Welcome Surfkitty! Good to have you here.
Believe it or not, you can still have some chinese foods. Unlike Italian and some other foods, where sauces are already made up and the items cannot be altered easily. Chinese foods are an exception. They are usually made fresh to order. Just buffet's are out of the question.
When ordering chinese, let them know that you have sodium restrictions. Ask them to leave off the MSG entirely, as it is loaded with sodium. Then ask them to add no additional salt and go light on the sauces. In some places I have been able to get them to steam cook the entree and give me the sauce on the side so I can control the amount of sodium.
Places, where I have had wonderful luck with this, is our local Chinese places, plus for franchise places....P.F. Chang's and Kobe Japanese Steakhouse. The Japanese Steakhouse actually has an option of low sodium on the menu and it is super tasty!
Just let any place you go know your sodium restrictions and most, though not all, places will be willing to accomodate. Luckily, the manager out our local chinese place also has sodium restrictions, so she knows exactly how I have to have the food!
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