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Old 05-29-2017, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I don't know. What would make one Chinatown's food better than another's, as long as it's authentic? New York City's Chinatown is the largest in the country, and a significant Chinese immigrant community has more recently established itself in the NYC borough of Queens.

If you go to the places where the Chinese themselves eat--and I've been in such a place in Queens where my companion and I were the only white people in the place--location of the city isn't going to make much difference.
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I would call that one closer to a push.


When one considers Chinese in relationship to how it is prepared in China, you would have to say that American Chinese is almost its own creation. For instance someone once told me that you can't locate Chop Suey in China, it's a twist on a recipe that Chinese immigrants brought overseas, and the origins cannot be detected. I look at Chinese food as being more of an overarching American food than almost any other cuisine, though where I live now there are really no decent Chinese restaurants to be found. However, living in St. Louis, in the middle of the country, I found awesome Chinese food. It's everywhere, really.

You both make good points, thanks!
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Old 05-29-2017, 12:15 PM
 
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I would call that one closer to a push.


When one considers Chinese in relationship to how it is prepared in China, you would have to say that American Chinese is almost its own creation. For instance someone once told me that you can't locate Chop Suey in China, it's a twist on a recipe that Chinese immigrants brought overseas, and the origins cannot be detected. I look at Chinese food as being more of an overarching American food than almost any other cuisine, though where I live now there are really no decent Chinese restaurants to be found. However, living in St. Louis, in the middle of the country, I found awesome Chinese food. It's everywhere, really.
But I think people in this thread are discussung authentic Chinese food, not Americanized Chinese takeout
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Old 05-29-2017, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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You both make good points, thanks!
I guess the best Chinatown is the one that's closest!
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Old 05-29-2017, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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But I think people in this thread are discussung authentic Chinese food, not Americanized Chinese takeout
Haha, yes, we have way too much of that!

My dd has lived in China and now lives in Albany, NY. There is a substantial Chinese immigrant community there, and at least one really good place we've found to eat.

I am vegetarian, so I got vegetable dumplings at the place in Queens, but my friend got fried chicken feet.
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Old 05-29-2017, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I guess the best Chinatown is the one that's closest!
Yep, like my Grandma's house. There's very authentic Chinese food there.
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Old 05-29-2017, 03:05 PM
 
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Yep, like my Grandma's house. There's very authentic Chinese food there.
I am sure it's better than any restaurant!
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:32 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I am sure it's better than any restaurant!
Thank You, Mightyqueen! Yes, my family makes great Chinese food in L.A.(San Gabriel Valley). We also have bakeries, and I have to work in one in about an hour.
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