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Hong Kongers eat 66,000 tons of siu mei a year

Hong Kongers eat 66,000 tons of siu mei a year

We do live to eat: Hong Kongers consume fatty meats like mad without fearing the consequences
char siu
Death by char siu is possible.

We love our siu mei -- Cantonese-style roast meats -- and consume 66,000 tons of them every year.

According to a survey of 1,706 people by, on average Hong Kong people eat Cantonese-style roast meats once every four days.

The most popular meat is char siu (barbecued pork). Siu yuk (roast pork) is second; siu ngor (roast goose) is third most popular.

But eating these meats is really bad for you. Registered dietitian Sally Poon Shi-po said that consuming siu mei -- high in saturated fats -- more than once a week raises the risk of coronary heart disease and strokes.

Hong Kongers don't give a damn. Of those surveyed, 78 percent know that eating siu mei is unhealthy but only 1 percent are willing to stop eating it for health reasons, while 45 percent admitted they ignored the risks to their health.


After traveling around the world on a fistful of dollars, Zoe returns to Hong Kong, where she grew up, to discover and write about all the inspiring stuff that happens here on a daily basis.

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