Chinese Food

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  1. chet again

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    I recorded an old episode of Anthony Bordain's Parts Unknown and he was in Shanghai, China. He was eating at small restaurants there and at one he had some great Won Ton Soup with huge pork won tons(?) and deep fried ribs.

    I used to eat at the Chinese places on the east coast for years but have never seen food like that at one of them. Most of them were kind of fast food type places but they were OK.

    Does such food exist in the U.S.?

    Here in the Midwest they have them but most don't serve good soups like they do on the east coast. JMO
     
  2. SixStringSlinger

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    I would suggest looking in places with larger-than-average Chinese populations (whether immigrants or the children/grandchildren of) and avoiding chains, or at least those you're already familiar with.

    No idea of any such places in the Midwest, but yeah, I'd imagine they're easier to find in larger coastal cities.
     
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    Big difference between real Chinese food and Western Chinese food. Around here, there is a dish called ginger beef, which (if the lore is correct) is more Albertan food than Chinese.
     
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    I trained as a chef in a Chinese kitchen here in the UK, and a a doctor of acupuncture in China. Trust me when I say Western Chinese food is Chinese in name only.
     
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    The majority of Chinese resteraunts that serve up the regular Americanized dishes such as General Tso's and the likes (all American creations) have a "secret"/secondary menu that they use to serve actual Chinese people... you can ask them about it and most times (in my experience) they will be happy to prepare some actual Chinese dishes.

    I've done this at 3 spots that are in my area and I'm in a "small town"... so I imagine it does exist other places all the same.
     
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    In China, they just call it "food".
     
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    I have better luck getting decent food at Indian, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean or Thai restaurants. I've given up on Chinese restaurants, unless I'm somewhere like Vancouver where I know there are good restaurants.
     
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    Indeed!
    I’ve been to a coupla’ Chinatowns, in Canada, and the small shop/restaurant offerings are astoundingly good!
     
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    In uni, my wife had a friend (still friends, btw) whose family ran a Chinese restaurant in Saskatoon. They would go back into the kitchen and the grandmother (who spoke no English) would make them something authentic to eat. The only thing my wife doesn't like in Chinese food is bitter melon, so she learned the word for it (something like "fu-kwa").
     
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    The first thing is to pick a nice plump cat, one that has not been out on the open range too long.
     
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    So, if you eat there and they give you bitter melon and you make a face because you don't like it and they laugh and point and they say "fu-kwa'd", don't take it personally?
     
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    And so the cheap racism starts...
     
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    My mom made us try Chinese once in grade school.
    I think I had egg fu young.
    Never tried since ..maybe a can of LaChoy.
     
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    Thai Basil Seafood, I love this stuff!!!

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    When I was 18 I went to China. Shen Zhen and the surrounding areas, (Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore as well, but that’s beside the point). I’ve never seen/tasted food in the states that was anything at all like the food in China. The chicken even tastes different. There was black fungus, vegetables I’ve never see before/since. It was a unique experience, and one I would enjoy a great deal more now that I’ve matured and my tastes have expanded some. The food in Singapore/Malaysia was much more to my liking, at the time. And in Hong Kong we ate McDonalds and Spaghetti Factory. So... yeah.
     
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    San Francisco, NYC, Vancouver come to mind. The places with Chinese character menus on the walls. Point and order. Best with a larger group.

    Or a place with nearly all Chines patrons.
     
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    I've had real Chinese cuisine. Nothing at all like American versions served in chinese restaurants. The only thing in common is rice, and in a good high-end meal you don't see much of that either.

    - Fried Jellyfish
    - Bird tongue / fish tongue
    - Deep Fried baby pigeon
    - Fragrant steamed whole fish
    - 8 sauces surrounded our plates, from fish sauce to hot oil to soy and other items, maybe oyster sauce as well.

    That's all I really remember from our last "authentic" meal. It was at a wedding.
     
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    I had Chinese food for lunch.

    I'm hungry again.
     
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