Australians have long been locked in a love affair with sweet and sour pork, honey chicken and other retro Chinese recipes, but these deep-fried delights are best enjoyed in moderation.
Thankfully, there’s far more to Chinese food than those sticky, golden-fried dishes (there are eight great cuisines in China, after all). Choosing low-fat Chinese dishes and healthier Chinese recipes options is easy if you stick to these simple rules.
Ditch the deep-fryer in favour of your steamer basket, and suddenly those dumplings aren’t nearly so dangerous. Try this recipe for pork dumplings with prawn and chives.
By seasoning your wok properly and heating it to smoking point, you’ll require less oil, as the ingredients won’t stick to the sides. Then, load it up with virtuous ingredients, such as this nutrient-packed dish of stir-fried vegetables with cashews.
To ensure you’re getting all of the vitamins you need this winter, make it your mission to eat the rainbow! Incorporate a colourful array of crunchy vegetables into your Chinese stir-fries and soups for the full spectrum of health. This vibrant stir-fried fish with oyster sauce is just the ticket.
Along with fresh vegetables, add these Chinese medicinal foods to your shopping list, and then whip up cold-busting dishes such as this soy-braised chicken with ginger and garlic or stir-fried crab with ginger and spring onions.
There’s never been a better time to whip out your hot pot. These traditional earthenware dishes require very little oil and, like steaming, this cooking technique also locks in all of the vital nutrients. Try our chicken and tofu hot pot for a light Chinese recipe that will warm you to your very core.
Another easy way to revamp your favourite Chinese dishes is to swap the white rice for one of these five types of healthy rice, perfect in this dish of Cantonese soy garlic beef with a mix of brown and wild rice.
So you still want your Mongolian lamb? Never fear – just add a side of steamed greens to immediately up the nutritional value your Chinese meal. Low-fat Chinese vegetable recipes include Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce and stir-fried asparagus with XO sauce.
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