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Chicago Chinese Food vs NY Chinese Food

Paul B | May 11, 200211:11 AM

Top 10 reasons Why Chinese Food is better in New York

1) Free Almond Cookies
2) They call it duck sauce instead of sweet and sour sauce
3)In NY, as soon as you sit down, they bring a bowl of thick and crispy fried noodles with duck sauce and hot mustard for dipping- Here in Chicago, this is virtually non-existent (except Best Hunan in Vernon Hills)- In Chicago, they charge 75 cents for that wax paper bag of deep-fried spaghetti described as chow-mein noodles
4)Since when are Zucchini and Carrots Chinese Vegetables???? ok, so they do occasionaly throw in some bok choy here!
5)Pistachio Ice Cream w red cherries- served in those little silver cups- non-existent here, plus in NY ice cream is usually complimentary w dinner
6)Tea is also complimentary and you don't have to ASK FOR IT!!!, and they keep bringing it, and bringing it, and bringing it
7)You can be served a 6 course meal in less than 37 minutes (vs. 43 minutes in Chicago)
8) In NY, you can choose 2 from column A, and 1 from Column B- or vice versa for an additional $1.95
There are no columns here!!!!
9) The Wonton soup actually has other things in it (pork, scallion, bok choy, etc...) besides chicago's bland version w/ 3 wontons and chicken broth
10)Well, you've made it this far!!! I must also add that all these Chinese fast food places in the loop serve up some of the most bland, greasy chinese food I've ever eaten- who cares that the portions are big!!!!

Any Recomendations????

The only decent Chinese I've had here has been the aforementioned Best Hunan in Vernon Hills, and the Fortune Cookie in Palatine- but I live in Chicago and don't want to drive 40 miles for good Chinese- Everything I've tried in Chinatown is on the bland (Cantonese) side as well!!!!!!!!!

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