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Tips for crappy American Chinese

Ernie Diamond | Jan 27, 2010 12:24 PM

So the owners of the local Chinese restaurant in my adopted town of Backwards, Ohio are from Fujian. I am having trouble convincing them that I am not only willing, but eager to try more traditional foods than the American offerings of gloppy chicken.

Now, I understand fully their reluctance to serve me "off menu" but I wonder whether anyone has general tips for such a problem. Are there items in your typical family-run American-Chinese restaurant that are more likely to be made in-house and with care, eg. dumplings? Is there a way of tweaking an order so you get something closer to the genuine article? Is it just a matter of befreinding the owner? What is a delicate way to say, "Where are you from and will you serve me that food?"

I expect this is a classic problem for the uninitiated so classic solutions are welcome.

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