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Healthy Options in Chinese Food

Chomping down on Chinese food while watching the 2008 Summer Olympics at Beijing could seem like the ideal way to pay homage to the host country. Some Hakka Chow, Chilli Chicken, Schezwan Fried Rice and Veg Manchurian … fantastic deliciousness. But if you get on that diet, your body will look more like Mahesh Bhatt than Mahesh Bhupathi.

Nutrition analysis of Chinese dishes show that they are extremely high in calorific value, sodium content, high fat content and high in simple carbohydrates (which behave like sugar in your body). Many Chinese dishes are high on soy, which increases sodium content drastically in the food. Excess sodium leads to increase in blood pressure and retention of water, which increases your weight and makes you look bloated and fat.

So, whats a solution? Clearly, not eating Chinese food is a bad solution 🙂 But you can make healthy choices while ordering Chinese food.

Lets start with everyone’s favourite .. those little steamed eatables called Dim Sum- You think its healthy because its steamed. But Dim Sum is primarily made of maida (refined flour), which causes your blood sugar to spike (watch out diabetics) and promotes fat storage. For starters, go for stuff that’s stir fried, chicken satay, flavored veggies, or a clear soup with veggies and/or meat in it. Or you can skip the starters and go for the main course.

The main course is like a mine field of bad health bombs. Stir Fried dishes are good, since they are relatively low on sodium, are cooked fast and in lesser oil (since its not deep fried). Stay away from that Manchurian. First its wrapped in maida (refined flour), then its deep fried. Then its soaked in a high sodium sauce. Is there a better way to spell HEALTH D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R. Basically, stay away from anything that’s served as dough wrapped balls in sauce. All sauces, from Black Bean to Sweet and Sour are drowning in sodium. And some of them have loads of sugar added, like Sweet and Sour or Garlic.

For your starch options, there’s another mine field. The noodles are all made from refined flour and then they are soaked in oil and flavouring (including soy)- you know what that does, so stay away from it. The fried rice is a slightly better option, since its rice based, but again, lots of oil and soy, since rice soaks both of them fast! The best option is steamed rice. Besides, the relatively lower calories, it reduces your sodium intake. Also, it gives you a chance to really taste the flavour of the dishes. Try jasmine rice, it smells fantastic.

In dessert, I’m yet to find a true Chinese dessert. All the standard Indian versions of Chinese dessert are pretty unhealthy- darsaan (fried dough with sugar), sugar coated walnuts, fried ice-cream. Do I even need to get into why these aren’t good choices. Chinese joints aren’t known for their chocolate based delicacies. Stay off it, even its on the menu 🙂

Our advice, go for the fresh fruits for a light and a sweet finish. Don’t forget to get some of that green tea or jasmine tea. You know, green tea is good for you.

It takes some questioning the wait staff, to solve the health mystery of a new dish. But don’t be shy – eat this way while watching the Olympics and you’ll be 1 step closer to looking like Michael Phelps. Have you seen the 60 pack he’s got?

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Chinese Wood

Shortage of raw material resources to promote the structural adjustment

Shortage of timber resources restricted the pace of development of wood-based panel industry, due to the short term can not be achieved within a sufficient supply of raw materials, plywood companies compete for resources with each other, causing the overall upstream capital goods prices rise, leading to increased production costs and affect the economic interests of enterprises, thus causing the industry decline in overall efficiency, China’s wood-based panel industry entered the era of effective resource decisions.

In this regard, some experts at the meeting pointed out that the wood-based panels for the substitution effect of natural wood is 1:4, to make use of technical means to be able to build three branches residues, waste wood used in wood-based panel. The use of the characteristics of a continuous press and take technological measures of technology, material utilization can increase 10-15% or even higher, for the efficient use of resources is essential. Therefore, the high-tech, high-investment and large-scale enterprises are scattered in the advanced and backward integration of SMEs in the industry will be an inevitable trend.

Wood-based panel industry investment to accelerate the pace of adjustment

In the fast-growing market, the wood-based panel industry, domestic and foreign investment institutions have been in favor of capital, Guangdong Wei-hua, Kyrgyzstan elephant, Feng Lin, plywood and other large Asian companies through the introduction of capital, listing different ways to obtain funds for implementing the national distribution strategy.

Li Yu Tai Asia Group, said, when the listed companies and financial capital, industrial capital into the wood-based panel industry has begun to increase participation in industry consolidation, indicating the wealth of society began to focus on the industry. Therefore, the risk of the industry a greater impact on the degree of social distribution of wealth. This can be expected to speed up the industry structure adjustment will be possible.

