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“Real” Chinese food poll

Posted by chinesecanuck on February 12, 2009

Since many people argue that foods like beef and brocolli or sweet and sour pork/chicken aren’t “real” Chinese foods, because they were “invented” in the west, what about foods found at restaurants in Hong Kong which use non-Chinese ingredients?  Are those foods real?  In other words, are egg custard tarts (sweet, egg based custard in tartlet shells – very popular at dim sum), Hong Kong style milk tea (strong black tea with condensed/evaporated milk), yeen-yeung (half coffee, half HK style milk tea), etc “real”?  

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Is this dude just being sarcastic?

Posted by chinesecanuck on April 15, 2008

Found this online. Not sure if he’s joking or not…he might be…or he might not.  I actually replied to his post, so I hope it’s approved.  Whether or not it is, here’s my reaction:

I’m all for integration/assimilation to mainstream culture, but only if the mainstream culture isn’t about food that can kill you.  I’m not for assimilating into a diet that is just about awful.  Chinese food found in most North American towns isn’t the “real thing”, which, I guess the poster doesn’t realize (unless, of course, he’s completely joking).  In order to get the “real thing” you have to go to cities with not only a large Chinese population, but also one where the population is somewhat more “sophisticated” or “cultured”.  This means the city should have decent museums, galleries, theatre life, etc…Otherwise, you probably  won’t have the clientele.  In any case, if American/Canadian Chinese food were “real” Chinese food, I certainly wouldn’t be skinny, now would I?  In any case, the stuff is gross.  Please people, note that chop suey is FAKE, FAKE, FAKE (considering it’s mostly MSG anyway).  Egg rolls are fake, but spring rolls are real.  At most Chinese restaurants in Toronto (and Vancouver and San Francisco), spring rolls are dipped in Worscestershire sauce or vinegar (vinegar is more Vietnamese, I think), not plum sauce.  Plum sauce is for barbecued duck.  Real fried rice isn’t cooked with soy sauce and always contains eggs.   You’ll also find lots of steamed dishes, and steamed food is really healthy.  Oh, and outside of the US, fast food containers aren’t cardboard, but foam, foil or plastic.

The only westernized Asian fare that is decent is fusion anyway.  Even Hong Kong style western fare is comme ci, comme ça, though better than American style Chinese food.

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