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Wegmans rethinks Asian Bars

Wegmans Food Markets has revamped its in-store Asian Bars to focus on healthy meals and authentic flavors after two of its executive chefs visited China.

The retooled dishes have fewer carbs, calories, sugars and sodium while highlighting vegetables instead of protein.


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Healthier versions of meals like Szechuan beef and grilled sweet and sour chicken, as well as the veggie-centric Asian green beans and Szechuan chili garlic eggplant, are among the new rotating menu of 30 dishes cooked in small batches throughout the day.

“For years I’ve loved Chinese food, but have always been conscious that it’s not so healthy for me,” executive chef John Emerson said in a video about the China trip. “We learned in China how to make our Asian Bars better in every way — healthier, fresher, with flavors that really pop.”

Wegmans said customers who have tried the new dishes were satisfied.

“I’ve heard a few people say, ‘I haven’t had food like this since I left China.’ Now that’s really nice to hear,” said Emerson.

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