How to wood-based panel adjustment of industrial structure?

“Corporate mergers and acquisitions, asset reorganization will be in 2008 and the” Eleventh Five-Year “period, China wood processing industry, a major feature.” QIAN Xiao-yu pointed out that the wood-based panel industry, In addition to product and scale structure need to be adjusted, the enterprises for the investment model and position have a clear understanding.

First, the acquisition of the wood-based panels restructuring existing poorly managed enterprises, the use of brand and financial strength, in similar products between enterprises, between the upstream and downstream supply chain, between the manufacturer and distributor of vertical or horizontal integration.

Second, the transport of raw materials within the allowable range radius to maximize the scientific allocation of resources, and ultimately the rationalization of production scale, enterprise management standardization, product quality and branding, to maximize economic benefits.

Third, the establishment of a world-class competitiveness of wood-based panel enterprise groups and taking a high technological content, good economic returns, low resources consumption, little environmental pollution, safety protection, human resource advantages into full play the path of development.

At the same time, QIAN Xiao-yu stressed that companies need to strive to promote the economic growth of the three changes to promote China’s wood-based panel industry, a comprehensive, healthy and sustainable development. First, we should mainly from the use of wood raw materials to the use of wood raw materials and wood waste, non-wood raw materials simultaneously change; Second, we must expand the scale of production from just a single development model to expand the scale of the compound simultaneously with the energy saving mode of development change, third, From the extensive operation to intensive management changes.

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Chinese New Year Food

Chinese New Year is one of the most important festival in China. Chinese New Year 2011 will be on February 3rd, 2011. Chinese New Year is also called Spring Festival in China. To most Chiense people, eating and drinking are the daily activity of New Year celebration. Chinese New Year Foods are very important to Chinese people. All family members come together to eat at this time. Chinese New Year foods are not only delicious but it is traditional to eat certain foods over this festival. Chinese Dumplings, Fish, Spring Rolls, Nian Gao are usually seen as delicious and eaten at this time.

1. Fish In Chinese, Fish sounds like “save more”. Chinese People always like save more money at the end of year because they think if they save more, they can make more in the next year.

2. Chinese Dumplings With a long history of more than 1,800 years, dumplings are a traditional food widely popular in China, especially in North China such as in Zhengzhou, Chengde, Dalian, Harbin, etc. Dumplings generally consist of minced meat and finely-chopped vegetables wrapped into a thin and elastic piece of dough skin. Popular fillings are mince pork, diced shrimp, fish, ground chicken, beef, and vegetables. They can be cooked by boiling, steaming, frying or baking. Dumplings are the symbol of Chinese food, and a traditional dish eaten on Chinese New Year’s Eve. Chinese Dumplings look like silver ingots. Legend has it that the more dumplings you eat during New Year celebration, more money you can make in the New Year. Almost all Chinese people can make dumplings, first mix the dough, second make the dough into wrappers by a rolling pin, third fill the wrappers with pork, beef, vegetable, fish or anything else can be used as stuffing.

3. Spring Roll Spring rolls are a Cantonese dim sum dish of cylindrical shape. The filling of spring rolls could be vegetables or meat, and the taste could be either sweet or savory. After fillings are wrapped in spring roll wrappers, the next step is frying. Then the spring rolls are given their golden yellow color. It is a dish especially popular in Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Fujian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, etc. They get their name because they are traditionally eaten during Chinese New Year Celebration.

4. Nian Gao In Chinese, Nian Gao sounds like “getting higher year by year”. In Chinese people’s mind, the higher you are, the more prosperous your business is. Main ingredients of Nian Gao are sticky rice, sugar, Chestnuts, Chinese date and lotus leaves.

Above are the major food that most Chinese eat during the Chinese New Year. China is a big country. There are some differences betweent the north and the south. Chinese in south China eat chicken, duck, pork, beef, fish as their New Year food too.



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Chinese Food Nutrition

The phrase is a testament to the popularity of Chinese food around the world. Food is an important part of daily life for Chinese people. Chinese not only enjoy eating but believe eating good food can bring harmony and closeness to the family and relationships. 
Shopping daily for fresh food is essential for all Chinese cooking. Unlike the fast food society of the U.S., the Chinese select live seafood, fresh meats and seasonal fruits and vegetables from the local market to ensure freshness. This means swimming fish, snappy crabs, and squawking chickens. Even prepared foods such as dim sum or BBQ duck for to go orders must gleam, glisten, and steam as if just taken out of the oven. Chinese people in general are not as concerned about nutrition as Western culture. They are more concerned with the food’s texture, flavor, color, and aroma. These are the crucial points for good Chinese cooking.

