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Warning: Muge and Cecilia do not intend to hurt any feelings. We are proud supporters of General Tso Chicken, at certain times. The “authentic” Chinese food shown in the videos are not daily staples of normal Chinese people. We showed them because we happened to find them while eating with friends (who kindly treated us).
Many of you probably have watched the music video “Chinese Food” by Alison Gold. We all know it’s not true about real Chinese food and China – you will never ever find Chop Suey, General Tso or Fortune Cookies in China. We also testify (Muge, Pan, Cecilia and Ye) have never eaten these food while we were in China.
So it’s time to talk about this huge misrepresentation. We encourage all of you to actively seek more authentic dishes when you order Chinese food in the future! Ask the wait staff questions like: “what would you eat?” or “what do the Chinese customers usually eat?”
Authenticity is a lost concept. Food cultures mix and evolve all the time. Even in China, Sichuan food in Guangdong is altered to cater to Cantonese taste buds, and Cantonese would complain Beijing’s chefs do the Dim Sum wrong. But that’s the fun part of being foodies – constantly exploring and searching for the more authentic, creative, tasty dishes!
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