Eating out Chinese

A Chinese meal features many dishes and rice is the basis of the meal. Traditionally, fried rice is not normally served with meals, but is a snack in itself. Dishes are usually cooked in a pan called a 'wok', over a very fierce heat. A minimum oil is used. This is called stir-frying.

This style of cooking:

  • Conserves vitamins and minerals
  • Enhances flavour, colour and texture of foods

Typically, a Chinese diet is mainly vegetarian, incorporating large quantities of rice, noodles, and vegetables. this is very much in line with today's nutritional guidelines. It is good to consider this when choosing what to eat in the Chinese restaurant:

Do select:

  • Soups
  • Chicken and sweetcorn
  • Sweetcorn and crab meat
  • Seafood, hot and sour
  • Bean curd
  • Chop suey - mixed vegetable/chicken/prawn
  • Plain boiled rice
  • Plain noodles
  • Seasonal vegetables
  • Steamed dishes
  • Stir fired mushrooms
  • Take care:
  • Spring rolls
  • Prawn crackers
  • sesame prawn toasts
  • Deep fried crab claws
  • Special fried rice
  • Sweet and sour dishes
  • Special fried noodles
  • Duck


Fill your bowl with boiled rice and select a piece of meat, fish or a vegetable and eat together - eat more rice. Avoid eating lots of the sauces

Desserts are not part of the Chinese meals - they may finished with fresh fruit

Drink Jasmine tea

Drink plain water

(Chinese meals are often high in salt with will make you thirsty)

Dan Bennett

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