Please allow me to rant a bit as I have no where else left to turn.
I grew up just outside of NYC in NJ. Great pizza, the BEST bagels, and great Americanized Chinese. When I say Americanized I mean egg rolls the size of a small burrito, shrimp with lobster sauce, and those great big spare ribs. As I grew and traveled I discovered the "other " Chinese food. The Chinatowns of London, New York, and Boston. This food is sublime, healthy, and simple. Tonight's example. A Boston place called The Best Little Restaurant. Seafood with XO sauce that I knew probably only had 6 ingredients. Shrimp and tofu hotpot - beautiful. Simple, and you can taste every ingredient. Nothing is greasy or "gloppy".
I attest that I have never been to Asia, so authenticity is not my concern. My problem is why can't we have this outside of Chinatown? Yes there are the exceptions, but we are eating food that I don't see as any better than McD's. As an ex-chef I can tell you that this stuff is not rocket science. A 900 degree burner and some fresh ingredients is all that is needed. Has the American palette been so horribly corrupted and degraded that this is considered "food"? I can barely enjoy our town's "best" Chinese restaurant's hot and sour soup. I feel like going there or going to Subway is about the same. And please understand I live in a very liberal NE town with many good food options. The sad part is if someone opened a Chinatown style restaurant here, I'm not so sure it would do that well.