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)
2. Egg rolls
3. General Tso’s chicken.
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.
5. Sweet and sour pork.
6. Mongolian beef.
7. Orange chicken.
8. Salad: the Chinese prefer to cook their veggies.
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.
10. Fortune cookies