Deep fried Chinese food is anything but low in calories. In fact, one crab rangoon, a Chinese food favorite, yields as many calories as a full serving of Egg Foo Young or Sweet and Sour Chicken.
One crab rangoon that has been prepared the traditional way offers anywhere between 200 and 400 calories per puff! That is a lot of calories, and not so filling. Most people order crab rangoons as appetizers from a Chinese food restaurant and eat three and four at a sitting. This means that in one round of crab rangoons, you may consume 1200 calories, and this is before the main entree even arrives on the table.
If you are trying to lose weight, cut back on your fat intake or just reduce your calorie consumption, crab rangoons should be avoided at all costs. However, preparing them at home and baking the rangoons, rather than deep fat frying them, can greatly reduce the calories.
Baking crab rangoons and using low fat stuffing ingredients can cut the calories in half or more. One baked crab rangoon is about 85 calories. That is a huge reduction simply by choosing to bake the rangoon rather than deep frying it. You will still succeed in getting the crunchy texture when you bake the rangoon, but will drastically reduce the calories and fat that you take in.