling on your dim sum run, you can opt for vegetable filled ones instead.
  5. Consume steamed salty dim sum in moderate amounts.
  6. Choose dishes that are less pan fried and deep fried to avoid excess amounts of fat and energy.

It is undeniable that dim sum definitely has impressive flavors which can have you throwing your diet restrictions out the door. But there is no need to sacrifice your health to enjoy these steaming delicious dishes. Stick to these simple rules and you make your next dim sum trip less of a guilty pleasure. Remember, good food doesn’t have to be sinful.

If you want to enjoy your dim sum in Singapore and get your money’s worth by savoring delicious and heavily satisfying meals, get it all at Tak Po.

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