Have you ever eaten so much Chinese food, you got sick?

United States
November 14, 2010 2:28pm CST
Today, my daughter wanted a pizza but I was not in the mood for cheesy bread again. So we got Chinese (for the grown ups) and pizza for the kiddo. I haven't eaten Chinese food in a couple years. I had forgotten how salty and rich it can be and made the mistake of putting a slightly larger size portion on my plate. It was WAY too much. And, now I am feeling the effects of over indulgence in such spicy (hot salty) food. And, now I wish that I hadn't eaten at all. Have you ever eaten too much Chinese food? What's your favorite Chinese food?
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
14 Nov 10
Hubby and I just took my parents out to dinner are a Chinese restaurant Friday night and it wasn't salty at all. All four of us loved it however, this visit, for some reason left me feeling like I had some soap in my mouth. BLA! No matter what I did, I couldn't get rid of the taste. I brushed my teeth and tongue and rinsed my mouth out with mouthwash and STILL couldn't get rid of the taste. Finally, I gave up and went to bed. The next morning it was gone. Weird.
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• United States
14 Nov 10
Wow! That is terrible. I hope you complained to the restaurant. Not that you would complain to be a pain or anything. But, it really could have been soap on the dishes or utensils and the restaurant needs to be told about it so that they can change their ways and other patrons don't get sick. When I lived in South Carolina (briefly) there were a slew of people who got sick at the local Del Taco. One of the employees washed out the meat trays with full strength commercial quality soap and then only rinsed once or twice before putting food back into the tray. It's not supposed to be used full strength, only diluted like a tablespoon of soap per gallon of water. Those poor people got sick as dogs for days. It was all over the news. My heart really went out to them. Stomach ailments are the worst.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
14 Nov 10
Mom and I ate pretty much the same thing but she didn't get the soap taste like I did. What she didn't eat, dad did so I don't know where it came from
• United States
14 Nov 10
Most likely your senses are more acute and sensitive. I checked online and it turns out there there is a variety of Coriander or cilantro leaves also called Chinese parsley, cilantro (American) and it's often one of the ingredients in Chinese food. Some people describe having a soapy sensation or taste in their mouth after eating a dish that contains this ingredient. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coriander http://community.nytimes.com/comments/www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/dining/14curious.html?permid=86 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/10/16/earlyshow/saturday/main6963780.shtml Hope that information helps.
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@GardenGerty (90960)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Nov 10
I only eat Chinese at buffet type restaurants, and I always eat too much. I have been trying very hard to stay out of restaurants, in fact. I only eat about half as much as I used to but it is still really too much. I like spicy foods, and I like orange chicken, or lemon chicken, or General Tso's chicken. I have made a pretty good orange chicken here at home. I fix brown rice at home, as well.
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• United States
15 Nov 10
General Tso's chicken! That was the name of it. It slipped my mind. Then I didn't remember how to spell it. That's what we got today. At first, it was so delicious. And, if I'd stopped at four or five bites, it would have been alright. But, I took a couple too many more bites. The sauce was super sweet. I've never tasted sauce like that before. It was like having a plateful of dessert, only with friend chicken! Who could resist?
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@greenline (14865)
• Canada
14 Nov 10
I like Chinese food. There is a huge China Town in the city I am living in. And, there are many many excellent restaurants serving excellent delicious Chinese food. I go there almost every weekend for lunch or for dinner. All the preparations are very delicious. One item I do not like is the fried noodle. My favorite every time is wonton soup. Yummy , yummy !
• United States
15 Nov 10
Sounds very delicious! I wish our local Chinese restaurant took the same care in preparing their foods. The food tasted very greasy and way too salty and I questioned the freshness of the rice. It's rice, for goodness sake! How hard could it be to make it up fresh at least once daily. The stuff takes under fifteen minutes to cook from scratch, start to finish.
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• Australia
14 Nov 10
Unfortunately I can't say that it has ever made me sick as I love Chinese food...I could live off it - that's how much I love it. I can tell you however that my favourite dishes are Beef & black bean, fried rice (I wish I could make it authentic), sweet & sour pork & honey chicken.
• United States
15 Nov 10
I love the stuff too. Just ate a bit too much this time. I should write an article about how not to over indulge, though I'm no expert at it. I'm the Queen of over indulgence, at least sometimes. Usually, I just have to limit myself to none of something so that it doesn't get out of hand. P.S. Sorry I took so long to get back to your comment. Had to go help move my daughter's computer to the living room.
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• Australia
15 Nov 10
Maybe we could brain storm to come up with ideas for the article - over indulgence vs not indulging too much lol...that's cool that you took a bit to get back to me...we do have lives outside of the internet but like I said in a different discussion, I have missed you.
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• United States
16 Nov 10
You're so sweet for saying so! I missed you too. Like I said before in the other discussion, I really loved your Bukisa articles. Be sure to let me know when you publish more. You can send me a private message here on Mylot if you want and I will check them out.
@AmbiePam (46151)
• United States
15 Nov 10
I do love Chinese food although I haven't had it in a while. I really like crab rangoons. Oh yum. Just thinking about Chinese food has me craving it. Unfortunately, I'm eating strictly gluten free food now. And anything that has any kind of bread like substance in the dish is off limits to me. And that includes crab rangoons.
