Note that they are called “Chinese American restaurants”, not “Chinese restaurants”. This is because they serve Chinese American food, which is slightly different from what we have here in
Some of the most common Chinese American dishes are:
beef and broccoli
kong poh chicken
General Zuo’s chicken (左宗棠鸡)
egg foo yong
Beef and broccoli is served in nearly every Chinese American restaurant, and it clearly shows the American influence – Americans are heavy beef eaters, and broccoli is the most popular vegetable in the States.
Of course, no meal in Chinese American restaurant is complete without the ubiquitous fortune cookies.
Did I miss anything? Yes, I couldn’t find any Chinese American restaurant which served fried fish or steamed fish.
Now, I know many people will complain that Chinese American food is not authentic. But who cares? After all, Chinese Malaysians have also invented Malayan Scenery (马来风光), Hainanese chicken rice and bak kut teh (肉骨茶).