Chinese

Top tips

  • Don’t ask for prawn crackers or rice crackers before your meal
  • Ask for your meal to be prepared without MSG (monosodium glutamate - an artificial flavour enhancer that has a lot of sodium)
  • Go for boiled or steamed rice. Avoid egg-fried rice
  • Go for stir-fried dishes, not deep–fried ones. Ask for just a small amount of oil to be used
  • Don’t add salt to your food. A little light soy sauce will add lots of extra flavour
  • Main course portions can be big – why not share a main course meat dish and order an extra serving of vegetables?

Healthy choices

black bowl with red chopsticksStarters

  • Clear broths like wanton, chicken & sweet corn and hot & sour soups
  • Grilled seafood and shellfish

Main courses

  • Steamed, roast or stir-fried chicken, pork, fillet steak or seafood
  • Stir-fried vegetable dishes
  • Bean sauces such as yellow bean or black bean sauce, oyster sauce, ginger and hoisin or plum sauce

Side orders

  • Steamed or boiled rice or noodles
  • Bean curd or tofu
  • Extra vegetables including snow peas, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, string beans, bean sprouts, bok choy, mushrooms and Chinese broccoli

Desserts

  • Fresh fruit platter
  • Rice cakes
  • Green tea 

Where to go easy…

Starters

  • Deep-fried parcels such as spring rolls, wantons, sesame toasts and dumplings

Main courses

  • Duck, especially with skin
  • Deep-fried and battered chicken, pork or prawns
  • Nut-based sauces such as satay (peanut) or cashew nut sauces

Side orders

  • Fried rice and deep-fried or crispy noodles
  • Prawn crackers

Desserts

  • Banana or pineapple fritters
  • Toffee apples
  • Fried ice-cream