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I have been living in China for 6 months. I'm not good at cooking, but I eat a lot of veggies, that part has been easy, but it gets boring. I really miss having an oven, and I miss a lot of ingredients (or maybe I don't know where to search for them). If you have any suggestions please!!! I don't like to eat out, cause I tend to eat more than I should. And the products in the supermarket don't have nutritional info!!
Most of the restaurant food is going to have oil. Just order lots of vegetable dishes, eat very small portions and fill up on plan steamed rice. Boiled/steamed jiaozi or steamed baozi (you're best off asking for "su bao" for vegetable filling, instead of "rou bao" for meat filling) are good choices for a quick meal.
Cooking at home really couldn't be easier or more affordable in China. Also, if you absolutely can't cook but want to eat healthy food, it might be worth it to hire an ayi to do your shopping and cooking.
I have lived in China for two years now. The first year I was successful in losing weight, mainly because I didnt know what to order in restaurants and because my apartment was on the fifth floor with no elevator and we walked almost everywhere we went because we couldnt tell a taxi where to take us:)
BUT now we live in an apartment that has access to an elevator and do know how to order foods and take a taxi more:( Convenience is nice, but not necessarily healthy! I have gained 10 pounds this year!
We have one "western" restaurant in town where we can get salads and grilled chicken, beef etc. so we try to eat a salad everyday.
I don't shop or cook much which is probably not good but it is just too much mafan!
I used to order fried rice but now try to stick to steamed rice and also eggs and tomatoes are popular in our city, that is healthier,
Good luck on learning the language. I have found that the younger you are the easier it is to learn...so I am horrible at speaking:O LOL!
Have a blessed day!!!!!
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My Chinese isn't very good yet. I'm still at the stage where I mostly order what I can point at, so I know how you feel. I have noticed some healthier choices here where I live. The food is really different in other parts. I think that jiaozi and wontons (which are usually boiled here) are lower in calories than some of the pan fried dumplings. And I've eaten a lot of vegetables fried in oil, and I've lost weight. At first I was afraid of all the oil, but I don't think it's hurt me yet. That's 1 suggestion. I hope that helps.
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Hi, I am in China and don't speak Chinese. This is a problem when trying to order lower calorie foods. Does anybody have suggestions of what some common things to order are. Or, how do you ask for something steamed instead of saturated in oil? How bad for you are these dishes that are cooked with oil in a wok? I am doing much better with eating than I was, but these things are difficult when I eat out. I don't know what I'm eating. Any suggestions?