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Hey guys, I'm going out for Dim Sum today for only the second time in my life. The last time I went I wasn't paying attention to what I was eating yet, so I'm terrified of what I'm going to eat! :s

I'm trying to expand my palate but I'm a pretty tried-and-true kind of gal (aka... love "Americanized Chinese Food").

What can I get that I won't want to spit into my napkin but that won't kill my calories for the day? (I'd like to keep it to about 500).
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Here's the CC dim sum list.  I'm going to try googleing dim sum calories and see what I get.  More later!

PS:  I love dim sum
This popped up from

What To Avoid:
1 Egg roll:
346 cals, 34g fat, 6g carbs, 6g protein
Let's see; fried meat, eggs and veggies encased in deep fried dough. That's the perfect recipe for a heart attack.

What To Try Instead:
1 Spring roll: 115 cals, 4.5g fat, 13.8g carbs, 3.8g protein
Spring rolls contain fewer calories than egg rolls, and are usually made up of healthy veggies (although they can be ordered with meat). To lower the fat content even more, ask to have them steamed rather than fried. What To Avoid:
3 Fried Dim Sum: 300 calories, 12g fat, 0g carbs, 0g protein
Apparently, dim sum translates into "touching your heart." I can only wonder if by that the Chinese mean, "Eat this and it'll touch your heart by clogging all the arteries that lead to it," because that's what these fried bundles are likely to do to you. What To Try Instead:
3 Dumplings: 190 cals, 8g fat, 16g carbs, 10g protein
Usually steamed instead of fried, dumplings are a much better appetizer choice than dim sum, and often come with a light fish sauce and vinegar dip rather than a heavy plum, or sweet and sour sauce. Of course, if you opt for the peanut butter sauce, you can forget these as a "lighter" alternative. What To Avoid:
1 Fried Wonton: 110 cals, 8g fat, 6.5g carbs, 3g protein
Hmm, well I guess it's all in the name no surprises here. And by fried, yes, that does mean deep-fried. And by no surprises I mean, they're telling you it's fried, and it's also stuffed with meat, so you really can't be shocked to discover that this little morsel doesn't pave the way to ripped abs. What To Try Instead:
3 Large Prawn Crackers: 45 calories, 2g fat, 5g carbs, 1.8g protein
Although a bit high in sodium, 3 shrimp crackers will do far less damage to your cardiovascular system and your love handles than one fried wanton.
wow, I didn't know egg rolls are that bad....
This is a previous post on the subject.  Click on the link and then click on Local Chinese Dim Sum for a chart that give the nutrients for a wide variety. .html
Oh man, Dim Sum!  Now my mouth is watering :-)~

Dim Sum can be quite healthy I would think since it's steamed.  Depends on what it's filled with.  Also if you get the pan fried or deep fried ones then of course they'll be worse.  Also, the thing that always gets me is the soy dipping sauces.  Hello Sodium!  :-)
Mmm, now I want dumplings. Those are my favorite Chinese food, I'm so glad they're not too bad for me! Anyways, I usually have dumplings as an appetizer and then chicken in a white sauce with pea pods and cashews for my meal when I go to my local Chinese place. Loaded with protein and probably my favorite food ever! Mmmm.

Yeah, I'm going out for dim sum today, and I can't seem to find nutritional information on any of the items I normally eat there.  We usually stay away from the fried stuff and stick with the steamed foods, like shrimp/seafood dumplings.  We do eat the occasional fried things like chicken feet, but nothing that's actually been battered and/or deep fried, like the spikey shrimp balls, egg/spring rolls, or shrimp chips.  I'm going to do some searching online and see what I can come up with, and post it on here when I get back.  If I can't find anything, then this is my treat day anyway, and I'll try not to worry about it too much!!

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