Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019 2:00p -
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 11:00p
Sumiao Hunan Kitchen
270 Third Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Food, Social Good
In recognition of National Diabetes Awareness Month, which takes place annually in November, Sumiao Hunan Kitchen, the popular Chinese restaurant in Cambridge, has announced a new Diabetes Friendly Menu that consists of delicious, health-conscious options. Owned by Sumiao Chen, a former scientific researcher who worked for years on diabetes projects, the Kendall Square hotspot has always featured dishes that keep health top of mind.
Last year, Sumiao Hunan Kitchen teamed up with Joslin Diabetes Center’s Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI) to help bring attention to the impact diabetes has on millions of Asian Americans, and this year the restaurant is doing the same, donating 10 percent of its proceeds from the sale of all brown and black rice dishes to AADI through the month of November. Both black and brown rice are high in fiber, which helps in the slow release of glucose in the blood, preventing any sudden spikes in blood sugar levels. Pair brown ($2) or black ($3) rice side dishes with some of your favorite diabetes-conscious meals like Beef and Broccoli, made with ginger, garlic and oyster sauce ($18); Hunan Steak Tips, featuring white beech mushrooms, serrano peppers, black pepper and honey ($28); Homemade Chicken Wok, prepared with shiitake mushrooms, scallions, ginger, garlic, duo jiao, banana peppers and sriracha hot chili suace ($16); or a classic like Chinese Broccoli, made with ginger, garlic and oyster sauce ($15).
Fish is also a great option for those with diabetes. It’s high in protein, contains good fats, and features important vitamins and minerals. Sumiao Hunan Kitchen has plenty of fish options, like the Lava Fish, made from a swai fliet and topped with a Hunan delicacy, duo jiao ($24); or The Yellow River Fish, which is a swai filet with white beech mushrooms, pickled cabbage, green peppers, and banana peppers ($26). The Pan-Seared Yellow Croaker, prepared with ginger, garlic, long hot peppers and seasoned black soybean sauce ($18), or the Scallion or Duo Jiao Steamed Tilapia, with fresh tilapia and seasoned soy sauce ($36), are both great selections as well. Still sticking with seafood, you can’t go wrong with the Sizzling Calamari, made with chives, dried chili, garlic, ginger, and cumin ($22); the Kung Pao Shrimp, made with peanuts, green and red peppers, and dried chili pepper ($20) or the Pan-Seared Egg Tofu, made with Japanese egg tofu, shrimp, peas and carrots ($18).
Research has shown that eating vegetarian options can help people better manage their diabetes by improving blood sugar control and making their bodies more responsive to insulin, which is why Sumiao Hunan Kitchen has five different vegetarian options on its new Diabetes Friendly Menu. The Shaoshan Cabbage, with garlic, dried chili, and aged vinegar ($15); the String Bean with Eggplant, made with dried chili, garlic, and seasoned soy sauce ($16); the Chinese Cabbage Pot, prepared with dried chili, garlic and XO sauce ($15); the Stir-Fry Okra with Oyster Sauce, which includes garlic, chili pepper, and seasoned soy sauce ($18); or the Sizzling Basil Flavored Eggplant with basil, green pepper, garlic, ginger, and chili soy sauce ($18) are all great vegetarian options.
Open daily for both lunch and dinner, Sumiao Hunan Kitchen is located at 270 Third Street in Cambridge’s Kendall Square neighborhood.