Friday 1 July 2011

Football Players and Healthy Eating

Menu: braised sea cucumber with abalone and pumpkin and stir-fried grouper fillet

Apparently, these Chinese-style dishes are all "heavy in zinc" which means that they must be really healthy dishes.

Sino Group of Hotels executives and Kitchee soccer players

The Barclays Asia Trophy (Hong Kong 2011 edition) will kick off on July 27th and 30th. Let's see how many sea cucumbers Kitchee players can chow down by then!!!

Reference: Kitchee players help promote healthy eating and caring for the heart (SCMP; paywall)
Ben Sin
Jun 10, 2011

So how did the Kitchee soccer team win Hong Kong's First Division Football League championship this year? By eating healthily, according to team captain Lo Kwan-yee.

Lo, along with teammates Chan Man-fai and Lam Ka-wai, represented Kitchee as they showed their support for the Sino Group of Hotels' new healthy eating campaign on Wednesday afternoon at The Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers.

It was a sort of bundled promotion for the hotel group, as a month-long campaign - titled "Dad, You're Wonderful" - is not only promoting healthy eating, it also supports local cardiac patients' support group Care For Your Heart, and celebrates Father's Day.

Jonathan Leung, the hotel's head chef, designed a series of dishes that are heavy in zinc, such as braised sea cucumber with abalone and pumpkin and stir-fried grouper filet.

"Zinc has been scientifically proven to be good for the heart, circulation and skin, so that's great for fathers," Leung, a father himself, said.

Even the younger men from Kitchee took the opportunity to boost their zinc levels.

"It's very crucial for us, as athletes, to eat healthy," Lam said. "But of course, the food should taste good, too."

These zinc-filled dishes are also available at three other hotels: The Royal Pacific, Gold Coast and City Garden.

The four hotels have pledged to make donations to the Care For Your Heart foundation after the promotion ends.

The Kitchee team will need all the zinc they can get, as they're facing Chelsea in the Barclays Asia Trophy tournament.

"We're training right now by eating these dishes," Lo joked.


  1. aimlesswanderer2 July 2011 at 23:07

    I confess to being completely ignorant of an health benefits of zinc.

    Hmm, abalone and fish, what a coincidence that they are expensive.

  2. Same here. It really should be a balanced diet, and not zinc, that is promoted. Since it is a hotel promotion, it is not surprising that expensive ingredients are used in their promotion. Haha.

  3. aimlesswanderer4 July 2011 at 20:20

    Hongkies are often way skinny and completely muscleless - especially women. They need to do something other than shop, perhaps ever something which involves, shock horror, actual physical exercise.

    They might even acquire some muscle, and their weight might creep over the 45kg mark, and may not be able fit kiddy clothes.

  4. Yes, I agree. The typical Hongkie woman appears to be fit, but in actual fact she is unhealthy and physically weak. Physical exercise is not a bad thing but I guess shopping is preferred to sports or exercise.

  5. aimlesswanderer10 July 2011 at 15:23

    The typical Hongkie woman appears skinny, but that's a result of starvation, not burning off calories getting sweaty in any way shape or form - including sex.

    Yes, there is an odd cultural/advertising bias against doing anything that might get one sweaty. It's like the "we are rich enough that I don't have to work in the fields" idea, which has morphed into "I am rich enough to shop 24/7 and don't need to worry about exercise".

  6. Absolutely. I think the term may be called skinny fat.

    Hence the fixation with shopping. Why get hot, sweaty and sunburnt when they can stay indoors in the malls with air-conditioning. Why have sex too? Lol.

  7. aimlesswanderer19 July 2011 at 20:02

    Sex leads to children, which are to be avoided like SARS unless you have to produce that precious son to carry on the family line... and even then, you outsource 99% of the kid's upbringing to the maid.

    Maybe that's why there are so many skyscrapers, they're also there to block out evil, tan causing light.

  8. Dontcha just luv the Hongkie way of life? Lol.