Keto-Friendly Chinese Food
Is There Even Such a Thing?
While the ketogenic diet is a great way to lose weight and keep it off the idea of cutting out carbs almost completely leaves some people less than thrilled. No more pizza? No more footlong subs? No more piles of piping hot spaghetti smothered in sauce? When you think of it that way it can seem as though you’re not just leaving your excess weight behind, you’re also leaving flavor and enjoyment behind too. But such is not the case. The fact is you have a lot of options when it comes to food that is low carb including many varieties of fast food and of course everyone’s favorite, keto Chinese food.
Exploring Keto-Friendly Chinese Food
Chinese food on keto is not something that immediately comes to mind for people on the diet looking for a bit of variety. But we’re here to tell you Chinese food while on keto is one of the real pleasures of the lifestyle and just to drive our point home we’re going to provide you with 3 of our favorite Asian low-carb meals and follow that up with a short primer on what to look for and look out for next time you make the trek to your favorite Chinese restaurant.
Have a Plan for Keto Friendly Chinese Food
Before you head to the Chinese restaurant, you'll need to steel yourself against temptation and/or determine just how strictly you're going to adhere to your diet plan. Some folks plan regular deviations from keto orthodoxy on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. We're not going to encourage anyone to do that but if that sort of thing is part of your routine there probably isn't a better place to have a planned "slip" than in your favorite asian restaurant.
Let’s say on the other hand that you are not one to veer from the straight and narrow and adhere to your diet the way a fish adheres to water. Here are some things you’ll want to keep in mind before you open the red door of the asian restaurant.
Foods You Should Always Avoid
Here are some typically high carb menu items you’ll want to avoid in your quest for keto Chinese food.
Sweet Sauce Are No-nos...
It’s a pretty safe bet to assume that most of the sauces in a typical Chinese restaurant have sugar or a sugar substitute in them. As such you’ll want to give most of them a wide berth in your quest for low carb at the Chinese restaurant. That includes:
You may have ordered a dish that normally calls for one of the above problematic condiments, but we’d urge you to resist the temptation to give in. If you are unable to resist, try and exercise restraint regarding how much you use. Just getting a hint of the flavor is often enough to satisfy the taste buds and may not screw up your no carb Chinese food diet plan.
Hidden Carbs in some Chinese Food
The Bottom Line
For the most part, your safest choices for keto-friendly Chinese food will be things like egg drop soup, anything steamed and stir-fry dishes. Get one of the dishes that utilizes a thin, savory sauce like Moo Goo Gai Pan or curry chicken. Don't forget our three favorites noted above too. They're always one of the good keto Chinese food items.