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Dining-out horror stories

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 08, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Now normally I wouldn't touch Chinese food with a bargepole. However, in the name of workplace/social politeness, today, with some collegaues I visisted the dreaded AYCE (all-you-can-eat) Chinese buffet round the corner.

I grabbed a plate, and walked around the displays of food looking as lost and forlorn as a african tribesman suddenly transposed into the middle of the a busy tube station.

... What the heck can you eat in these places that is even remotely paleo!?

I settled for salad, fried broccoli and courgettes (I tried not to think what they were fried in), celery sticks, and black-bean-chicken - chicken being the only meat I don't have to fret about over its fat profile since it may be battery farmed, but at least its lean!

Whats everyone else's experience? What did you have to settle for? Did you throw caution to the wind and have an off-day, or did you sit miserably chewing your food feeling more guilty and wretched by the minute?

Stories welcome^^

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on December 08, 2011
at 06:35 PM

I think most of the replier's thought your question was to find advice about Chinese buffets. I would like to hear some answers about Dining out horror stories too!

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:43 PM

My mom and dad are used to my various scruples lol :)

082bf04a7486991c5e573a66f1404b3e

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:41 PM

Baked salmon! You must be referring to a higher-class establishment, sir. Mine was next to a kebab shop! :(

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:33 PM

@heavyarms such daring! You must have been very comfortable in that company. I'm not sure my group of old-lady friends would survive if I did that. :-))

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:31 PM

I've been known to was ranch dressing off a steak before using my side plate and sacrificing some of my drinking water! XD

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:30 PM

I skip the soup, but otherwise this is usually what I look for, too.

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:24 PM

+1 for very funny image of you trying to casually wash your chicken! I wonder if tonight's buffet will have a drinking fountain available? tee hee

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:14 PM

I'm afraid I had to eat a bit of goopy-sauce. I think washing my chicken before I ate it would have been a bit too weird for my workmates (who already think I'm fairly weird)

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:03 PM

The Chinese buffets around here have crab legs (which you have to fight for), and prime rib. Some have decent sushi if you're ok with rice. Otherwise, I look for proteins and veggies without goopy sauces.

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:28 PM

First, ask them what doesn't have MSG.

Here's what I do - but not all buffets offer these options...

Egg drop soup (it does have some corn starch) or Won Ton soup (broth only)
Chicken on a stick
Sushi & California rolls
Hibachi or Mongolian grill (choose veggies/meat and they grill it)
KimChee
Baked Salmon

082bf04a7486991c5e573a66f1404b3e

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:41 PM

Baked salmon! You must be referring to a higher-class establishment, sir. Mine was next to a kebab shop! :(

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:30 PM

I skip the soup, but otherwise this is usually what I look for, too.

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on December 08, 2011
at 06:37 PM

My son loves our chinese buffet here in town. Just because they have that waving cat....Happy Cat!!! Happy Cat!!! Happy Cat!!!!

I usually get a plate full of Stick Chicken, Have whatever steamed Veggies are available, Maybe a sushi roll or two. Ours usually has steamed shrimp as well. I dont have a gluten issue so I dont worry about it too much.

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on December 08, 2011
at 06:00 PM

I usually go for moo goo gai pan. It seems to be the least offensive. No heavy sauce or breading.

From wiki: Moo goo gai pan is usually a simple stir-fried dish consisting of sliced or cubed chicken with white button mushrooms and other vegetables. Popular vegetable additions include snow peas, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and Chinese cabbage. Moo goo gai pan is different from other Chinese take-out chicken dishes in that it eschews the traditional soy sauce-based "brown sauce"[citation needed] in favor of a light chicken broth–based sauce.

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:44 PM

Last IT job I worked, my co-workers liked this Chinese place a lot and we'd go there for lunch some Fridays. It quickly became clear to me that this place used crap ingredients. I tried to make the best of it and asked for just steamed meat and vegetables with no sauce. Ugh. It was almost worse because you could see the naked grey mealy meat in all its disgusting glory. Luckily for me, the only other woman in our department started complaining about how the place gave her a stomachache, which gave me an excuse to also complain the same and we started going to other slightly-better places for departmental lunch.

The general rule for me is that fried anything is always the worst choice. Tons of oil + gluten = poison. The second worse things are the sauces, which often are some combo of MSG + cornstarch/flour + oil.

It can never hurt to ask the server if they can do something steamed for you. So many people have food allergies these days that they are usually used to such requests.

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:43 PM

You can always ask if they have steamed chicken and veggies if you're allergic/sensitive to gluten. Some places will be accommodating. (I often find plain steamed stuff on the "weight loss"/"lite" menus.) I bring my own GF tamari packets. Not ideal, but saves the reactions if you can't touch gluten or soy. (Also avoids a lot of the industrial seed oils often used in the frying process.) Even if it's not out in the trays, sometimes they'll give you a bit of a break for allergies, etc.

I do end up with white rice, though. I don't worry about it because it's usually just steamed anyway.

{shudder} It's been ages since I went to a buffet like that, mostly because of the gluten issues. Good luck!

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:37 PM

My kids love our local one, so I have to go sometimes to keep the family happy... A weight-loss blogging friend of mine always says..."The most important thing about an all you can eat buffet is..don't eat all you can eat".

Apart from that, I always stick to loads of starters (hot and sour soup, seaweed, duck pancakes - yes I do give in to 1 or 2 pancakes but they are very small and I overload them with duck and veggies as much as I can, spare ribs, crab claws, satay chicken). Then I go back again for more of the same. Best strategy is then stop...but if I do have mains I just have veggies and more meat...my one does a great teriyaki salmon and lemon chicken where the sauces are manageable or avoidable.

And also Green Tea to wash it all down with...fills you up too if you drink enough of it. at least until you are out of the place and have access to proper food again!

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:06 PM

Eep! Going into one of those is a scary thought to me.

Even when I didn't know that many of my health problems stemmed from food I could feel reactions to all the stuff that's added at those places. I've been in plenty that didn't have salads or veggies without sauce.

I'd be tempted to just sit and gab, taking a small plate but mostly ignoring it. I could eat a few bites of rice, of course, and maybe a broccoli spear or two if it was relatively free of goopy sauce.

I know how you felt, too. I've agreed to go to a buffet tonight and at least I know there'll be a salad bar but I don't know what else I'll dare eat.

082bf04a7486991c5e573a66f1404b3e

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:31 PM

I've been known to was ranch dressing off a steak before using my side plate and sacrificing some of my drinking water! XD

082bf04a7486991c5e573a66f1404b3e

(813)

on December 08, 2011
at 04:14 PM

I'm afraid I had to eat a bit of goopy-sauce. I think washing my chicken before I ate it would have been a bit too weird for my workmates (who already think I'm fairly weird)

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 08, 2011
at 04:33 PM

@heavyarms such daring! You must have been very comfortable in that company. I'm not sure my group of old-lady friends would survive if I did that. :-))

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:24 PM

+1 for very funny image of you trying to casually wash your chicken! I wonder if tonight's buffet will have a drinking fountain available? tee hee

082bf04a7486991c5e573a66f1404b3e

(813)

on December 08, 2011
at 04:43 PM

My mom and dad are used to my various scruples lol :)

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