Dim sum is a traditional comfort food for many of us. Get health facts on Dim Sum from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH).
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Singapore is known for its variety of food, ranging from high-end cuisine to local hawker fare. Local breakfast favourites are usually found in places such as hawker centres, food courts and coffee shops at affordable prices.
How can you resist the temptation of fried carrot cakes (fried radish with egg and sweet sauce), breakfast beehoon, noodle or kuay teow with choice of sides (such as fried chicken wings, luncheon meat, fish cake, sausages, vegetables etc.), roti prata, mee siam or mee rebus etc.
Singaporeans like fast, takeaway breakfast options, including popular dim sums.
Choose wisely from the vast options available in Singapore. Here is a listing of nutritional content for various dim sum, to enable you to make healthier choices:
|Food Items||Lor Mai Kai||Dim Sum, Siew Mai, Steamed||Pork Pau ||Dim Sum, Spring Roll, Deep Fried||Dim Sum, Har Gow, Steamed||Chee Cheong Fun With Char Siew||Dim Sum, Yam Cake, Steamed|
|Per serving size||149 (1pc)||16g (1pc)||123.6g (1pc)||22g (1pc)||18g (1pc)||80.5g (1pc)||133g (1pc)|
|Total fat (g)||7||1||16||4||1||1||3|
|Saturated fat (g)||2.7||0.4||5.6||1.7||0.3||0.6||1.3|
|Trans fat (g)||0||0.03||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.|
Although fat is a concentrated source of calories, weight loss still depends on the overall energy intake throughout the day and physical activity. It is important to remember that calories are also found in foods containing carbohydrate, protein and alcohol.
Unhealthy breakfast options
Both pancakes and Danish pastries are made from flour, eggs and milk, etc., either topped with a sweet spread (maple syrup, jam, honey, etc.) or a savoury mixture (margarine, nuts, etc). Danish pastry is also very high in fat. Whilst providing energy, fat and carbohydrates, they don’t provide many important nutrients. "This also applies to local breakfast ideas e.g. fried carrot cake, roti prata, kaya and butter toast," say dietitians from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), a member of the SingHealth group.
Healthier choices include lower fat options: tuna bun, Japanese style pancake, vegetable pau, etc. Choose soup noodles instead of dry noodles and chicken porridge instead of pork porridge.
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healthy local breakfast options.