What can I eat at a Chinese restaurant on a ketogenic diet?

By Dr. Stephen Phinney and the Virta Team

Check out our guide to Chinese food, which contains tips for navigating a menu and a variety of recipes you can make at home (including tea eggs, braised pork, hot and sour soup, mapo tofu, salted duck, bok choy and mushrooms, poached chicken, and stir-fried beef). There are many types of food within Chinese food and its regional cuisines.

Many sauces at a Chinese restaurant contain sugar. You can ask for steamed versions of some dishes and then add soy sauce, which fits within the guidelines of a well-formulated ketogenic diet. Particularly the steamed Asian broccoli or mustard are good choices. For protein, the roast pork, roast duck, and crispy-skin pork belly are good choices. For fat, you could bring a small bottle of olive oil from home and add a tablespoon or two to your vegetables.

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