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Reasonably salted Chinese food?

neighborguy Nov 12, 2010 10:55 AM

I love Chinese food!

But part of the reason why it's so good is all the fat and salt. While I don't have a problem with fat, not greasiness, most restaurant/takeout dishes are really loaded with salt. Tried Yueh Tung a while back finally but paid for it by feeling thirsty for the rest of that evening.

Where do you go for fresh and flavourful low-sodium/MSG Chinese?

Yueh Tung
126 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

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  1. Crispier Crouton RE: neighborguy Nov 12, 2010 12:55 PM

    Go to any reasonable quality Chinese restaurant and request them to reduce the salt, and you'll get it, as long as it's a dish that's made to order (and not, say, bbq duck, bbq pork, cold shanghainese appetizers, soups, etc)

    You can also request them to use less oil, or to not use msg.

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    1. re: Crispier Crouton
      liverwurst RE: Crispier Crouton Nov 12, 2010 05:39 PM

      I know what you mean. I love Chinese food too, but I find it to be, in general, pretty salty. There is a new restaurant that opened earlier this year - Regal Chinese Cuisine (located at the old Ruby Restaurant at Sandhurst Circle in Scarborough). They tout themselves as the healthy choice - low sodium and lower fat. My brother had his wedding reception there, and I really noticed that the salt level was greatly reduced on practically all the dishes. It was almost to the point where I thought the food was a little lacking in flavour! I'm probably not doing a good job at selling this place, but I do know of people who love Chinese food, but absolutely have to follow a low-sodium diet, and this would the perfect place.

      I would second Crispier Crouton's advice and request for reduced salt on made -to -order dishes. I've done that on a number of occasions when we brought our young daughter out, and it worked out well.

      Regal Chinese Cuisine
      1571 Sandhurst Circle, Unit 107, Scarborough, ON M1V 1V2, CA

      1. re: Crispier Crouton
        piccola RE: Crispier Crouton Dec 8, 2010 04:44 PM

        For what dishes would it be acceptable to ask for less oil? (Obviously not for anything deep-fried, but I don't order that anyway.)

        1. re: piccola
          smfan RE: piccola Dec 9, 2010 02:20 AM

          Usually another scoop of oil is added at the end of cooking to make the dish look good.

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        smfan RE: neighborguy Nov 13, 2010 02:08 AM

        For chinese food almost all meat is marinated with salt, plus the salt in soy sauce, oyster sauce, etc. Ask them not to add any more salt during cooking.

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          smfan RE: neighborguy Dec 8, 2010 01:44 PM

          Tried the Royal Chinese Restaurant today. Very low in sodium. Not heavy on the corn starch gravy or oil. Did not have any MSG aftertaste. Mushroom with baby bok choi, 1/2 free range chicken, fried pork with bean in sweet sauce, and gai lan with fish fillet all for $36. Large portions. No free soup or dessert. Will go back to try the 8 treasures with duck. The new location is at sheppard and birchmount. Next to the Rexall. No shop sign yet.

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