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Westerners' favorite Chinese dishes that you won't find anywhere in China

By Du Juan | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-02-20 16:21

The following dishes, labeled Chinese food, are very popular in some western Chinese restaurants, but ask anyone in China and you'll get a blank look, unless they've studied or worked outside the country.

Beef and broccoli

Westerners' favorite Chinese dishes that you won't find anywhere in China

Chinese eat beef, Chinese eat broccoli, but they never eat beef and broccoli together. On the other hand, we love fried broccoli -- just the flowering green vegetable fried in soybean oil, sometimes with an added hit of chili. As for beef, we Chinese would prefer it stewed with potatoes or tomatoes.

General Tso's chicken

Westerners' favorite Chinese dishes that you won't find anywhere in China

Whenever non-Chinese try to discuss Chinese cuisine, they can't avoid this dish. General Tso's chicken is beloved by many of our western friends, but it really has nothing to do with Chinese food. By "Chinese food" here, I mean the food popular at least in one part of China. After all, it's often difficult for a food to be loved across China thanks to its vast land and food variety.

The sweet chicken dish's origins have been frequently discussed online and I won't bother to detail it here. What I can assure you is that natives in Hunan, General Tso's hometown, have never heard of and will never be interested in this so-called Hunan dish.

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