A confession: I occasionally have hankering for American-Chinese, specifically chicken fried rice and General Tso’s Chicken. And I can tell you that I am not ashamed of this.
Chinese food is interesting to me because two of the countries I have lived in have very distinct styles of “Chinese food” - South Korea and the US. The food adopted and changed into different things from the “original” Chinese cuisine
I say “original” cuisine because, even in my very limited experience, I find that Chinese food in China is quite different from each other depending on the province/tastes. There is a ton of variety, which is great.
So I can sit here and think about Chinese food and imagine eating
-Lanzhou beef noodles
-担担面 (Dandan noodles)
-辣子鸡 (peppercorn chicken basically)
-Fried goat cheese
-Korean style jajangmyeon
Its possible that I would commit certain crimes for really good xiao long bao 小笼包 and hot and sour soup 酸辣汤. What can I say - I like what I like
i think 炸酱面 may have been the one dish that really made me realize the craziness with Chinese food. Growing up in Korea, the jajangmyeon/炸酱面 was almost always very sweet. When I got to Beijing, colleagues pointed out how it’s actually a salty dish (and often dry)
Chinese food from my experience has been very different depending on where I go - malleable and adaptable to local tastes. And I think that is very cool.
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