Print This Page SparkPeople

Dining Out: Chinese Cuisine

Restaurant-Specific Strategies
  -- By SparkPeople
Characteristics:

Reflects many different cooking styles, traditions, customs, ingredients and flavors from multiple regions of China. Cantonese, the most popular form in the U.S., features grilled meat, steaming and stir-frying, and flavors are not as intense as other regions, such as Szechuan or Hunan.
Common Ingredients:

High emphasis on a very wide variety of vegetables and complex carbohydrates like rice and noodles. Meat, poultry and seafood are usually sliced and served in smaller portions. Tofu is a popular ingredient in many dishes.
Hidden Dangers: <pagebreak>

Healthy Finds:
The Big Tip:

You might be able to order “family style” with large dishes that can be divided among several people at the table. This makes it easier to control your portions. Since portions are usually pretty large, you can get away with ordering fewer entrees than you have guests.
Substitution Ideas
 
 Try This Skip That
 Wonton (or other clear) Soup  Velvet Corn Chowder
 Black Bean Sauce  Sweet & Sour Sauce
 Steamed Rice (185 calories)  Fried Rice (360 calories)
 Steamed Dumplings  Egg Rolls
 Soft Noodles  Fried Noodles
 Hot Mustard  Soy Sauce
 Chicken  Duck
 Dishes with Water Chestnuts  Dishes with Cashews

Back to Main Menu