Chinese food is sometimes unjustly thought of as one of the unhealthiest meals you can eat – but this all depends on what you choose to order!
In China, it is still quite rare to see an obese person on the streets, so obviously not all Chinese food is that bad for you. In fact, some of the more authentic dishes have some astonishing health benefits. Restaurants such as Royal China Club on Baker Street in London, pride themselves on offering more traditional dishes using authentic Chinese ingredients.
Here’s what to order for an (almost) guilt-free Chinese meal:
Black Bean Soya & Chilli Chicken Feet for: healthy skin
Eating chicken feet might not sound like the most appetising thing to most western people, but they are delicacy in China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Korea. Chicken feet contain a large amount of collagen (the ingredient usually found in Botox – a protein that acts as glue that holds our body together) and so are good for the complexion and helping to maintain younger looking skin. They are rich in calcium and protein without the carbohydrate, and even have other health benefits like improving the blood supply by strengthening the blood vessels, and assisting the body to metabolize fats. An unlikely superfood if we ever saw one!
King Prawn and Abalone Hot Pot with Glass Noodles for: overall health benefits
Abalone is an edible sea snail with a rich buttery and salty taste a bit like a calamari steak or a scallop. Also seen as a delicacy in China, experts believe the seafood may help prevent and treat debilitating health conditions including arthritis. Abalone is highly regarded in Asian cultures for its health benefits and is believed to promote healthy eyes, alleviate colds, reduce fluid retention and improve circulation.
Caterpillar Soup for: improving blood circulation
Diners at Royal China Club can experience the rare Chinese delicacy, Caterpillar Soup, which is priced from £388 for four people. The unusual name derives from the herb’s resemblance to a caterpillar. Its value is due to the herb being grown at high altitudes in China and the hand-picking process. The soup takes 4-8 hours to cook, and is also considered a herbal remedy. In Asia it is widely believed that it can help with blood circulation and is advantageous to lung and kidney function.
Green Tea for: digestion and weight loss benefits
Royal China Club has a selection of 18 different types of green tea to appeal to their regular Chinese customers, who recognise and enjoy the different varieties like fine wines. For centuries, green tea has been recognised in China for its role in a healthy lifestyle. In addition to green tea benefiting the digestive system, the polyphenols found in green tea have been shown to have cancer-fighting, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.
The Royal China Group consists of six of London’s most authentic and prestigious Chinese restaurants, including the luxurious and critically-acclaimed Royal China Club. Based in prime areas of London, the restaurants are centrally located on Baker Street, as well as in Bayswater, Fulham, Harrow-on-the-Hill and Canary Wharf.