So as you might’ve expected already, being a Hungry Asian Girl and indulging in restaurant meals on a relatively frequent basis can get pretty demanding on one’s metabolism. A couple of months ago, following a disastrous sequence of holiday-related (and birthday-related…and Chinese New Year-related…) calorie explosions, I realized that my indulgence in the perpetual munchies meant that I was fast becoming a Very Chubby Asian Girl and decided – and I know this is shocking – to stop eating carbohydrates.
It’s hard to describe my love affair with carby, starchy foodstuffs. As far as I’m concerned, there isn’t (and never will be) anything quite as satisfying as really good pasta bolognese, or creamy risotto, or pho with rare beef, or curry rendang with rice, or potatoes dauphinoise or…er, anyways. Miraculously, however, I’ve managed to keep my carbs to a relative* minimum for the past couple of months, which at least means I now fit into my favorite skinny jeans again, thus giving me enough hipster cred to be allowed entrance once more to a number of restaurants and bars in the downtown Los Angeles area. Or maybe that’s just my fake ironic moustache talking.
In any case, here are a couple of low-carb options that have become my new (sort of) BFFs that are hopefully amusing, if not helpful, for other delusional individuals out there looking to maybe do the same thing.
- Eggs, though I will admit to having eaten more yolks than I should. I do love a good egg’s Benedict, even without the English muffin
- ThinkThin Bars. Despite the tragically amusing name, these are also gluten-free for those with what must be one of the worst and most cruel allergy conditions known to man. The Brownie Crunch one is where it’s at.
- “Creative” salad options and combinations. For instance, I have renewed my love for beets, which can’t be very exciting for many other people but is pretty funny for me given the number of “beet and goat’s cheese salads” that seem to have worked their way onto generic hotel set menus lately.
- Rediscovering that being a carnivore is awesome. Self-explanatory, but one thing to note is that since going low/no carb, I seem to have noticed that my penchant for red (and I mean red) meat has increased. I’ll have that steak as rare as possible, please.
Next time, the Hungry Asian Girl discusses her New York City restaurant plan of attack and completely abandons the above resolve. Stay tuned.