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• United States
15 Nov 10
Awww! Well you're being braver about the whole healthy food thing than I could ever be. For three whole months, I ate vegetarian and dropped twenty pounds. I lost so much weight, my clothes were literally falling off of me half the time. I was constantly having to tighten my belt. I'm seriously thinking about going back to that lifestyle. Much healthier. Vegetarians and vegans live longer anyway. Or, so I've heard. Hopefully that is true. Besides, it would give me a chance to eat more fruits, which I love anyway.
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• United States
14 Nov 10
Eating Chinese food is less common for me nowadays, since my family is centered around eating healthy foods. There used to be a time, when we ate Chinese food every weekend. I've had several times when my portions were a bit to large, and I got sick from it. Feelings of drowsiness, fatigue and too much sleep were the side effects of eating Chinese food. The salt and fat levels are condensed together in the Lomein, Pork Fried Rice, and Wanton Soup dishes I usually buy. For this reason, I only shop at Chinese food stores that sell food with lesser salt and fat ratios.
• United States
15 Nov 10
Yes! The salt and fat content of Chinese food is way too high. I'm not usually a fan of the food and haven't eaten any for a long time. Just had a craving for it today. Or, so I thought.
@dodo19 (28082)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
14 Nov 10
Luckily for me, I've never eaten it and gotten sick of it, or simply gotten sick from it. It's never gotten to that point or anything like that.
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• United States
14 Nov 10
I'm happy to hear that! I don't consume Chinese food too often. Now I remember why! It's just too spicy for my very mundane bland taste buds.
@simonelee (2721)
• China
15 Nov 10
Yes. It was not in the plan to eat in Chinese restaurant but i insisted since i haven't eaten any Chinese food for a month. I ordered fried rice with dimsum on it and pour a little soy sauce to make it more tasty which i was not allowed by my physician. After i consumed it i feel nauseated and wanted to vomit. I think monosodium glutamate is the reason why i feel sick after ingesting that food. I still love Chinese food though!
@zandi458 (27954)
• Malaysia
15 Nov 10
I eat and cook chinese food daily but I don't add food enhancer to my cooking. I like to eat spicy foods as it is what we normally get most in our multi racial country. When I went to Australia, I had stomach upset eating the western foods served in the restaurants. Chinese food there is so costly so there is no better choice. Maybe it was the sudden change of food ingredients that caused the upset. For chinese food, I like eating their chow mein or fried noodles with seafood.
• United States
16 Nov 10
Yes, I think it was the sudden change in diet, from eating Western style food to the Chinese style with more rice and vegetables. I would prefer to eat more healthy Chinese food with lower fat and sodium, if possible. I think that authentic Chinese food would have less of the bad things and be more natural. I should try to learn to cook Chinese meals at home so that I can use fresh ingredients and enjoy lower sodium in my diet.
@mimiang (3779)
• Philippines
15 Nov 10
There are times when I have headache after eating the chinese foods.Perhaps there are something on them
• United States
15 Nov 10
Sounds like an MSG sensitivity! Try eating Chinese food without added MSG and see if a headache still occurs :-)
• United States
14 Nov 10
I like pork fried rice with chicken wings. I like egg foo young with pork fried rice. I don't get sick because I never over it.
• United States
14 Nov 10
I haven't eaten Chinese food in such a long time. I had forgotten that rice swells in the stomach. A plate of rice, with a smattering of veggies and chicken is not the thing you want to start the day off with. I skipped breakfast. Should have known better than to do that.
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@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
17 Nov 10
not really. I did get sick once but not due to over indulgence. I have a favorite noodle dish I can't remember the name but it's really nice with shrimp and vegggies
@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
16 Nov 10
Yes I have. I think it is possible with just about any food. I go long periods where I don't go ut for Chinese, then when I do, bang! I overdo. I am always sorry after, but during..YUMMY. try a few Tums. It works for me.
• United States
15 Nov 10
Yup. Everytime i eat chinese i ALWAYS eat too much and feel sick. My favorite is sesame chicken on top of a mix of white rice and fried rice. My first plate is always loaded to the max because my eyes are always bigger than my stomach and before i know it ive eaten a couple plates and bam, i cant eat anymore because im so full. Its just something about chinese food that is so good but will almost always get you sick if you eat too much at one time.
• United States
15 Nov 10
chinese food is my favorit food. even though i eat it offten, sometimes when i go a long time without eating it, when i do i always over do it. so i try to balance what i eat and how offten i eat chinese food so i don't get sick on it. the only bad thing about chinese food is in a few hours your houngry again, cause they use a lot of fillers insted of real food.
@shaggin (26755)
• United States
15 Nov 10
I love chinese food. I dont eat meat so I eat whatever else that is vegetarian at a chinese resturant. I prefer buffets but the problem is that I over eat. I literally walk out of there with such pains in my stomach and barely able to walk lol. I am so full it is crazy. I dont know if its just because I love the food so much or that I want to make sure I get what I paid for but no matter how many times I go to a buffet that is what I do.