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Old 04-14-2014, 06:41 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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The idea "Chinese food isn't chinese" isn't 100% true, I've had Dim Sum in the states that was very close to dishes I had in Hong Kong.

Interestingly, Chinese-American cuisine is being introduced to China, with some success, including General Tso's Chicken.

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I love reading people post their "favorite" Chinese dishes and they mention chop suey or General Tso's chicken.
There really was a General Tso, but the dish is foreign to China:
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Broccoli is not a Chinese vegetable; in fact, it is originally an Italian vegetable. It was introduced into the United States in the 1800s, but became popularized in the 1920s and the 1930s. In fact, the Chinese had their own version of broccoli, which is called Chinese broccoli, but right now, what -- they've now discovered American broccoli, and are importing it as a, sort of, exotic delicacy.

I guarantee you, General Tso never saw a stalk of broccoli in his life -- and indeed, that actually was a picture of General Tso. I went to his home town. This is a billboard that says: "Welcome to the birthplace of General Tso." And I went looking for chicken. Finally found a cow -- and did find chicken. Believe it or not, these guys were actually crossing the road. And -- (Laughter) -- I actually found a whole bunch of General Tso's relatives who are still in the little town. This guy is now five generations removed from the General; this guy is about seven. Showed them all the pictures of General Tso Chicken that I showed you, and they're like, we don't know this dish. And then they're like, is this Chinese food? Because it doesn't look like Chinese food to them. But they weren't kind of surprised I traveled around the world to visit them, because in their eyes he is, after all, a famous Qing dynasty military hero.
https://www.ted.com/talks/jennifer_8...r_general_tso#
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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That would be really interesting, to taste other countries' versions of "American" food!
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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It's not that exciting, really.
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:53 PM
 
Location: NYC
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The idea "Chinese food isn't chinese" isn't 100% true, I've had Dim Sum in the states that was very close to dishes I had in Hong Kong.

Interestingly, Chinese-American cuisine is being introduced to China, with some success, including General Tso's Chicken.



There really was a General Tso, but the dish is foreign to China:

https://www.ted.com/talks/jennifer_8...r_general_tso#
You had Dim sum in a Chinese place that caters to Chinese in America not representative of what chinese take-outs in most of America. Where is the Dim sum menu in Chinese take out places? I like to see that.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:15 PM
 
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Even the Fortune Cookie is American!

I love Chinese (US version)..... but I don't think I can eat authentic Chinese food cause they do look disgusting.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:01 PM
 
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As an one-and-a-half Chinese-American, I am well aware of the fact that the Chinese food in American restaurants differs from my mother's cooking. Even in China, there are differences in Northern Chinese palates and Southern Chinese palates. My mother is a Southern-Central Chinese woman and prepares rice-based dishes. Northerners prepare wheat-based practices, such as wonton dumplings and noodles. Not sure if that's a stereotype or reality, but it's real.

Steamed beaten eggs is a popular dish. So is eggs and tomatoes.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Well, whatever our Chinese food is, if it's not Chinese... I love it. It tastes great! lol
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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As an one-and-a-half Chinese-American, I am well aware of the fact that the Chinese food in American restaurants differs from my mother's cooking. Even in China, there are differences in Northern Chinese palates and Southern Chinese palates. My mother is a Southern-Central Chinese woman and prepares rice-based dishes. Northerners prepare wheat-based practices, such as wonton dumplings and noodles. Not sure if that's a stereotype or reality, but it's real.

Steamed beaten eggs is a popular dish. So is eggs and tomatoes.
I was waiting for something like that. China is so big. Chinese food probably covers a lot more than any one person's definition. Some "Chinese food" here in the USA is almost surely fake, but maybe some things would be surprisingly authentic in some part of China.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:10 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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Default Nashua has both kinds of Chinese restaurants -- Cantonese and "Closed by Health Department 由卫生部门关闭"

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You had Dim sum in a Chinese place that caters to Chinese in America not representative of what chinese take-outs in most of America. Where is the Dim sum menu in Chinese take out places? I like to see that.
When I talk about eating Mexican food in the US, I don't mention Chipotle and Taco Bell, and when I talk about Chinese restaurants I don't count Panda Express or P.F.Changs.

Nor am I cheating and talking about Chinatown. Rather, I'm referring to restaurants found downtown and on the far north side of Chicago, like "65 Chinese", a small chain that is the epitome of greasy spoon Americanized Chinese takeout joints -- and serves dim sum.

Or maybe I am spoiled from living in a city where there are more than 2 kinds of "Chinese" restaurants outside of Chinatown.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:23 PM
 
Location: World
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Chinese Food served in other countries is vastly different then the authentic Chinese Food. In England, chinese food includes Chicken Curry. In India, they have dishes like Chicken Manchurian.

Chinese cuisine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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