6 Popular ‘Chinese Dishes’ Only in the USA

by Mayniaga

1. General Tso’s Chicken

Hunan-born Chef Peng Chang-kuei reportedly crafted General Tso’s chicken in 1952 for a US naval delegation banquet in Taiwan. He named it after General Tso to honor the renowned Hunanese leader.

2. Chop Suey

Chop Suey, meaning "Odds & Ends," became a common dish in Chinese-American restaurants, originating as a utilization of leftovers.

3. Fortune Cookies

Fortune cookies, emblematic of American Chinese cuisine, are absent in China. Inspired by Japanese omikuji senbei, they hold a hidden fortune.

4. Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken is a beloved dish featuring deep-fried chicken coated in soy sauce, chili, garlic, and toasted white sesame seeds.

5. Egg Foo Young

Egg foo young, likened to a Chinese omelet, likely evolved from fu yung egg slices, a complex dish in Cantonese cuisine, translating to "lotus egg."

6. Moo Shu Pork

Moo Shu Pork (Muxu Rou) exists in China but differs from its Western version, lacking the pancake component.

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