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Chinese food has been around for thousands of years. The range of food that offers varies from region to region. Because of the vast amount of food available, finding good Keto Friendly Chinese Food is difficult. What makes it even more difficult is that Chinese food is geared towards balance. Almost all dish is eaten with rice to balance the saltiness of the side dish. However, that is not to say that there are no low carb food. Below, you will find a list of my Best Keto Friendly Chinese Food.
Best Keto Friendly Chinese Food
Chinese food in general uses a lot of starch in their diet. Most meal will contain some kind of rice or noodle. However there are some food that are devoid of sugar. Below you will find a list of some of my favorite Keto Friendly Chinese Food.
Keto Friendly Chinese Food (Dim Sum)
Shu Mai (烧卖)
ShuMai is a dish that is served frequently in Dim Sum Restaurant. It is a pork and shrimp filled meat ball that is covered in a yellow wrapper.
The texture is soft yet chewy. To truly enjoy this dish, I highly recommend that you visit a Chinatown and go to a dim sum restaurant. You can order it by hailing the auntie and she will give you a plate of 4. You can dip it in Siracha or the yellow mustard mix that they give.
GaiLan (芥蘭) with Oyster Sauce
This is another popular dim Sum dish. Gailan is a dish that is steamed and then drizzled with oyster sauce and sesame oil. The texture and taste is similar to broccoli but with a more satisfying crunch. You can order this similarly to dim sum. You just have to find the right auntie in the dim sum restaurant. Different auntie will have different food. If you want to make it at home, you can read my article on GaiLan. The recipe is at the bottom or the article.
PeKing Duck (北京烤鴨)
PeKing Duck is a duck that has been hang dried and roasted. It originated in BeiJing which is the northern part of China. It is said that Chinese Chef will cut the PeKing Duck into 120 pieces.
Most people are obsessed with the meat of the duck, but true connoisseur judge the quality of the duck by its skin. A well made PeKing duck has the skin and fat separated before cooking. The end result is a extremely crispy skin. Those with a flabby skins are made poorly and you should not order their duck in the future if they make it that way.
Typically, these ducks are paired with hoisin, scallion, and a steamed brioche bun. If you are looking for a keto diet, I would avoid the HoiSin and the Steamed Brioche. The duck is great by itself.
Roasted Pork Siu Yuk (燒肉)
Like many other countries, the Chinese have their own version of roasted pork. The pig is usually spit roasted whole and it is common to have a whole pig for a big party.
The crispy crackly skin has a great contrast with the juicy pork. It is typically eaten with rice or on a sandwich, but there it is also great by itself. One of the most popular pieces is actually the Pork Head. But you can definitely stick to the other pieces. The pork fat usually have the best combination of crunch, fat and meat. They can be dipped with plum or hoisin sauce. But for a Keto Friendly version, I recommend that you just eat it by itself or pair it with lettuce.
Egg Drop Soup (蛋花湯)
Egg Drop Soup is chicken soup that has egg literally dropped in. If made correctly, you will see beautiful strands of eggs in your soup. It is paired with Green Onion and Sesame oil to give it a beautiful balance in flavor. In America, most Egg Drop Soup is usually made with Corn Starch to thicken it. It really is not necessary if you make the soup correctly. My Recipe actually uses chicken bones and egg to thicken it instead.
Keto Friendly Chinese Food (Misc)
Mapo Tofu (麻婆豆腐)
MaPo Tofu (麻婆豆腐) is a sichuan dish that uses the famous numbing sichuan pepper. It is hot, oily, numbing and of course delicious. It is usually made with DouBan Jiang, DouChi (Fermented Blacn Bean) and Minced Pork. A good Mapo Dofu has a thick layer of vibrant red Chili Oil.
While this dish is usually paired with rice, the bland tofu actually balances out the dish really well. You can just eat it by itself for a low carb keto diet.
Fried Tofu is what it sounds like, Fried Tofu. How the Chinese prepare it is very similar to how they prepare GaiLan. They drizzle Fried Tofu with Oyster Sauce, Green Onion and Sesame Oil. If you don’t have access to these ingredients, you can either order it from amazon or just use Soy Sauce.
Beef and Broccoli
This is not really a Chinese food. The authentic version actually uses GaiLan. The early immigrants from China did not really have access to GaiLan so they used Broccoli as a substitute.
I am pretty sure you dont need a introduction to this dish. But just be aware that it might be a little difficult to eat this by itself. It is usually paired with rice. If you do go for this dish, try eating it with bland food like Tofu.
Non Keto Friendly Chinese Food
– Fried Rice
– Fried Noodle
– Char Siu Yuk (叉燒肉)
– Spring Rolls ((春卷)
– Pot Stickers (鍋貼)
– Egg Tart (蛋撻)
– Ha Gao (蝦餃)
– Lou Mai Gai
– Xiao long Bao(小笼包)
– Turnip cake (蘿蔔糕
This is just a short list of food that contains starch. While its not going to make or break your diet. If you are counting carbs, it is best to avoid the food listed above. It is also not exhaustive, be smart about what you consume.
Keto Friendly Chinese Food Thoughts
This is a small list of some of my favorite Keto Friendly Chinese Food. Unfortunately, the Chinese love to use rice and noodles in a lot of their dish. If you are looking for Keto Friendly diet, avoid food that contains starch. I hope this list is helpful, comment below if you want me to expand the list.
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