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Old 04-19-2014, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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Only in America will you find a "Chinese Restaurant" owned by a Norwegian, with the cooking done by a French chef using a Polish cook book.

At least that has been my opinion of every "Chinese Restaurant" I ever been in in the USA.

Sort of like they look at a picture and try to guess the ingredients.
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Old 04-19-2014, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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What I don't understand is why people would have a problem with this.

What does it matter if Happy Wok or wherever "isn't authentic," as long as the food it serves is good? I have a hard time believing anybody would expect it to be authentic.
There should be no problem except some of us expect Chinese food to be Chinese Food, Italian Food to be Italian food etc.

Perhaps a better choice would be to start calling it "Chinese inspired" Italian Inspired" "Greek Inspired" to satisfy us old grouches that actually want the Authenticate on Occasion.

Follow suit of the Pizza Joints. They no longer call them "Italian Pizzas" for the most part. Now you see things like "New York Style Pizza" When I go into a Pizza joint I am not expecting Italian food. I know what to expect.
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:29 PM
 
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What I don't understand is why people would have a problem with this.

What does it matter if Happy Wok or wherever "isn't authentic," as long as the food it serves is good? I have a hard time believing anybody would expect it to be authentic.
I get extremely bothered when American restaurants advertise their food as being authentic when it is not. Or when they advertise some type of regional cuisine when it is not specific to that region. A prime example would be the dozens of Cuban restaurants in Florida that have signs outside saying "Authentic SPANISH Food!". It is so bothersome to the exotic eater like myself.
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:50 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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... Only in America will you find a "Chinese Restaurant" owned by a Norwegian, with the cooking done by a French chef using a Polish cook book.
In the big cities, like NYC, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and Philly you will see most Chinese restaurants are owned and staffed by real Chinese people. That doesn't mean the cuisine is "authentic."

In the "Cantonese Style" restaurant I took my out-of-town guests, David's Mai Lai Wah, most of the dishes are your typical General Tso's Chicken, Twice-Cooked Pork, Egg Foo Young, Shrimp In Lobster Sauce, Roast Pork Lo Mein, Buddha's Delight, etc. However, you will see Chinese people eating in there as well. The Chinese are handed a different menu - in Chinese - and it's interesting to see the dishes they are eating: more green vegetables, no fried rice, steamed buns in bamboo baskets, much more fish, plates of little black clams, things in black bean sauce, etc.

Has anyone ever tried a Saturday or Sunday morning Dim Sum brunch where little old Chinese ladies wheel around carts of dumplings, steamed buns, and various small plates of things like braised duck's feet and jellyfish? They call out the dishes they are carrying, and you will be likely sitting in a big round banquet table with other people. It's wonderful.
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Old 04-19-2014, 05:06 PM
 
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In the big cities, like NYC, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and Philly you will see most Chinese restaurants are owned and staffed by real Chinese people. That doesn't mean the cuisine is "authentic."

In the "Cantonese Style" restaurant I took my out-of-town guests, David's Mai Lai Wah, most of the dishes are your typical General Tso's Chicken, Twice-Cooked Pork, Egg Foo Young, Shrimp In Lobster Sauce, Roast Pork Lo Mein, Buddha's Delight, etc. However, you will see Chinese people eating in there as well. The Chinese are handed a different menu - in Chinese - and it's interesting to see the dishes they are eating: more green vegetables, no fried rice, steamed buns in bamboo baskets, much more fish, plates of little black clams, things in black bean sauce, etc.

Has anyone ever tried a Saturday or Sunday morning Dim Sum brunch where little old Chinese ladies wheel around carts of dumplings, steamed buns, and various small plates of things like braised duck's feet and jellyfish? They call out the dishes they are carrying, and you will be likely sitting in a big round banquet table with other people. It's wonderful.
More times than I can count. And we always get the jellyfish and chicken feet. I have only found duck feet at one restaurant and it was in Philadelphia. I didn't like it as much as the chicken feet.
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Old 04-19-2014, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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In the big cities, like NYC, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and Philly you will see most Chinese restaurants are owned and staffed by real Chinese people. That doesn't mean the cuisine is "authentic."

In the "Cantonese Style" restaurant I took my out-of-town guests, David's Mai Lai Wah, most of the dishes are your typical General Tso's Chicken, Twice-Cooked Pork, Egg Foo Young, Shrimp In Lobster Sauce, Roast Pork Lo Mein, Buddha's Delight, etc. However, you will see Chinese people eating in there as well. The Chinese are handed a different menu - in Chinese - and it's interesting to see the dishes they are eating: more green vegetables, no fried rice, steamed buns in bamboo baskets, much more fish, plates of little black clams, things in black bean sauce, etc.

Has anyone ever tried a Saturday or Sunday morning Dim Sum brunch where little old Chinese ladies wheel around carts of dumplings, steamed buns, and various small plates of things like braised duck's feet and jellyfish? They call out the dishes they are carrying, and you will be likely sitting in a big round banquet table with other people. It's wonderful.
Up where I live with it's large German population, it is even hard to find Authenticate German food.
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Old 04-19-2014, 05:30 PM
 
Location: southern california
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Yes food changes when it gets here life gets better
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Old 04-19-2014, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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I don't know... let's just say that American Chinese is more suited for the (non ethnic Chinese) American palate.
In my town there is a range of "Chinese" food. Some I like much more than some other.

My point was, a whole new cuisine was developed. I think that's pretty cool. Even though I might not like a lot of the presentation, at its best (as in, there's a real chef in the restaurant) it's both distinct and very good.
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Old 04-20-2014, 12:46 PM
 
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I get extremely bothered when American restaurants advertise their food as being authentic when it is not. Or when they advertise some type of regional cuisine when it is not specific to that region. A prime example would be the dozens of Cuban restaurants in Florida that have signs outside saying "Authentic SPANISH Food!". It is so bothersome to the exotic eater like myself.
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There should be no problem except some of us expect Chinese food to be Chinese Food, Italian Food to be Italian food etc.

Perhaps a better choice would be to start calling it "Chinese inspired" Italian Inspired" "Greek Inspired" to satisfy us old grouches that actually want the Authenticate on Occasion.

Follow suit of the Pizza Joints. They no longer call them "Italian Pizzas" for the most part. Now you see things like "New York Style Pizza" When I go into a Pizza joint I am not expecting Italian food. I know what to expect.
I can agree with this. I am not criticizing because the American influence of the food, my critique comes because a place advertises something "authentic" (or implies it is), yet it is not. I am big on Greek and Turkish food, yet find difficulty in finding a place that actually serves this stuff as it is suppose to be; some places are so far off the mark it is not even funny.
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Old 04-20-2014, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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They should call it "Chinamerican" or something.
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