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I would anything, but I won’t eat THAT! What is THAT? That is not only NOT Authentic Chinese food. But it isn’t even food that a proper Chinese person would eat. There are just some things that you see at Chinese restaurants…. even some times at the most authentic looking Chinese restaurants, that some of those dishes really aren’t the real deal.
You will never find Chinese people eating some of the things that YOU think are Chinese. But, are NOT! And, they’ll check you out to see what you are eating. Not that you will be mocked. But, you will definitely be “classified”. And you don’t want to be flagged as that guy (or gal). Once flagged, you will never get the super secret Chinese menu that only the true gourmands are privy to.
Let’s face the facts, we all know that most, if not all, of the Chinese cuisine that is available in this country is, in reality, a fusion of Chinese and American influences—and, depending on the restaurant in question, dishes may draw on inspiration from many other parts of the world in addition to that. Indeed, in all probability, anyone who had lived all their life in China would have a hard time recognizing many of our best-loved dishes as examples of their national cuisine!
American Chinese food is generally less spicy than the native Chinese food. Usually, local ingredients common in America but no often used in China, are used to prepare the dishes. For example, the use of broccoli is very common in the Americanized version, while it is rarely used in the authentic cuisine, where bok choy, water chestnuts, and lotus root are extensively used.
So, what are the eight “Chinese” dishes that Chinese people don’t eat? Well, rather than telling you, let’s go right to the source. Enjoy this video… and don’t be THAT guy that thinks that they’re so worldly.
Another way to make sure that you are eating the real thing is of course, to read all our articles about authentic Chinese dishes, and also our reviews of Chinese restaurants. We will always keep you not only on the straight and narrow, but we will make you the cool guy that others will look up to.
Are you guilty? Sound off in the comments!
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)