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Chinese Food - General and SW Conn/Westchester

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Chinese Food - General and SW Conn/Westchester

adamclyde | Jul 19, 2003 08:21 AM

OK, I have what is probably a very ignorant question. (The second part of this query is particular to this board). Why do 99% of Chinese take-outs feature the exact same food - that really sugary, gloppy comfort food-y stuff? I mean, they even have the same shape of pre-cut vegetables (you know, the lightning-shape carrots). My assumption is that they cater to the masses of people who are looking for that kind of take-out? At what point did that version of Chinese food become to standard? And do these kind of chinese take outs all purchase their food pre-fab from Sysco or something? It seems really odd to me that there isn't a higher-percentage of take-out places that feature dishes a little truer to their origins. Don't get me wrong, sometimes I'm in the mood for a gloppy General Tsao's, but sometimes I'm in the mood for a really good chinese mean akin to what I'd find at some of the places like Chinatown...

OK, so the natural progression is: do you know where - in lower Fairfield county or northing Westchester, I can find a good, down & dirty chinese restaurant? I know there are a lot of higher-end places in Greenwich and the like that have a fusion menu, but I'm looking more for tips on places that serve chinese food free from the bounds of american sugar glop.

Any ideas?

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