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