The average Chinese meal contains approximately 700 calories. However, the range of calories varies substantially. Healthier options contain 200 calories. Less healthy dishes, such as orange beef, contain upwards of 1,200 calories.
Fried rice is high in calories. Ordering white or brown rice can substantially reduce caloric intake. Vegetable or tofu dishes contain fewer calories than chicken, beef or pork.
Steamed dishes are lower in calories than battered or fried platters. They contain less oil and are more friendly to the waistline.
Additionally, sauces – especially thick sauces – can substantially increase the caloric content of a Chinese meal. It is best to ask for sauce to be served on the side.