with all the debates on chowhound about chinese restaurants (you know, the gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair when it comes to "authentic" vs. you know what, dim sum vs. banquet fare, regional variants, etc.) i'm often left wondering what chinese, or maybe specifically chinese- (north) americans, grew up eating at home. what's the good stuff that's not in the restaurants?
i guess i'm asking folks what chinese home cooking is. what did moms and grandmoms (or the boys, too) make for weekend meals, weekday dinners, and special occasions? what is left to the professionals, and what are the rest of us missing out on? what do the people with cantonese backgrounds eat at home? people from shanghai, beijing, wherever else?
and is scrambled eggs with tomato really ubiquitious across the board? so simple, but one version i had at a friend's house years ago is still on my mind.