10 ‘Chinese’ Foods You Won’t Find in China

    Salad (Traumrune/Wikimedia Commons)Wonton (Flickr/ECNS)Sweet and sour pork (ProjectManhattan/Wikimedia Commons)Orange chicken (Evan Joshua Swigart/Wikimedia Commons)Mongolian beef (Craig Dugas/Wikimedia Commons)General Tso's chicken (1700-talet/Wikimedia Commons)Fortune cookies (3268zauber/Wikimedia Commons)Egg rolls (Deltabeignet/Wikimedia Commons)Crab rangoon (Benjwong/Wikimedia Commons)Chop suey (Flickr/ECNS)

    Did you know that some of the dishes you enjoy at Chinese restaurants in the West aren’t actually available in China?

    This list from China News Service is full of surprises!

    1. Crab rangoon (Chinese cuisine doesn’t use cream cheese)

    Crab rangoon (Benjwong/Wikimedia Commons)

    Crab rangoon (Benjwong/Wikimedia Commons)

    2. Egg rolls

    Egg rolls (Deltabeignet/Wikimedia Commons)

    Egg rolls (Deltabeignet/Wikimedia Commons)

    3. General Tso’s chicken.

    General Tso's chicken (1700-talet/Wikimedia Commons)

    General Tso’s chicken (1700-talet/Wikimedia Commons)

    4. Chop suey is actually a swear word, thought to have first been used by a cook serving stir-fried leftovers to drunken miners in California.

    Chop suey (Flickr/ECNS)

    Chop suey (Flickr/ECNS)

    5. Sweet and sour pork.

    Sweet and sour pork (ProjectManhattan/Wikimedia Commons)

    Sweet and sour pork (ProjectManhattan/Wikimedia Commons)

    6. Mongolian beef.

    Mongolian beef (Craig Dugas/Wikimedia Commons)

    Mongolian beef (Craig Dugas/Wikimedia Commons)

    7. Orange chicken.

    Orange chicken (Evan Joshua Swigart/Wikimedia Commons)

    Orange chicken (Evan Joshua Swigart/Wikimedia Commons)

    8. Salad: the Chinese prefer to cook their veggies.

    Salad (Traumrune/Wikimedia Commons)

    Salad (Traumrune/Wikimedia Commons)

    9. In the West, wonton wrappers are baked or fried til they’re crispy, but real wontons are dumplings stuffed with meat or veg, and usually boiled and served in soup.

    Wonton (Flickr/ECNS)

    Wonton (Flickr/ECNS)

    10. Fortune cookies

    Fortune cookies (3268zauber/Wikimedia Commons)

    Fortune cookies (3268zauber/Wikimedia Commons)

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