As the Year of the Rat scampers round, we're bingeing on Chinese New Year goodies while trying to exercise restraint so we can still fit into our CNY cheongsams, and chances are, so are you. We're trying not to think about the calories or how many sessions of F45 we'd have to attend to work off those extra calories and chances are, so are you. After all, calories are just numbers, right? Meaningless, horrible numbers. But what if we were to compare the calories in popular CNY snacks to the calories in bubble tea? As in, how many cups of bubble tea you'd be able to drink if you didn't have that slice of bak kwa or those four pineapple tarts, maybe? In the end, it's all about balance and perspective, right? If you ate that kueh lapis, then maybe shouldn't queue for Tiger Sugar today. If you die die must have your Koi with bubbles on CNY Day 2, then resist the temptation to crack open that packet of salted egg fish skin. There, calories just got a bit easier to understand, right?
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