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According to GrubHub, the ten most popular Chinese dishes in America are General Tso’s chicken, crab rangoon, egg roll, sesame chicken, wonton soup, fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, orange chicken, hot and sour soup, and pot stickers. All of these dishes are fairly straightforward, with their ingredients and what diners can expect, but there are so many other delicious Americanized Chinese dishes available. Read on for more tasty food available on most Chinese menus and what to expect.
Moo Goo Gai Pan – This stir-fried dish usually comes with chicken and assorted vegetables including mushrooms, carrots, water chestnuts, snow peas, or bamboo shoots.
Egg Foo Young – Egg foo young is like a Chinese omelet which can include meat and vegetables and can be served with a gravy-like sauce.
Hunan Pork – Hunan chicken, ham, or pork are distinguished with a strong spicy flavor with chili pepper and garlic. Hunan pork is the dish that is offered most often on Americanized Chinese restaurant menus, though, and can be served with broccoli, onions, carrot, bamboo shoots, and other vegetables.
Moo Shu Chicken/Pork/Beef – Moo shu chicken, pork, or beef consists of the meat stir-fried with cabbage, carrots, egg, bamboo shoots, and onion with garlic and soy sauce. The vegetables are cut into long, thin strips before being cooked, and the final cooked meat and vegetable mixture is served with thin moo shu wrappers, similar to tortillas.
Chop Suey – Chop suey can be served with chicken, beef, or pork and can include cabbage, snow peas, and other crunchy vegetables. The vegetables are not cooked as long as other Chinese dishes, so that they are still crunchy when served. Ingredients are cooked with a sauce thickened with corn starch.
Kung Pao – Kung pao chicken, beef, or pork is a spicy dish with peanuts, garlic, ginger, and chili peppers. Sometimes, it is cooked with orange juice.
Mongolian Beef – Mongolian beef is simply sliced flank steak that is stir-fried and served with scallions.
Chow Fun – Chow fun consists of meat or tofu cooked with vegetables (usually bean sprouts and onions) and thin, wide noodles.
Mai Fun – Mai fun, as opposed to chow fun, are thin rice noodles, often compared to angel hair noodles. Mai fun can be ordered with a meat and mix of stir-fried vegetables.
Lo Mein – Lo mein is a thicker wheat flour noodle and can be ordered with meat or tofu and a mixture of vegetables which can include carrots, onions, and bean sprouts.