6 Things You Should Never Order From A Chinese Restaurant

6 Things You Should Never Order From A Chinese Restaurant


Not all Chinese restaurants are created equal. In some restaurants, the food on your plate
may be indistinguishable from what you’d find in Beijing, but more likely, the food
you awkwardly stab at with chopsticks may as well be fast food, and have all the health
benefits to match. So next time you decide to just order out,
remember these things you should never order from a Chinese restaurant. (giggling) General Tso’s chicken Named after a 19th-century military man who
was long dead when this dish was invented, General Tso’s Chicken started out life in
the Hunanese style, and it wasn’t sweet. When the dish appeared on the menu at a restaurant
in New York, the chef added sweetness to make the dish more appealing to Americans. It’s not like General Tso’s Chicken was
a diet option to begin with, since it’s battered, fried meat covered in a sticky-sweet
concoction made of sugar and soy sauce. That means salt, and lots of it. Eat a standard portion of General Tso’s, and
you’ve put away over 1500 calories, and more salt than you should eat in a whole day. Unless you’re a 19th-century fighting soldier,
don’t eat it. And if you are, welcome to the 21st century. Sorry about the mess. “Isn’t that wonderful?” “Yeah!” Fried rice White rice has the lowest nutritional value
of any rice option available, so when you throw it in a pan of oil, things just go downhill. The oily, starchy, undeniably delicious results
are an unnecessary calorie addition to your meal. And when you’ve just eaten 1500 calories of
General Tso’s favorite, the last thing you need is several hundred more on the side. Calorie counts vary depending on the oil used,
but start at around 200 calories for just a cup-sized portion, which isn’t much. And if the chef isn’t deliberately aiming
for health consciousness when he rustles up your order, the calorie count, and your doctor’s
eyebrows, could easily get much higher. Crab rangoon Whether you call them “cream cheese wontons,”
or “crab puffs”, crab rangoon is basically crab and cream cheese, stuffed into a dough
wrapper, and like most other things on this list, are deep fried. Truth be told, it doesn’t even matter what’s
in the dough once it’s deep fried, because that’s the culinary equivalent of a mic drop
— and not in a good way either. Crab meat, imitation or not, can make for
a healthy meal, but cream cheese has never been considered the poster child of anything
but indulgence…and it’s definitely not Chinese. This unholy marriage is a Chinese-American
invention that’s laden with calories and fat. Instead, go for the spring rolls. If you’re going to overindulge, you might
as well do it with something that’s actually Chinese. They’ll still kill you, but at least it’ll
be an authentic death. Orange beef The beefier cousin of General Tso’s chicken,
orange beef is similarly bad for you, and it’s not hard to understand why. Most nutritional data assumes that a takeout
container has two servings, but it’s not uncommon for people to order a container just for themselves,
so all those numbers should probably be doubled. Orange beef is somewhere in the neighborhood
of a frightening 1200 calories, 50 grams of fat, and 1900 milligrams of sodium. If you can hold yourself to just half the
container, and absolutely nothing else, you’re probably doing all right. However, if you’re a normal human being who
simply can’t resist the siren song of that free egg roll, you might avoid going over
your recommended calorie limit for the whole day… but probably not. And don’t think that trading out chicken
for beef will help. The secret is in the sauce, and that sauce
will kill you. Barbecue spare ribs Combine delicious, tender, roasted pork with
a mouthwatering glaze of salty sweet barbecue sauce, and you have a dish fit for your inner
Neanderthal. Unfortunately, just because something sounds
good to your personal Flintstone doesn’t mean it’s good for you. The only positive thing that can be said about
spare ribs, other than the taste, is that they’re a good source of protein. However, that protein comes from pork, which
rarely goes anywhere without a whole bunch of fat, and you’ll find around 950 calories
in an 8-ounce serving, as well as 1,200 milligrams of sodium, which is dangerously close to your
daily recommended amount of 1,500 milligrams. And if that weren’t enough, here’s one
last nail in the coffin of your deadly dinner. Lo mein Noodles would never lie to you, right? Lo mein is a popular takeout dish that contains
noodles, vegetables, meat, and a soy-based sauce. In the traditional Cantonese style, lo mein
is a solid option, but order it in an American restaurant and you’ll get something completely
different. A standard serving of lo mein with your choice
of meat can have as many as 1,100 calories, most of which come from the carb-heavy noodles
and fat. You’ll just have to accept that obesity and
heart disease are also a signature element of lo mein… or just eat something else. “Woohoo! Look at that blubber fly!” Thanks for watching! Click the Mashed icon to subscribe to our
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100 Replies to “6 Things You Should Never Order From A Chinese Restaurant

  1. So the whole freaking video ignores the simplest reason to never order those things from A (A = Americanised) Chinese restaurant: THEY TASTE SO DAMN BLOODY HORRENDOUS! I'll take 1200 tasty calories any meal, any day.

