[What to eat when yum cha?] It is common to go yum cha when choosing a location for a meal gathering with a large group of relatives and friends. A lot of people think that as dim sum is steamed food, it must be healthier than other fried foods, but is that true?
Some steamed dim sum, such as Chinese Sponge Cake, seems healthy with limited seasonings added. Yet as it is made of a lot of lard and sugar, it contains up to 370 kcal, which is equivalent to one and a half-bowl of rice. In addition, some dim sum (such as siu mai, shrimp dumplings, etc.) are not too high in calories, but they are actually made with a lot of oil and seasonings, which makes them high in fat and sodium, which increases the risk of obesity, high cholesterol and other cardiovascular diseases.
Even so, yum cha in a teahouse is still one of the best choices for many people to have a meal gathering with relatives and friends. It is recommended that not to yum cha more than once a week; limit the intake of high-calorie dim sum and reduce the oil intake in other meals of the day.
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