#TastyTuesday: What To Eat On Lunar (Chinese) New Year

Happy Lunar New Year! Or, as many people call it, Chinese New Year.

Considering the holiday, there's a good chance that you're gonna go out and buy some Chinese food today.

(Or, if you want to be a show off like @ForkReporter , you make it yourself.)

If you want your meal to be as authentic as possible, there's a ton of favorite "Chinese food" dishes that aren't Chinese food at all.

  • Crab Wontons - They may be tasty, but they have cheese. Since most people in China are lactose intolerant, this clearly isn't authentic.
  • General Tso's Chicken - What? A military leader wasn't a cook?
  • Chop Suey - Apparently it started out when a Chinese cook whipped it up as a spit towards Americans and it stuck...
  • Pu Pu Platter - It has beef teriyaki, which isn't a Chinese thing...
  • Sweet n Sour Pork/Chicken - Sorry, but it has Southern roots.
  • Egg Rolls - They just aren't Chinese.
  • Beef & Broccoli - Big surprise, but Western broccoli doesn't grow in the East.
  • Fortune Cookies - Want a real Chinese dessert? Eat an orange.

 

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