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The Truth About Chinese food

Discussion in 'China Forum' started by GoldCoinLover, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. GoldCoinLover

    GoldCoinLover Sempai

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    Has anyone eaten so called "chinese food" in the US? Like at Panda Express?

    Are there really egg rolls in china? And orange chicken? Is this really how chinese food is in china? Or is it much different?

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  2. RockLee

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    Much different :emoji_smile: They Westernise the food abroad.
     
  3. yukio_michael

    yukio_michael Sempai

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    If you want to find good Chinese food in the United States, go to a NON chain restaraunt ---first, then go there on a Sunday--- if there are Asian people eating there, you've probably found a fairly authentic restaraunt.

    Think Dim Sum, forget fortune cookies & General Chiang's Chicken... that stuff is strictly for the round-eyes.
     
  4. Nana007

    Nana007 Sempai

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    I've eaten at a REAL chinese restuarant, there is alot of them in Houston, along the Bellair strip
     
  5. Akakubisan

    Akakubisan 先輩

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    Go to restaurants that chinese nationals frequent. I had a chinese roommate for a year and the restaurants he took me to were very different from the normal chain restaurants.
     
  6. uloocn

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    I am in China, I don't know how does the Chinese food like abroad?
    My wife is good at cooking and we seldom eat in restaurants.
     
  7. yukio_michael

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    Chinese food in Japan seemed fairly authentic to me, or, at least as authentic as I've had at restraraunts in the United States that were popular with Chinese.

    Chinese food in the United States, Westernized-Chienese food, is typified by stir-frying, Wok-cooking, quickly prepared dishes that are less centered on vegetables & seafood.

    Fried rice is eaten much moreso than plain white rice, and, what I've experienced is that many dishes are served cooked with a rather oily sauce that makes many of the different tastes indestinguishable.

    There are a great number of chicken and pork dishes that use a rather sweet sauce, sometimes almost orange in colour---- I've not had anything like this outside of the United States...

    And of course the fortune cookie--- it goes without saying that at the end of a Chinese meal there is the ever-present slightly sweet cookie folded not unlike a dumpling you would find in soup.

    The funny thing about fortune cookies is the fortune themselves... depending on where you go, even pan-Asian restaraunts in my city have fortune cookies oddly enough, the fortune can be anything from light hearted obvious statements like "Try and you will succede!", to downright depressing, "Man was born to live, but not prepared to live."
     
  8. RockLee

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    I've had Chinese food in Beijing,Shanghai,Guangzhou,Shenzhen and Zhuhai, and it tasted NOTHING like the food in Belgium. You can't compare it with the Chinese restaurants abroad to be honest.
     
  9. ricecake

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    There are regional variety of egg rolls in China,and orange or lemon chicken is an Americanized Chinese dish not available in China/HK/Taiwan.

    Only authentic Chinese restaurants where Chinese frequent have original tastes as those in China/Taiwan/HK.

    The best Chinese gourmet dishes are serve at restaurant Chinese wedding banquet.
     
  10. yukio_michael

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    Aren't egg rolls and the like, though different, refered to simply as "spring rolls", in Chinese and other Asian cooking?
     
  11. Dena81

    Dena81 ナ陳ウ窶ケCツー窶堙絶?堙

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    I've had Chinese food in chinatown, a restaurant in which I think only us and another family there were the only non-asian...or maybe even non-Chinese in the restaurant. It was very, very, very different from chinese I've had that has been westernized.
     
  12. nurizeko

    nurizeko tsuyaku o tsukete kudasai

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    I'll have to admit, I dont ussually go to a themed resturaunt with cultural authenticity in mind.

    When I go to an Istalian or Chinese resturaunt I expect good tasting slop hehe.

    Theres a new Japanese resturaunt opening up soon here in my town so, since the S/O is over from Japan we'll prolly mozey on over and try out their authenticity, nothing like a Japanese national pick apart a westernised resturaunt.

    I wonder if they'll do real Japanese food or just be a glorified westernised sushi bar.
     
  13. ricecake

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    I don't know how the term " egg rolls " came about in America,the 2 Chinese characters for this appetizer literally means " spring rolls ".

    Vietnamese have their native version of non-oil-fried spring rolls in rice wrapper stuff with vermicilli,lettuce,pork slices and halfed-shrimp.
     
  14. uloocn

    uloocn 先輩

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    I think " egg rolls " =窶兪邃「テ? " spring rolls "=ツ春邃「テ? little different and I don't like either.
     
  15. sadie_sue

    sadie_sue the crazy one

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    Most of the Chinese food I've had has been iffy. Of course, before I moved to Arizona I lived in a town where the people running the only Chinese restaurant were Japanese, but the places here are good if a bit expensive, not a chain.
     
  16. yukio_michael

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    They've always called that "summer roll".... at Viet Namese restaraunts I've been to.
     
  17. ricecake

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    That's " Goi Cuon " in Vietnamese for native version of non-deep-fried rice wrapper rolls aka summer rolls,I see now they differentiate it with this English label for there wasn't one in the past.

    Vietnamese also have " Cha Gio ",a Chinese imitation oil-fried egg rolls aka spring rolls with slightly different stuffings.

    I don't think there are Japanese and Korean spring rolls,they've only localized Chinese " fried rice ".
     
  18. ricecake

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    (1) These 2 Chinese characters commonly use for pastry sweets or egg tarts or puffy Swiss rolls

    (2) These are oil-fried spring rolls ( aka egg rolls )
     
  19. Nicholas Tse

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    Chinese eat every living thing in the world! Including microorgamisms.. because they're in the air..:emoji_flushed:
    just joking...chinese eat every living thing except poisonoues creature!:emoji_smile:
     
  20. BeNe

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    I have a favuorite chinese restaurant in munich, and i like the food there more than in other chinese restaurants here. By reading this thread I remembered that it's the only one where I can meet chinese people.... Sometimes there are 50 chninese people and just me is non-chinese :emoji_smile:
     
  21. Xiadane

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    Mm.. The general rule of thumb when looking for a 'good chinese restaurant' is looking into the restaurant and seeing if there are any foreigners in there. If it's all/mostly Asian, then most likely it's authentic. XD

    But about eggrolls and orange chicken... they're incredibly westernized to suit the Western tastes. That's why most foreigners think of those two when it comes to Chinese food.
     
  22. Geographer@UK

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    Well, i'm a Chinese in England and the Chinese buffet in a number of Chinese restaurants here can only show the way of cooking and seldom the good taste based on my limited experience. The real Chinese food is far more than a non-Chinese can expect.
     
  23. taeter_tot

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    I am all for spicy savory Sichuan cuisine,the worldly known hot and sour soup is mouthful.:emoji_thumbsup:
     
  24. Goldiegirl

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    mmm...I like Chinese food. Westernized is ok with me. I had some really great Chinese food in Yokohama. Also, they had dessert there, not a fortune cookie or almond cookie like here in the US. It was kind of like a white coconut pudding with fresh fruit and lychees (spelling ?) it was so refreshing and not too sweet or heavy. I wish we had that here.
     
  25. Utena Tenjou

    Utena Tenjou Pink haired duelist

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    I love chinese food. We have a China Wok and a New China Restaurant... that's the name of the place.
     

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