Chinese Food U.S/Canada

@Ravenladyj (22936)
United States
May 20, 2007 4:05pm CST
so did many of you know that Chinese food in the U.S is quite different to Canadian Chinese food?? I was floored when I went to my first U.S Chinese food restaurant only to find that Chicken Balls are NOT common here in the U.S whereas in Canada its almost a MUST...You cant order Chinese food there without getting some sweet n sour Chicken Balls! same with things like Cantonese style chow mein which as I found isnt the same as Chow Mein in the U.S... any Chinese food fans? have you tried it in different areas and found differences?
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@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
20 May 07
I've noticed a big difference in Chinese food even just in the United States. I'm from Missouri, and there cashew chicken is the big thing at most Chinese places. The chicken is breaded there, and it's basically just drenched in sauce, with green onions and cashews. Now I live in North Dakota, and most places here don't have cashew chicken. The ones that do, it's totally different than the kind back home. Here is has a bunch of vegetables, the chicken is not breaded, and the sauce is really thin and watery, instead of the thick sauce from back home. The Chinese place is usually the second place I want to eat when I go back home to see my family. Sonic is the first.
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@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
20 May 07
LOL chinese is second on my list too...the first place I want to eat at (cheap places I mean) is MR.SUB!!! LOL come to think of it though, when I order Chinese its NEVER cheap! My gf, her daughter, a friend of my gf and her son and I went for chinese when we were in San Fransisco and we dropped over $100 LOL...
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
21 May 07
My favorite foo to eat is chinese food. I like to try all the chinese restaurants that I see. I have found that no two restaurants make the food the same way. Sometimes they use a different kind of sauce or some use different vegetables. Which I would guess should be common. I mean the way that I make meatloaf probrally is different then the way that my neighbor makes it. I would assume that everyone has their wn way of making things. I have also seen where one dish was popular in the town I use to live in it isn't as popular in the town that I have moved to so I have either explained what I am looking for. Or I once brought the restaurant a sample of what I wanted. They have now added it to their menu.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
20 May 07
this does not suprise me at all. Lol, a few years ago i had the lucky experience in visiting China, i travelled to Shanghi and traveled on to Beiging and then on to Hong Kong. I had been brought up on Chinese take aways in the UK and had quite a shock, lol. Food in China, certainly in the places I visited, is absolutely nothing like the Chinese resteraunts here in the uk. Mind you, I also ate Chinese food in New York also and found that totally different again. I guess it is different local markets that determine what food is produced and sold blessed be
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
21 May 07
Believe me I've noticed this. I grew up in Michigan where we mostly had Cantonese style Chinese Food. Then I moved to Florida where the majority of it for a long time was Mandarin Chinese Food. Mandarin is very different and I don't care for it. We now have some that have the Cantonese style in and I'm happy for that but for a long time I didn't bother to eat it down here because of how it tasted. There are many forms of Chinese food based on the different areas of China so one has to know what type one likes before going into the restaurant to order.
• United States
21 May 07
Regarding the different styles of cooking. China encompasses a very large, and diverse, area. Each area had to learn to cook with what was available to their specific area in the beginning. These are their roots.This discussion is a lot like sampling the different foods from all the different cuisine areas of The United States. You can find things that, if you asked for something they were not familiar with you might get some interesting comments like...Where are you from? Are you pulling my leg? You don't really eat that do you? That's not really food, this is food. My two cents on this subject. Are there any other comments?
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
21 May 07
Very true, just goes to show that no matter what type of food you like that to some they might not like it. One has to know what one is asking for and if it's available there before hand.
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@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
22 May 07
"I grew up in Michigan where we mostly had Cantonese style Chinese Food" Ya Canadian Chinese is more Cantonese actually....I lvoe the stuff! LOL I think some of the best I've had was in Chinatown in Toronto...
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• United States
21 May 07
I'll be the first to admit, I ahve no idea what styles goes to what Chinese food place, I didn't even know there were different types, I always just thought it was Chinese lol. When I lived in northern Illinois there was a place called Happy Wok, I loved this place and ate from there whenever I could. They had the best sweet and sour sauce to go with the chicken and they has this bar-b-que pork that was cut into strips.. good stuff. Sadly when I moved to Oklahoma I have not been able to find anything that comes even remotely close to the great taste I experienced up there. This could be explained by the different style of Chinese food that I did not know exsisted.
• United States
22 May 07
I still don't know what the difference is between the various styles of oriental food. I do, on the other hand, know a good steak when I get one. I also know how a good steak should be cooked. When my wife and I get to Oklahoma City we have been known to frequent a place called The Cattlemen's Cafe. They really know what to do with a good steak. They serve what, in my estimation, is probably the best prepared steak that I have ever had, anywhere. You should try it some time. I'm not sure of the address, but it's near the stockyards, on Agnew. Enjoy.
