Easy, healthy Chinese food

“I try to show people a diversity of Chinese cuisine with a fusion element to it,” says Ching-He Huang, the host of Cooking Channel’s “Easy Chinese,” which airs Saturdays at 8:30 p.m.

Chinese food doesn’t have to be the greasy and sauce-laden dishes you’re used to ordering for takeout.
“Chinese food has so many different levels, and it can be very healthy,” says Ching-He Huang, the host of “Easy Chinese” on Cooking Channel. “Home cooking is always simple, healthy and fresh.”
Huang gave us some tips for lightening up traditional Eastern fare.

Don’t fry and douse your meat in sauce — marinate it instead: Huang’s five-spice marinade will give your dishes a flavorful punch. “It consists of star anise, citron pepper, fennel, cloves and cinnamon. Get some chicken and marinate it with five-spice, honey, light soy, and grate some garlic and ginger [before putting it] on the grill or on in the oven. You can garnish it with toasted sesame seeds.”

Make a soup: “I love to make really healthy, light soups that you can add to,” the chef says. “For dinner, you can have a vegetable-based stock with some water, add in some grated ginger and a handful of different kinds of mushrooms because they’re full of antioxidants and really healthy. Then chuck in greens, Chinese broccoli, spinach, or whatever you fancy, and some lean fish. Season it with a little bit of light soy, sesame oil, salt, ground white pepper and a little bit of rice wine. For me, that shows the epitome of a really good Chinese-based, easy, comforting dish that you can have at home. You can keep adding layers to it: You can add noodles, you can add 10 different kinds of vegetables if you want. You can keep it vegetarian, or you can wok-fry a little lean chicken that’s been pre-marinated with some five-spice and light soy.”

Try a salad: Though you might think of rice and noodles when you think of Chinese food, salads are “getting much more popular,” Huang says. She loves dressing hers with a grapefruit or lemon vinaigrette.

Her healthy at-home meal

A twist on egg rolls. “In the summertime, we get spring roll skin made of coconut oil and wheat flour. Put in some sliced-up egg omelet, bean sprouts, scallions, cilantro, tofu, then sprinkle peanuts with a bit of brown sugar, and roll it up and eat it. It’s the most refreshing thing.”
 
An assortment of  different vegetables.
 
A tofu dish. “Chilled tofu salad is the most delicious thing,” she says. “You get silken tofu, chop it up into cubes but still keep it as one block, put it in the fridge and chill it down. Then you make a dressing of light soy, vinegar, sesame oil and sesame seeds and dress it.”
 
A noodle dish. “A bit of stir-fried rice noodles is not overly bad.”
 
Protein. Huang likes chicken stir-fried with veggies.

Order up!

How to order healthily at a Chinese restaurant

1. Don’t order all fried foods. “That’s not Chinese food,” Huang says. “When Chinese people go out to eat, they’ll have a steamed dish, some vegetables and a few meat dishes so everything is balanced.”

2. Ask for Yi mien. “Most of the restaurants here are Cantonese, so they’ll have a dish called Yi mien. It’s basically brazed noodles — noodles cooked in a soup stock. It’s really light and it’s healthy.” Huang recommends the crab variety.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Monday is the deadline to register for Pennsylvania…

If residents want to vote in the May primary, which includes a vote for a new City Council member, today is the deadline to register.

National

Miss America thinks school should reconsider discipline of…

A Pa. student was suspended for asking Miss America to prom.

Local

Aria Health Torresdale workers caught selling prescription drugs

Two Aria Health at Torresdale employees were fired amid accusations they sold prescription drugs out of the Northeast Philadelphia campus.

National

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter died Sunday from prostate cancer…

Former U.S. professional boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair trial,…

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

The Word

Miley Cyrus cancels more dates, tweeting from hospital

Miley Cyrus is reportedly so sick that she's had to postpone more tour dates. We know this because she has been sitting in a hospital…

NHL

Ray Emery steps up in Flyers’ Game 2…

Sure, he allowed two goals in the Rangers’ first four shots Sunday afternoon, but it’s about how you start, not how you finish.

NHL

Flyers come from behind, even series with Rangers

The Flyers overcame a two-goal deficit to get a much-needed win at Madison Square Garden Sunday.

MLB

Phillies get set for four against the Dodgers

The Phillies will face tough starting pitching out west against the Dodgers this week.

MLB

Phillies notebook: Cole Hamels returns this week

The Phillies should receive a big boost when Cole Hamels returns during the Dodgers series.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.