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Old 04-14-2014, 06:42 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Live an authentic life and you won't have to worry about "authentic" food.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Er Chinese people don't eat cheese? Pizza is getting really popular, as well as burgers and stuff that have cheese. Most humans are actually lactose tolerant but it doesn't mean they can't consume moderate amounts of dairy. Varies by individual too.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Yeah of course Americanised or westernised Chinese (which is similar here or in the UK, with some differences) is different. The main reason being as a cuisine it's been in the West a lot longer than other ethnic cuisines from Asia like Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, which are still reasonably authentic. Most were brought over by Cantonese cooks (from Guangdong, Canton comes from the old name of the city of Guangzhou) who catered to western palettes.

In most large US cities with sizeable Asian populations there are a few authentic places opened by people actually FROM China. Like authentic hand-made dumplings and noodles, for a start. To the poster who said all the food in China is horrible: I've been to China including Hong Kong and Taiwan, and there's good and bad, you just need to know where to look. It's not true all food there is super greasy, American Chinese is a lot greasier and meat heavy than 'real' Chinese food which varies tremendously from region anyway. Szechuan is nothing like Cantonese which is very different to say Shandong style.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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I'm not sure I can think of any country that doesn't adapt foreign cuisines to better suit their own populace.

One of the oddest I've ever encountered was an ice cream sundae, in Scotland. IT was ice cream, with canned fruit cocktail and whipped cream on top. It was gag-worthy.
My grandma used to put canned fruit cocktail on ice cream all the time. She wasn't Scottish, just Depression-era cheap (no whipped cream, that's expensive). Ice cream alone was a splurge to her.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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Why would a Chinese restaurant serve Indian rice?
That's not what I meant. I said "good rice", which doesn't mean a certain kind of rice. Rice in an Indian restaurant and rice in a Korean restaurant will probably be very different, but both are usually good in my experience. At the least, it would be rice that's cooked right.

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Old 04-14-2014, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Florida
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This reminds me of a couple of the discussions that I have listened to in the past couple of years.

I recent immigrant from Jalisco opens up a Mexican restaurant in a Chicago suburb, a specialty is goat. Several Mexicans from Sonora come into his place and complain that the food is NOT "real Mexican" as they never have goat in their cooking. There are dozens of regional cuisines in Mexico (and China, for that matter) and MOST have not experienced enough of them to judge whether they are authentic or not.

A second discussion came from a restaurant owner who owned a Thai restaurant that included several Chinese dishes and a few sushi selections in a small metropolitan area in the Midwest. Prior to entering the US, the owner had culinary training and had a couple restaurants in Bangkok. A foodie comes in and starts a campaign against the restaurant on-line as it is "not authentic Thai." The owner replied that he could NOT keep a restaurant open that served ONLY Thai dishes as the area was small. This was "not Las Vegas or Chicago" where you could narrowly define the menu and stay in business which was his primary goal.
In the south suburbs of Chicago, Tinley Park and Orland Park to be more specific (I also believe they have one in Alsip), there is a Mexican place called Burrito Jalisco that I just absolutely love. When I still lived out that way, I would eat there once or twice a week.

Now that's a real jerk move by the foodie to try to run the guy out of business. If the food is good, it's good, really doesn't matter what it's called or what the theme is.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:26 AM
 
Location: DFW
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I'm Chinese and I never eat this stuff.. only Chinese restaurants I eat at are the "authentic" ones in Chinatown. Sadly, the high sodium and trans-fat content of this food is ruining the mainstream's generalizations towards Chinese cuisine.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:54 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I'm Chinese and I never eat this stuff.. only Chinese restaurants I eat at are the "authentic" ones in Chinatown. Sadly, the high sodium and trans-fat content of this food is ruining the mainstream's generalizations towards Chinese cuisine.
I've eaten authentic Sichuan dishes and it is even more saltier than the Americanized version.

The difference between original authentic and American comes down to texture and ingredients. Many authentic dishes use a lot of ginger, spices, and scallions or other veggies were replaced with ingredients we see here.
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Er Chinese people don't eat cheese? Pizza is getting really popular, as well as burgers and stuff that have cheese. Most humans are actually lactose tolerant but it doesn't mean they can't consume moderate amounts of dairy. Varies by individual too.
When was the last time you saw dairy on a Chinese menu? I never have.
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:57 AM
 
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Er Chinese people don't eat cheese? Pizza is getting really popular, as well as burgers and stuff that have cheese. Most humans are actually lactose tolerant but it doesn't mean they can't consume moderate amounts of dairy. Varies by individual too.[/quote
I'm sure many modern Chinese have come to accept American food products like cheese burgers,pizza,french fries , dairy products etc however when i go to China town those Americanized products are not usually on the menu.
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