• United States
20 May 07
I find it amazing that chinese food varies from area to area, even within the U.S. Everywhere I go, the same type of food is quite different. We have sweet and sour chicken around here though too. I think it mostly is based on the taste of the people that live in the area as to how popular the foods are.
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• Japan
21 May 07
Are the majority of chinese in the states Cantonese? I wonder about that. If you go to Singapore the majority is Hokkien. One of the attractions of Singapore is the food. Chinese and Malay style.
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@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
22 May 07
Chinese Food is different at each restaurant that you can eat at around here. I find Cantonese Style Restaurants to be very bland and much prefer other styles. And every restaurant seems to have some things that are the same while they will through in something different. Even in China Town in San Francisco, There are hundreds of restaurants and not one is the same.
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@Karmalina (647)
• Australia
22 May 07
Oh man... Yes I have found that it is quite different in Australia. Compared to what you get at even a mall food court Chinese place here American Chinese (Especially in the South) isn't even ethnic tasting. You can get some quite nice dishes here and theres more stuff that isn't fried. The staples are different as well. Instead of crab puffs and egg rolls and sweet n sour shrimp and beef and chicken there is usually only sweet n sour chicken. They use very little seafood except in fried rice though they do have fried king prawns at places that aren't buffet. You get omelet, spring rolls, which are quite different to eggrolls, prawn chips and things like that. At least you still get fried rice! I think the reason it's that way is because Australia is close enough to asia to end up with more accurate Asian restaurants like Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, etc... instead of a mishmash of the lot being called "Chinese". I rather enjoy Australian Chinese food. It was one of the only things here that didn't make me ill when I first moved over. Crap, now I want chinese.
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@eyewitness (1577)
• Netherlands
21 May 07
I love chinese food and i bet that the dutch chinese food is way different than US and canadian chinese food ^_^
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@evelynlyp (788)
• Japan
21 May 07
There are many type of chinese dishes style. I suppose the dishes have to depend on what region of china did the cooking orginated from (for example hainanese chicken rice and cantonese chicken rice are two different styles of chicken rice) and what's popular in the current country (tends towards saltiness in Aussie, tends to be more spicy and pungent in South East Asia). Also people like to create new tastes and styles. So it might happen that sometime after the dish left the homeland, it was altered. If you go to south east asia, the chinese food sometimes incorporate malay styles. You start getting dish there that uses "belcaan"- a kind of shrimp paste.
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• India
21 May 07
It is quiet interesting and strange that the same quisine tastes so different. Actually it depends on the cook very much. I have tasted chinese food in different restaurants in my srea, and each platter in the different restaurant tastes slightly different from the other.
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@castleghost (1304)
• United States
21 May 07
Chinese is one of the foods that I love to eat most often. I have noticed that different places have a different style to how they prepare the food. One might use a garlic sauce while another might use a brown sauce. There are many different ways that each restaurant prepeare the food. Sometimes it does irratate me because I have a certain craving and I go in to get the food that I crave only to find out that it is prepared differently at that restaurant. I know this is what makes a certain restaurant stand out for some people but I am still disappointed.
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@SViswan (12071)
• India
7 Sep 07
lol..this is funny. Chinese food anywhere else in the world isn't genuine chinese food. It is usually modified to suit the palates of the people of that particular place. So, in India you'd find almost all Chinese dishes being spiced up. Earlier, I had this notion about how Chinese food should be. But when I was working in a Chinese company, I saw that their food was in no way similar to what we called Chinese! Later on I read somewhere that even in China, different regions have different styles of dishes! I've tried Chinese in different places and all of them were different! Even within India, it's different in different states!!!
@acquaria (719)
• Italy
22 May 07
I have to taste both of them.I know some chinese people and they tell me that here in Italy chinese food is different form food prepared in China. I'm a fan of chinese food!!!
@finlander60 (1775)
• United States
21 May 07
As with most anything, if there are different ways of making something it will happen. Different cooks, different ingredients, different owners, all can have an impact on the final product that you end up with on your plate. These are just a few of the reasons that make this world so wonderful and exciting. Here is an example. My wife and I go to a larger city to our north about 30 miles away. Sometimes we will eat at a Chinese restaurant called Hong Kong Buffet. There is one thing that we have noticed there, that we have not seen in any other Chinese restaurant, they call it Hong Kong Beef. If this food became available in our town, we would probably eat before we went up north. I look at it like Mexican food. I have eaten Mexican food in Texas, Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Rhode Island. You can get some items that are completely different in one place than another. I think this is good. We learn to appreciate different things the more we get exposed to them. My two cents on this subject. Does anyone else have an opinion?