Chinese daily meals consist of four food groups: grains, vegetables, fruit, and meat. Because of lactose intolerance, Chinese do not consume large amounts of dairy products. Instead, Chinese substitute these with soymilk and tofu, which also contain large amounts of protein and calcium. Vegetables, fruits, and meats are usually fresh. Some exceptions include preserved vegetables such as snow cabbage or mustard greens, preserved eggs, aka “thousand year old eggs” or salted and dried fish. Other exceptions include snack items such as beef jerky, cuttlefish jerky, sweet and sour preserved plums, or dehydrated mango slices. Canned or frozen foods are seldom eaten. Western desserts such as cookies, cakes, pies, and ice cream are eaten only on special occasions such as birthdays and weddings. After dinner, families usually eat seasonal fruit as dessert. Chinese desserts such as red bean soup, sweet white lotus’s seed soup, or steam papaya soup are served every so often as a special treat on a hot summer’s night. Ethnic Chinese cooking does not involve a lot of deep fried cooking. The reason most of the Chinese restaurants in America have deep-fried dishes such as sweet and sour pork, almond fried Chicken, and deep-fried shrimp is to promote business and to please western tastes. This clearly reflects why there are more overweight and high blood pressure concerns in Western culture than there are in Chinese culture. “Yi xing bu xing” .

Chinese hardly waste any section of the animal and have found ways to cook nearly every part. Chinese culture believes that “yi xing bu xing,” which means by using any shape or part of the animal the same part of the human body can be replenished and strengthened. For example, shark fin soup and bird nest soup (bird’s saliva) is served to replenish strength and increase appetite, crocodile meat strengthens the bronchia, dehydrated tiger testicle increases stamina for men, while monkey brains add wisdom. These foods are considered to be delicacies and tonics. Shark fin soup or bird nest soup is often served at special occasions such as at a Chinese banquet dinner. Other items are rarely prepared.

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Calgary Chinese Restaurants

The Silver Dragon is the best of the Calgary Chinese Restaurants.

When you have the craving for authentic Chinese food or if you want to stay with the tried and true western Chinese classics, you really have to try out the menu at Silver Dragon. This wonderful dining establishment, this year’s winner of the Consumers Choice Award for best of the Calgary Chinese restaurants, is somewhat of a legend in the city but it is a restaurant that lives up to its reputation.

The Silver Dragon has been in Calgary for over 40 years and the chef/owner takes great pride in ensuring that every dish out of the kitchen is top quality. While the restaurant has an amazing number of menu items, over 150, you really won’t be disappointed no matter what you select. Known for their Ginger Beef as well as the outstanding Dim Sum menu options, there is something for everyone on the menu. While beef, pork, chicken and duck dishes are available there are also vegetarian platters and noodles. Unlike some of the more western style Calgary Chinese restaurants the menu at the Silver Dragon offers a good variety of steamed dishes as well as deep fried options. During Dim Sum the carts move through the tables on a regular basis, allowing patrons to sample traditional dishes as well as some very exotic specialties for those that are more adventurous. The staff is friendly and prompt with getting food to the tables and they are always happy to explain the dishes and make recommendations. The layout of the restaurant is open and inviting, perfect for small intimate dinners or larger corporate or family gatherings. Winning the Consumers Choice Award for best of the Calgary Chinese Restaurants is a great way for the community to recognize this long standing favorite eatery.

To win a Consumers Choice Award in any category the business must first be placed on the survey and then voted on by the majority of consumers in the area. The survey and voting is monitored by a third party research company with the winning company or business receiving notification of the award once the vote counting is complete. Operating since 1986 in both the United States and Canada the Consumers Choice Awards are unique in many aspects and are a great way for consumers to reward a business, like Silver Dragon, for outstanding service. Since the category of Calgary Chinese restaurants is highly competitive, this is an outstanding achievement for the entire staff.

A big thanks goes out to the Consumers Choice Award for highlighting the Silver Dragon as this year’s winner in the category of best Calgary Chinese restaurants. With a full menu including traditional and western Chinese dishes, Dim Sum, and specialty dishes prepared to order you won’t be disappointed with your visit to the Silver Dragon. Their phone number is 403-264-5326 and the restaurant is located at 205 Riverfront Ave. SW, Unit 803, Calgary, Alberta.

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