If you've ever wondered while eating Chinese takeout which dish is most popular in China, you won't have to. Authentic Chinese food is different than Western versions that have been tweaked to broaden their appeal, and they don't eat these meals in China.
The Chinese diet at home is mostly vegetarian. Chinese-American cuisine is sweet, fried, and meat-heavy. We compiled well-known dishes that are unknown in China.
General Tso's chicken is served in most U.S. Chinese restaurants. This sweet and spicy fried chicken dish is an American classic. General Tso Tsung-tang, a Qing dynasty general and statesman, is its namesake. In restaurants, it's battered and fried, with 1,300 calories, 11 grammes of saturated fat, and 3,200 milligrammes of sodium.
1. General Tso's Chicken
Chop Suey was the "Chinese" dish most Americans knew before General Tso's Chicken. According to History Channel, Chinese restaurateurs invented the dish during the California Gold Rush to feed drunken miners. The chefs scraped together leftovers, doused them in soy sauce, and served them as "shap sui"
2. Chop Suey
Philadelphia's crab wontons are deep-fried dumplings filled with crabmeat and cream cheese. In China, many people are lactose intolerant, so it's not popular. Another sign they're not real? Known as Crab Rangoon. Rangoon is the former capital of Burma, not China.
3. Crab Wontons
Lean, grass-fed beef and broccoli are nutritionally dense. Beef has protein, B vitamins, minerals, and broccoli has vitamins and anti-cancer compounds. Men who ate three or more half-cup servings of broccoli per week had a 41% lower risk of prostate cancer.
"Imagination is key" Fortune-cookie proverb. Japanese immigrants (not Chinese) used imagination to popularise sugar, flour, vanilla, sesame oil cookies in the 1900s. Orange slices are a lucky dessert in China.
5. Fortune Cookies