8 Real Chinese Dishes You Should Order Instead Of The American Knockoffs

Jennifer Polland

Most Chinese people have never even heard of a General Tsao, and are completely befuddled by the overly sauced fried chicken dish that Americans know as General Tsao's chicken. 

In fact, authentic Chinese food almost looks nothing like American Chinese food. It varies tremendously by region: Sichuan cuisine is spicy, Shangdong cuisine is generally salty and crispy, and Cantonese cuisine is sweet, for example. 

Here are 8 real Chinese dishes you should order instead of the American knock-offs.

Instead of crab rangoon, order Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings): 

Instead of egg rolls, order cong you bing (scallion pancakes):

Instead of General Tsao's chicken, order Peking duck:

Instead of beef with broccoli, order yu xiang rou si (shredded pork in hot garlic sauce):

Instead of sesame chicken, order la zi ji (chicken with chillies): 

Instead of lo mein, order zha jiang mian: 

Instead of wonton soup, try shrimp dumpling soup:

Instead of fortune cookies, order oranges:

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