How Many Calories in Oriental Beef?
Beef is beef, and whether you cook oriental beef or whether you prepare
it any other way, the calorie count varies according to what cut of
beef it is, and what the content is.
If you prepare your own recipe from the many available on
the internet, it is easy to figure out the calories. Many are given for
you. This one from McCormick, Oriental
Stir-Fry has 263 calories, but that doesn’t include
the rice that most people like to eat with Chinese food.
There are various low calories frozen meals that offer oriental beef
dishes for 200 - 300 calories.
For example, Lean Cuisine has 200 calories in its Oriental Beef
Stir-Fry, Stouffers Café Classics Oriental Beef has 210 calories and
Healthy Choice Oriental Style Beef has 300 calories.
Let’s break down the calories that we are really talking about if we
eat this dish in a Chinese Restaurant where it is harder to count
calories. For the argument’s sake we can ignore vegetables and
mushrooms, because those are generally low in calories and they vary by
chef and by restaurant. Here is a chart that shows how many calories
are in some common cuts of beef. You can see that the amount of
calories in beef, as well as the amount of fat, varies by cut. If you
are not sure what beef is used you should err on the conservative and
assume the highest calorie count.
Chinese chefs often use peanut oil rather than the healthier olive oil.
Also, bear in mind that oriental cooking is high in soy sauce. Soy
sauce has 15 calories in 1 tablespoon, but those 15 calories
are cram-packed with salt. 1 tablespoon of soy sauce will provide 25%
of required sodium in 15 tiny calories, so keep that in mind when you
are pouring on that great Chinese flavor! Chinese sauces are often
thickened with cornstarch, and finally they are usually served with
rice. So adding all this up we get:
Beef, 3.5 oz
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons of peanut oil
1 tablespoon of cornstarch 30
1 cup plain boiled or steamed rice 240
calories (plus vegetables + mushrooms)
That’s quite a bit more than you will find in the frozen oriental beef
entrees. If you throw in a glass of wine and an egg roll or some hot
and sour soup you will quickly be over the 1000 mark. The best way to
satisfy your appetite for oriental beef, get a meal that has a
reasonably sized portion and still keep the calorie count low, is
probably to make your own. You will get to control the ingredients from
the cut of meat to the oil used, pile on the vegetables, and regulate
the soy sauce.
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