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Old 04-13-2014, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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I always read growing up that chop suey was purely American, invented by Chinese-Americans during the building of the Transcontinental Railroad...but stuff I've read since then notes that it's pretty closely related to cooked up leftovers prepared in parts of China. Who knows?

You kind of have to figure that most commercially prepared ethnically-inspired cuisine in other countries is not going to be the same as traditional dishes prepared by families at home in those countries. I've yet to eat "American" food in foreign countries that tastes like/is prepared as it is by my mom at home in the Midwest, myself.
Oh, I don't know....I've been to some Russian restaurants here where the food is EXACTLY like babushka used to make.
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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So, 'choi' means 'leafy green'? As in Bok Choi?
(Love that, too)
In Cantonese, choy/choi refers to a vegetable - so you are correct
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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So, ong is water, as in ong choi? What is bok?
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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Ong is hollow.

Bok is white.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Oh, I don't know....I've been to some Russian restaurants here where the food is EXACTLY like babushka used to make.
Yeah, but are they small, family-owned, or generic buffets or chains?

The kind of "Chinese restaurants" that are the most full of ultra Americanized cuisine are usually the generic, seen-one-you've-seen-'em-all buffets with the same handful of dishes...your sweet and sour chicken, your General Tso's, etc., or PF Chang's, Panda Express, etc., with similar. In places like this, which cater to western tastebuds, you're gonna get more westernized presentation and taste.

On the other hand, if you go to, say, a legit dim sum place in a city that has a functioning Chinatown, you might actually get food fairly similar to something that you could run some sort of likelihood of being served in Asia.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:05 PM
 
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Lol. When I was a wee little girl, a neighbor told me she loved Chinese food. So I invited her over for dinner and it turned out that dinner was stirred fried zucchini with chicken chunks over white rice. No spring rolls? No Chow mein? No greasy fried rice with a lot of soy sauce? No orange chicken? She didn't like it very much and I was slightly offended.

Unless I'm really hurting for food and there's nothing for miles, I would not grab grubs from anywhere that say Hong Kong or China Express.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I would. I think generic "Chinese" takeout is more often than not perfectly delicious (and the more vegetables the better whether they are vegetables largely available in Asia or not!). But I'm also not sitting there thinking "Man, I'm totally eating exactly like I would be as a native of Guangdong province!" LOL.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Ong is hollow.

Bok is white.
Cool! Thank you.
It never hurts to learn.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Yeah, but are they small, family-owned, or generic buffets or chains?

The kind of "Chinese restaurants" that are the most full of ultra Americanized cuisine are usually the generic, seen-one-you've-seen-'em-all buffets with the same handful of dishes...your sweet and sour chicken, your General Tso's, etc., or PF Chang's, Panda Express, etc., with similar. In places like this, which cater to western tastebuds, you're gonna get more westernized presentation and taste.

On the other hand, if you go to, say, a legit dim sum place in a city that has a functioning Chinatown, you might actually get food fairly similar to something that you could run some sort of likelihood of being served in Asia.
Mostly small and family-owned. However, even the bigger ones aren't chains.

We have a large and vibrant Chinatown, where a lot of the food is pretty authentic. Most people don't order it, however. The Chinese do.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:23 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Having visited Hong Kong, Beijing and Guangzhou numerous times, there are some "authentic" Chinese restaurants here in California and I am sure, other US states. A lot of the stuff you get here in San Francisco is "Americanized", but it is good!
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