Hong Kong people consume a stunning 800 million dim sum dishes a year — enough to circumnavigate the world three times if their bamboo containers are lined up side by side.
A survey conducted by website www.healthyd.com revealed that siu mai or steamed pork dumpling is the favorite dim sum of Hong Kong people, with 65 percent of the votes going to the dish.
The survey, which interviewed 1,388 people online, also showed that 58 percent of the respondents cast their votes for shrimp dumplings.
Steamed custard buns took the third place with 39 percent, followed by chicken’s feet with 38 percent and steamed beef balls with 32 percent.
Nutritionists, however, warn that excessive intake of siu mai, which is rich in saturated fat and cholesterol, could increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases or stroke.
The fat content in siu mai and steamed beef balls accounts for over half of the total energy content of the dishes.
The survey found that 95 percent of the respondents said they would have dim sum meals about 5.6 times a month, or once every five days.
An average of eight dim sum dishes and two other fried noodles or rice would be ordered in a typical meal for four people.
Nutritionist Wong Hoi-sze from NutraCare Consultancy estimates that the calorie intake of an adult per dim sum meal stands at 1,260 kCal, which is 1.5 times the recommended intake of 500 KCal for a woman and 80 percent over that of the recommended 700 KCal for a man.
Barbecued pork bun (31 percent), steamed rice roll with barbecued pork (30 percent), vegetable dumplings (29 percent), Malay cake (29 percent) and steamed rice roll with shrimps (28 percent) make up the rest of the top 10 favorite dim sum dishes.
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