  2. Dang It Dang Dang everything you named is what I eat you just ruined my Chinese experience for me just kidding

  3. The main culprit is the serving size! It's impossible to sit down and order a meal for one. I ordered chicken with rice, and the chicken came piling full in a dinner plate! That's more than enough for 3 meals! And the restaurant seems to encourage you to take away anyway, with takeaway packs.

    This is incredibly stupid – why can't the restaurant just make them in smaller portions and charge less? I suppose in the US, everyone is used to "supersize" being normal.

  4. generally, chinese food is not healthy, nor here not there on china, but they eat the healthy version, they sell us/you what they do cus they say that that is what people like, that taste and flavor
    chinese is lots of salt, sugar and sugar if you add the inevitable soda

  5. Not eating all day and watching this is not a good recipe…..pun intended. Anybody else’s mouth water? Lol 😂

  6. lol i don't eat any of those things except for fried rice lmao I'm so weird 😂

    literally 50% of comments i guess i can't eat anything lol

    me: go to dim sum and then look at the menu lol

  7. This is basically if you're eating it everyday. Everything in moderation and you won't die. Also, General Tso was never that good to me.

  8. I love going to Chinese restaurants. They are my favorite type of food and restaurant. I usually eat Sweet and Sour chicken, rangoons, their noodles, and their orange and red chicken every now and then. They are my all time favorites.

  9. 2:34 those arent springrolls idiot if you think those are springrolls then noone can trust you also if we can what do we eat? Air? Ok.

  10. If you google general tso's chicken, you will find that it is SERVED IN NORTH AMERICAN CHINESE RESTAURANTS that's not even real Chinese food

  11. I went to a Chinese restaurant once and I asked my waiter what the Chinese characters meant outside the restaurant and he said "If you only knew what we put in your food Yankee you would scream in the night"

  12. Well who the f care about diet when they come to Chinese restaurants or others? We order those because we dont eat them everyday, please dont ruin someone's fun. I thought this video tell whats deadly,poisonous or like extremely dangerous foods, but this is just how many cal you eat. Not really that un healthy if you eat it once a month or 2 month

  13. Actually all the fat usually isn't the issue (except for adding massive calories, of course – so keep that in mind), but those insane sodium levels are… well… insane.

  14. Pfft! Carbs, calories. If you keep thinking like that nothing will be fit for consumption. How about instead of counting calories, you go exercise and don't eat like a labourer when you're actually a salaryman? If you have a problem losing weight despite exercising, then there's something wrong with your metabolism. Eat more metabolism inducing foods instead of being picky eater like birds. Even birds don't count calories, they poop out anything they don't use. Don't torture yourself with this nonsense.

  15. The thought of dieting is never involved with going to a chinese restaurant. With that being said, onward. What makes a visit to the chinese restaurant are two things. The first thing is you will usually get an unacceptable amount of MSG and the second is levels of salt you get in the food. This is why after indulging there, you are later so thirsty after eating there. So forget dieting when you eat chinese food. Avoid salt consumption for a few days prior and after going there, is my only advice, because I really love this Americanized chinese food. I'm sure that most Americans would never eat real authentic chinese food, or even recognize it.

  16. To be fair, fried rice is almost always better in a Japanese hibachi restaurant than a Chinese one anyway. Also..

    0:38 – Really?! Not all Americans like their food to be sweet. That chef was probably a racist.

  17. And yet another fretting about calories video. NEVER? Calories are not a poison that will kill you. As long as you are eating in moderation most of the time, you will be okay.

  18. What about the fruit and veggies? I laughed about halfway through the video only because of the puns. xd But that's awful.

  19. Ok, I really don't care, I'm still ordering these these items because when I order them, I know it's fattening. I simply don't care because it's not like I do it every damn day. I do Chinese like once or twice a month. I don't eat the whole portions either. Chinese food is for sharing anyway.

  20. Do you know what is more dangerous than eating Chinese Food? Telling me the health factors of eating Chinese Food! Fuck off Mashed and stick to your tofu!

  21. Video shows egg rolls instead of spring rolls, broccoli beef instead of orange beef, Stir-fry rice instead of fried rice, BBQ chicken and BBQ pork ribs instead of BBQ spare ribs (which are beef), ramen and chow mein instead of lo mein, and Kung Pao chicken instead of General Tso's chicken. WTF?

  22. Just because you can't afford to eat Chinese foods everyday. Might as well you stick to chemicals lace burgers and hotdogs

  23. okay, just move to china if you want real Chinese food, most of the stuff in Chinese restaurants in America aren't even authentic.

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