American Chinese takeout Vs. Traditional Chinese food.

So I discovered, surprisingly via businessfinder.com that Cantonese food is generally sweet and Shangdong food is usually salty and crispy like kinds of dishes. Sichuan is always very spicy. I absolutely love Chinese food takeout but have you ever had a week or even a month when you ate just a bit more Chinese takeout than you should have and seriously began to feel the physical effects of it? Well, I have and you know you know what I mean. Feeling so full and bloated and heavy that many of your planned productive tasks that day post takeout never happen? Well this made me wonder, in all the regions of China they are obviously not throwing down general tsoa’s chicken every night or a fried half chicken, extra crispy with a side of french fries with hot sauce and ketchup on top during lunchtime. You New York City folks reading this know exactly what I’m talking about. Because otherwise there would be an entire country of over weight and grumbly tummy people with the mean poops. And since this is obviously not the case, I wanted to explore the actual differences between traditional Chinese dishes in comparison to their American Chinese takeout dishes. What I discovered was a few wonderful things. Firstly, we do indeed have traditional and authentic Chinese restaurants in this country, you simply have to find them and secondly the list that follows not only compares these dishes on both sides but it gives an option of other Chinese food dishes to order instead one day, in the event you do dine out at a traditional restaurant. Many of the traditional dishes are significantly more healthy and seemingly more delicious. Enjoy! Here we go!


Traditional Chinese food Dishes                            American Chinese Food dishes

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Xiao Long Bao(soup dumplings)- Filled with crab or pork and a rich savory and flavorful broth.

 

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Crab Rangoon(wonton)- Deep fried wonton filled with fake crab and cream cheese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cong you bing

Cong You Bing-(scallion pancakes) Fried flat bread seasoned with chopped scallions.

 

egg rolls

Egg rolls- deep fried dough filled with meat, veggies and cabbage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peking Duck- Roasted duck with a crispy skin and tender meat.

Peking Duck- Roasted duck with a crispy skin and tender meat.

General tsao chicken- Deep fried chicken coated in a sweet and spicy brown sauce.

General tsao chicken- Deep fried chicken coated in a sweet and spicy brown sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yu Xiang Rou Si- shredded pork sauteed  in hot sauce and garlic, vegetables and mushrooms.

Yu Xiang Rou Si- shredded pork sauteed in hot sauce and garlic, vegetables and mushrooms.

 

Beef and broccoli- Slices of beef cooked in a brown sauce made with broccoli.

Beef and broccoli- Slices of beef cooked in a brown sauce made with broccoli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange slices- Chinese people end their meals usually with orange slices. Yummy.

Orange slices- Chinese people end their meals usually with orange slices. Yummy.

Fortune Cookies- Which are not even Chinese. Crispy cookie made with flour, sugar, vanilla, sesame seed oil and cornstarch.

Fortune Cookies- Which are not even Chinese. Crispy cookie made with flour, sugar, vanilla, sesame seed oil and cornstarch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zha Jiang Mian- Authentic Chinese noodles topped with stir fried pork and zha jiang (fermented soybean paste).

Zha Jiang Mian- Authentic Chinese noodles topped with stir fried pork and zha jiang (fermented soybean paste).

Lo mein- Thick wheat flour noodles stir fried with veggies or meat.

Lo mein- Thick wheat flour noodles stir fried with veggies or meat.       

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