This is a hybrid posting, a cross between a question and some tips. I am a native New York City boy and got into food mostly through experiences eating great Chinese food( my dad was a doctor and had, in his lab a techician/angle named Josephine Lu who introduced our families to authentic Chinese food with banquets that she and her husband arranged through TT Wang at Shun Lee Dynasty in NYC).
Now that I live in the New Haven area I am usually frustrated by the lack of real and authentic Chinese cuisine. Most of what we get here is what a friend of mine calls, " Chinese Mafia Menu" which is the unvarying General this and that Chicken which is usually gloppy, sweet, batter-fried and somewhat repulsive. I've discovered two newish New Haven restaurants, Royal Palace in the Ninth square district (downtown) and Eastern Pearl (Westville, recently renovated and reopened), that have gotten at least a little of the message and are beginning to offer translated versions of their "Chinese" menus to Western diners. There have been some notable items, such as a pork shoulder braised for seven hours in Chinese spices ( get there early and order fast because they only have a few orders of it a night). I've recently discovered that there is a new population of Chinese immigrants from the Fujian region of China that have opened quite a few Restaurants and take out-joints in the area. Some operate another newish restaurant in Guilford called Zhang's. The food there was pretty good but when I asked one of the proprietors if she would ever consider offering some native Fujianese dishes, she looked at me as if I had offered her a Florida ballot. I am always frustrated by my inability to speak Chinese, but here I really wish I could have convinced her, but I think the Chinese Mafia have already had their effect. If anyone knows of any unusual Chinese restaurants in the area I would love to learn of them. Also, if any Fujianese are reading this, please get to Zhang's and convince them to put at least a few native dishes on the menu. Very curious.