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Nutrition Info: Calories in Pau (Chinese steamed buns)

Posted on | September 21, 2012 | No Comments

Char Siew Pork Pau

Chinese Steamed Buns are called baozi or popularly known as bao, bau, pow, pau. They are plain or filled buns (light, soft and bread-like) that comes in various forms, with a variety of fillings (meat or vegetarian).   Theses buns are steamed and can be eaten for breakfast, as snacks in between meals or during a meal.

Nutrition info for Chicken Pau:  1 bun

  • Energy: 292 calories
  • Protein: 0 g *
  • Carbs:  34.1 g
  • Fat: 10.2 g

* I don’t know how reliable this nutrition information is as it stated that even thought it was chicken flavoured, contained no protein.   The calorie content seems right though.


Nutrition info for Char Siew Pau:  1 bun (120g)

  • Energy: 363 calories
  • Protein: 13 g
  • Carbs:  45 g
  • Fat: 15 g


Nutrition info for Lotus Seed Pau:  1 bun

  • Energy: 170 calories
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbs:  29 g
  • Fat: 4 g

Please be mindful that the bigger the pau, the more calories it will contain. There was very little control over the portion size quoted.   So use common sense. Bigger = more calories.

As with any ‘snack’ you can get caught thinking that you are only eating something small, so it should contain few calories. As you can see with pau’s, that is not always true.   You could replace 1 char siew bau with Yong Tau Foo and save calories!

I believe that you should avoid snacking if you are trying to manage your weight. If you are hungry between meals you should increase your portion size slightly.  If you really do need to snack, try fresh fruit and vegetables only – or find something with a nutrition label so you know exactly what you’re eating.

Please try cutting back if you’re snacking on too many pau’s.

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