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What a great question, for unquestionably, Yao Ming, the now retired NBA Superstar from China, towering at over 7 feet tall, and seven-time all-star for the Houston Rockets must not only have a voracious appetite, but also with his vast wealth, be able to enjoy any food that he wanted. The Chinese Quest thought it would be a fascinating study to study what the great Yao Ming eats.
If anyone, aside from The Chinese Quest, knows Chinese food, it would have to be Yao Ming, don’t you think?
From an interview published in 2002 while an active player with the Houston Rockets:
Ming’s mom cooks for him three meals a day. So his diet is similar to what he had when he was in China.
Breakfast: Soft Rice and Bread.
When not on the road, Ming gets up about 8am. His breakfast is prepared by his mom, which usually consists of soft rice, bread, sweet muffins, and sometimes green vegetables. When on the road, Ming eat with his teammates. Usually, he will visit the local Chinese restaruants. If he cannot find any Chinese restaurant, he will settle for hambuger or pizza. Ming says he like simple food. Easy to fill up.
Lunch: Vegetables and Meat.
Usually, Ming goes home to eat lunch with his mom. It is the main meal of the day. Ming’s mom always cook good food for him. She is also careful about nutrition balance. Green vegetables, baby ribs, potato soups. Every it is different. Ming does not like baby ribs. But she keep insisting that it is good for his nutrition.
Dinner: Vegetables and Soup.
In China, Ming eats light for dinner. Here the dinner is simple too. Fried green vegetables and soups. Light for Ming when he is tired.
Mom’s meals are tasty. Ming likes it. Whenever he is in Houston, he always go home to eat.
Paraphrasing from his biography, “The Tao of Yao”:
Yao said that his favorite foods are pork chops, chicken soup, and anything that his mother cooks. However, when he dines out, he tries to eat a lot of Chinese food. And, when he’s on the road, he can’t eat his mother’s cooking because his interpreter can’t cook!
Yao Ming in another, umm, medium:
What chefs can create to tantalize your palate with their palette of Chinese foods, Red Hong Yi can do with her palette of, anything she can get her hands on!
Humbly submitted for Your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)