Is chow mein really authentic Chinese food? Is soy sauce in everything? Did we invent the modern-day fortune cookie or did Japan? If you don’t know the truth yet, it may be time to find out.

First and foremost, here’s a spicy news-flash. Those Chinese dishes like lo mein, General Tso’s chicken, and chop suey? Yeah, they’re actually less Chinese and more American. In fact, a lot of dishes your sweet and sour tastebuds crave have adapted to suit American tastes. Kind of mind-blowing right?

Because of this, there’s countless myths surrounding Chinese cuisine that’ve become accepted as fact. So, get your fork, chopsticks, soup spoon, and more ready. We’re debunking these and more Chinese food myths one by one. Here are just a few myths about Chinese food you should stop believing.

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All Chinese food is stir-fried | 0:00
Chinese Dishes Require Soy Sauce | 1:17
Fortune cookies are Chinese | 2:05
White takeout cartons are common in China | 3:18
All Chinese food is the same | 4:16
Broccoli appears in traditional Chinese cooking | 5:35
There’s one common Chinese cuisine | 6:34
Chinese restaurants have extensive menus | 7:42
The dishes are always greasy | 8:52
Chinese cuisine is cheap | 9:42

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35 thoughts on “Myths About Chinese Food You Should Stop Believing”

  1. 2:23 Jennifer 8 Lee didn't need to uncover anything, because this has been long known. Most of the 'myths' are not myths at all, but simply over-generalisations. & it's a bit silly to say that broccoli is not part of Chinese traditional cooking because it doesn't grow there naturally. Neither does chili. Yet, quite a number of 'traditionally Chinese' dishes would be recognisable without chili.

  2. 'it is cheap because staff are underpaid'

    And than these cheapskate customers turn around and blame the chinese cook and server for being poor and exploited and living in squalor.

  3. My son was in China a number of years ago with his college. He was starving by the time he got home. They were offered so many options but all had to share. About 5 we’re gone and 25 were left untouched.

  4. Another myth is that the meat in Chinese food is actually made from cats, dogs or other wild animals. The same has been said about food from other Asian countries with the exception of maybe Japanese food. Chinese food is said to be cheaper in take out joints in inner city neighborhoods. Having a dessert after dinner is a western thing done in the US and other western countries across Europe and the Americas. People in Asian countries including China didn't really start eating desserts until the latter half of the 20th century. These desserts tend to have less sugar than desserts made in western countries in both the Americas and Europe. I should know. I've had Asian desserts plenty of times. LOL 😄 Traditionally, Chinese people would eat ginger candy or fruit for dessert if they had it at all. Some Chinese restaurants that cater to a more Asian client base especially in cities like NYC or San Francisco tend to have more dishes from their native country. The only thing really traditional at Americanized Chinese restaurants would be something like dim sum or dumplings, which is pronounced 烧卖 (shaomai) in the Mandarin dialect of the Chinese language.

  5. @4:37… I disagree with this attitude toward 'authenticity'. Chop Suey was a Chinese creation, albeit in America, and is over 100 years old. Some of the other Chinese dishes created here are almost 200 years old. Created by Chinese – isn't that authentic Chinese? Are the Chinese who created it less Chinese than Chinese in any other country? Are third-and-fourth generation Chinese Americans not authentically Chinese, because their ancestors were born here?

  6. t wasn't "WW2" that interned Japanese AMERICANS into special camps, it was the racist AMERICAN GOVERNMENT elected by the AMERICAN PEOPLE that committed this crimes against it's own people. This was still white America's "get to the back of the bus" era.

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