It was about 8pm when I went back to home yesterday, and I really didn’t want to cook. So my boyfriend and I decided to order some food from a nearby Chinese restaurant.
We searched online with key words “Chinese food” and “Malden” because we hoped the food could keep warm when they were sent to our hands. We found a restaurant called Fuloon, and clicked the menu button. We tried to find the Chinese version menu since the English names of the dishes always make us very confusing. Unfortunately, we did not find the Chinese menu, which meat we had to order the food by guessing again. (before I came to Boston, I had expected the difficulty in ordering western food since I seldom ate it before, but I had not expected that ordering Chinese food could also be a problem.)
Besides the confusing names, we could get a surprise sometimes since the Chinese food we ordered were totally new to us. For example, General Tso’s Chicken is always listed in the popular items in a lot of Chinese restaurants. But to be honest, I really did not know what it was when the first time I saw its name. Even though I have eaten it serveral times, I am still sure that you will never find and eat it in China. In addition, I still don’t know what the egg foo young is though I have seen the name many times but never ordered it.
I think these food are the creative outcomes of early Chinese immigrants. And the major taste of these new food is sweet and sour which more fit Americans’ taste, while most dishes in China tastes salty. I know a lot of Americans like to eat Chinese food, now I finally know they like the Americanized Chinese food, rather than the authentic Chinese food. In fact, they may not like the taste of the authentic Chinese food.
Therefore, if you want to eat the authentic Chinese food abroad, you should do the homework first, to find if the restaurant keeps the risky Chinese taste food. And a tip for foreign friends, it may not be your favorite taste, but it will be an amazing experience.