Choosing Healthy Dishes When Ordering From a Chinese Restaurant

If you are a lover of Chinese food, then you probably know what a real Chinese dish tastes like. An honest-to-goodness authentic Chinese dish would have a lot of vegetables. These dishes are often cooked with little or no oil. This is why this particular cuisine is perfect if you are trying to lose weight. You really can go on an all-Chinese diet! That is, of course, if you opt for the real thing. This is not the case, however, with the usual restaurants. You would often end up with greasy and fatty poor excuse for Chinese food. Now, if that is the case, you have four options available to you.

First, you can choose to fly to China and stay there until you lose weight. If that sounds ridiculous, you can always look for a Chinese family and befriend them which is your second option. Of course, it’d be embarrassing to visit only during meal times. Thirdly, you can choose to learn how to cook real Chinese cuisine yourself. Lastly, you can choose your Chinese restaurant and orders well.

The last option is probably the most feasible one. After all, you can’t afford to fly to China. You can’t force yourself on any Chinese family. You don’t have the time to learn and cook the cuisine. So, finding a good restaurant and learning how to choose your orders well is probably the best choice.

Now, here are some tips on how to go about choosing the best low-calorie meals whenever you eat in a Chinese restaurant.

Egg rolls and spareribs are probably your first choice if you are going to buy Chinese food. However, these are bad choices if you are thinking about your health and your weight. These are just two of the things that you should avoid. Instead of getting egg rolls, get a wonton soup instead. This will suit your low-calorie diet better.

When buying main course dishes, you should choose dishes that have been steamed. They are healthier for you. Get yourself steamed spring rolls, chop suey or moo-goo gai pan. Anything that is steamed or boiled is a good choice. Avoid things that have been fried, and stay away from dishes that are way too salty, fatty and oily.

You don’t have to avoid eating at a Chinese restaurant altogether. You just have to learn how to choose your dishes well, so that you will still be able to enjoy your favorite Asian cuisine.

Lake Mary, FL Chinese Food – Finding A Great Buffet At A Chinese Restaurant

If you’ve ever been to a Chinese restaurant buffet in Lake Mary and Seminole County, FL then you know how great they are. The only thing you will need to fully enjoy the buffet is your appetite. Usually, you only have to pay a single cost for unlimited trips to the buffet line. You will almost always find your favorite Chinese dishes in the buffet offerings and maybe a few things you always wanted to try but were afraid to.

The buffet is a great place to take a family with children. They will typically have items that only a kid would love. You will find French fries and pizza as well as green jello and ice cream that are all geared toward the littlest diners. A parent will find this option a dream come true for taking their little darlings out for an evening meal. Usually a child has a difficult time selecting something from a standard menu in a restaurant, but at a Chinese buffet they don’t have to make a choice. They can have a little of everything they like.

The same can be true for the adults in the party. Sometimes you just want a little taste of something and not an entire dish centered on the one particular item. In a Chinese buffet you can take tiny amounts of everything they have to offer and not feel a bit guilty about it. Sample away. Take this opportunity to take a taste of everything you’ve always wanted to try.

A big draw for a Chinese buffet is the offering. You will usually find some peel and eat shrimp as well as crab legs. If this is something you enjoy then you can’t go wrong with the price of a Chinese buffet. Load your plate up on this much-coveted items and enjoy. Some restaurants may put a restriction on these items, but you will still get a considerably good deal with all the other items that are offered.

Make sure you save room for dessert. It may be very hard to do with the amount of great foods available for your meal, but it is a part of the whole experience. They will generally have some ice cream and pudding for the kids as well as cakes and other delectable treats. The kids will especially like this aspect of the buffet. Let them know that they shouldn’t take items that they will not eat, unless they are trying something for the first time and discover they don’t like it. You should make sure you eat everything you take if you are taking a large amount. It’s just good manners. They should also know that they shouldn’t have room for dessert if they don’t have room for everything on their plate.

If you live here or are just visiting for a great night out consider the benefits of a buffet at one of our local Chinese restaurants. Our next article will feature the best Chinese restaurants in Lake Mary and Seminole County, Fl.

[Chinese Restaurant Review] Foo Kee Seafood Restaurant, Flushing

When is a “B” the second best score that you can get? When it comes to Foo Kee Seafood Restaurant! As in achieving the second highest rating ever accorded by The Chinese Quest that is! For the other reason that you could score a “B”, you’ll just have to check out our Twitter feed, @TheChineseQuest.

After a two month hiatus, in the winter that seemingly will never end in the New York City Metropolitan area, the Mee’s hit the road again this evening. Taking special note of Mee Tsu Yan’s delicate intestinal fortitude, or lack thereof at this time, we purposely chose a Chinese restaurant of the Cantonese variety.

Once again search of the best Chinese restaurant around we ventured forth again across the Nassau border in to Flushing, NY. At this point we must consider rating Flushing restaurants on a separate scale than Long Island restaurants as is becoming evident that Flushing restaurants are now occupying four of the top five spots on our Quest to find the best Chinese restaurant on all of, umm, Long Island.

Our destination was:

Foo Kee Seafood Restaurant

136-14 38th Avenue

Flushing, NY 11354

Our special guest this evening was the most honorable Mee Har Vee, a world renowned wine connoisseur, or sommelier, a bon vivant, and an all around nice guy. A real mensch, if ever we met one. A character. And boy do we know characters!

Darren was our host. I swear the guy could have been in vaudeville! And what better way to strike a chord with a Jew than being funny and personable. We were in for a real treat (which sure put, the “B” rating that the Board of Health slapped on the restaurant, our minds at ease).

We left ALL of the ordering to him… and we left the wine selection to Mee Har Vee… more on that later.

When Darren (we’re not really sure if that’s his real name or a stage name) brought out three appetizers that included our staple of spare ribs (so so), crispy peking duck (yum-Mee), and a crispy chicken dish, our meal got off to a great start.

It was accompanied by Mee Har Vee’s first of five wine selections, called “Seven Daughters”. Now being that we were six guys, we were a little confused. What was the extra daughter doing at our table? Then he explained the Seven daughters represented the seven different grapes that were blended in to making this most delicious white wine. There were four other wines served. Beats me what they were called. By then I was… umm, back to the review.

So, after the appetizers settled nicely in to our bellies it was time for Darren (that was his name, right?) to recommend our entrees. There were four or five spectacular choices served with some incredible sauces. Nothing spicy. But, very succulent.

My favorite was the five pound lobster in garlic and ginger sauce.

There was some steak cube (kew?)… melted in your mouth. Scallops that were like butter. Another chicken dish, and house special fried rice.

Being a true, authentic, Chinese Restaurant, there was no fortune cookies served for desert (so sorry, you’ll have to pick your lotto numbers from some other place), but the sweetest juiciest oranges I’ve had in a long long time.

There are literally hundreds of Chinese restaurants that you could go to in Flushing. This is one that you surely don’t want to miss.

Humbly submitted for your consumption,

-Lonnie Goldman aka Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)