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Tired of greasy hot chips? Healthier snack foods do exist...

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article image Hakka offers a range of snack foods that can be boiled or steamed

A recent study out of Federico 2 University in Naples, Italy has uncovered that hot chips are not as unhealthy as we may think, as long as we fry them in the correct way.

The study, which was conducted by Professor Vincenzo Fogliano and Giuseppe Daddo involved an analysis of the way different foods absorb cooking oil during the frying process.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the results uncovered that zucchini and eggplant absorbed 30 per cent of the oil, while potatoes absorbed a mere five per cent.

Apparently, this is all down to the high starch content of potatoes. “Starch plays an important part in sealing the food being food and reducing the oil absorption,” explains Fogliano.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, it is important to note that this does not apply to frozen or pre-fried chips, and unfortunately for us, most Australian businesses sell chips of this nature.

The study is based around the way European’s, rather than Australian’s cook their chips, and really, the methods could not be more different.

While Australians love to snack on hot chips, there are a number of healthier, just as flavoursome snack foods out there.

Asian style snack foods are becoming increasingly popular amongst Australians, and many of them are much healthier as they do not require deep frying.

Luckily for us, Hakka manufactures a wide range of such products.

These include dumplings, which are available in the following flavours:

  • Pork and chives
  • Pork and Chinese cabbage
  • Pork and bok choy
  • Pork and watercress
  • Pork, prawn and egg
  • Seafood
  • Chicken and mushroom
  • Enoki mushroom
  • Beef
The dumplings are comprised of real, premium quality meat and vegetables, and they can be boiled, steamed or pan fried rather than deep fried, which ensures they absorb little to no excess oil.

The company also manufactures a range of preservative and MSG free yum cha style snack foods that are similarly perfect for use as entrees and at events.

These include:

  • Beef balls
  • Prawn gow gee
  • Silver roll
  • Fish tofu
  • King crab chunks
  • Dim sims in three flavours
  • Steamed buns in three flavours
A number of the company’s snack foods are also available gluten free. These include Malaysian meat balls, Thai fish cakes, satay skewers, fried rice and Chinese BBQ pork.

While these snack foods are designed for people with food intolerances, they do not compromise on taste and can subsequently be consumed by those who do not suffer from such sensitivities.

Only a selection of the company’s snack foods have been mentioned here. In need of more inspiration for your next event or function? Head to the Hakka website.

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