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Americanized Chinese food just like in the 1970s?

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Americanized Chinese food just like in the 1970s?

lebron | Jan 11, 2007 06:47 AM

Inspired by the ongoing thread trashing Wo Hop...

With all the discussion about Americanized Chinese food on that thread, I figured I might as well ask something I've been wondering about for a while...

Which places serve the best, authentically unauthentic, dumbed-down-but-good Chinese-American food? I'm not being sarcastic here. And I realize many of you believe a "good" version of this much-maligned subcuisine doesn't exist. But hear me out. Normally I avoid Chinese-American places like the plague and go for the authentic + regional food in Queens and elsewhere, but every once in a while I get a craving for the old-school dishes from the bad old days.

You know, stuff like moo shoo pork (my favorite dish as a kid), moo goo gai pan, General Tso's chicken, and chow fun. I realize that a place like NY Noodletown most likely serves chow fun but as far as I know they don't serve a dish like moo shoo pork.

So my question is, is there a place that actually does a good job at these bastardized dishes? Someplace other than Wo Hop, which I agree is terrible. I realize the snobbery factor might come into play with some of your responses, but no matter, fire away; I'm not ashamed to admit I crave this food every once in a (long) while, even if it's mainly due to nostalgia.

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