Calories in Common Chinese New Year favourites


Found this very good article resource in The Star paper that states the calories contained in common Malaysian food- especially when the festive season is happening, you may want to have a better idea of the amount of calories that you are consuming.

Below is taken from The Sunday Star dated 22 January 2012 written by Tan Shiow Chin.

CaloriesinCNYfood– click here to open the PDF file of the scanned article (file size about 2 MB) with visual and breakdown of calories, cholesterol, fat, sodium, protein, carbohydrate and dietary fibre. For here, I would list down the calories amount:

  • Bak kwa (BBQ meat)- 1 piece: 228 kcal
  • Bamboo shoot (cooked and boiled with salt)- 1 cup: 41 kcal
  • Fatt choy quarter cup- 0.02kcal
  • Duck thigh (raw)- 375 kcal
  • Chicken thigh (raw) – 300 kcal
  • Chicken breast- 150 kcal
  • Chicken wing (raw)- 109 kcal
  • Fish (white pomfret, raw)- 242 kcal
  • Lotus root (raw)-26 kcal
  • Lettuce (raw)- 10 kcal
  • Pork (medium fat, raw)- 132 kcal
  • Prawns (steamed)- 100 kcal
  • Mandarin oranges-1 fruit: 37 kcal
  • Rice (cooked)- 207 kcal
  • Sea cucumber (raw)- 28kcal
  • Noodles (raw)- 225 kcal
  • Pineapple tarts (baked, 1 piece)- 23 kcal
  • Niao gao (steamed)- 977 kcal
  • Red dates (dried, 5 pieces)- 155 kcal
  • Yee sang (raw)- 135.5kcal

You may notice that some of the meat is indicated as ‘raw’- not that you should eat it raw, but to indicate that without any oil, sugar, flavouring, it is the indicative calorie content. Add all the other oil and sugar, the calorie content rises.

The author credits the following sources for information:

  • Nutrient Composition of Malaysian Foods (4th Edition)

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