Thai and Chinese cuisine is comprised of a dizzying variety of flavors, but there is at least one common demoninator that binds them all together — and that’s flavor! From the deep, earthy flavors of a Chinese stir-fry to the spicy, fresh flavors of a Thai curry, one guarantee is an awakening of the senses. From a health perspective, using unique blends of herbs and spices prevents our chefs from relying on high-fat ingredients for a big flavor impact. Whether you reach for salty, spicy, sweet or sour… our healthy authentic Thai and Chinese recipes are sure to please any palate.
Authentic Asian diets center on rice, noodles, vegetables and other healthy, filling ingredients with meat used as a condiment – not a main factor. The many delicious soups help you control your appetite, especially if enjoyed prior to the main entree. Eating certain Asian ingredients found often in our recipes can help improve your liver function while also contributing to your overall health, such as tofu, miso, and bok choy.
While not every item on the menu ranks high on the “healthy list”, here are some tips to help you get the most health-value out of our Chinese and Thai food selections:
- Soups, such as egg-drop or hot and sour, are the best appetizers.
- Steamed vegetable dumplings are a better choice than fried egg rolls if watching your weight or just cutting calories.
- Steamed brown rice is the best starch choice over fried rice and noodles.
- Try to eat with chopsticks. No one will judge you on technique and it generally leads to eating less.
- Pay attention to portion sizes and don’t hesitate to ask for a take-home container.
- Opt for steamed or roasted choices over deep-fried or breaded items if counting calories.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for half-sauce or the sauce on the side so you can control your caloric intake.
Chinese and Thai dishes typically contain enough food for two or three people. “It’s meant to be family style,” says Alan Wong, owner of Kungfu Plaza. So portion out half before you dig in — then save the rest and take home for tomorrow’s (yummy!) lunch.