Today, the diversity of our diet is far greater than at any time in history. Even in a humble town, you can find Indian restaurants, Japanese sushi restaurants, or Chinese takeaway restaurants on both sides of the street. In larger cities, there are special African bread, Korean bibimbap, Jordanian tomato paste sauce, Chinese Sichuan Mapo tofu, Mexican chili sauce, pasta, Vietnamese rice noodles and other international cuisines.
However, the foreign dishes in your mind are often invented not far from your home. In its country of origin, these delicacies often do not exist.
For example, in the United States and many other countries, “Zuo Zongtang Chicken” is the most popular Chinese dish. This dish is found in Chinese restaurants from San Francisco to Omaha, from Nebraska to London: the so-called “traditional Chinese cuisine” made from crispy fried chicken nuggets with sugar gorgon sauce.
But the British gourmet and chef Fu Xia discovered in Hunan, China, where this dish is known as its origin, that no one has ever heard of “Zuo Zongtang Chicken. In fact, people in other parts of China have never heard of this dish, and its taste is not similar to authentic Hunan cuisine.
Zuo Zongtang is a real historical figure, but according to historical records, Zuo Zongtang did not have any special interest in fried chicken until his death. Fu Xia wrote that Hunan chef Peng Changgui, the inventor of this Chinese dish, was the one who tied the name of General Zuo Zongtang to the fried chicken nuggets.
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The 2014 documentary “Looking for Zuo Zongtang” explored the origin of this dish and showed the picture of the currently popular version of “Zuo Zongtang Chicken” to the then 96-year-old Peng Changgui. He looked at the photo and mumbled: “It’s just a nonsense.” The
other delicious Chinese dish “Chow Mein Sandwich” has the same story. This dish is made with fried noodles topped with dark sauce between two slices of bread. Since the middle of the 20th century, Chinese restaurants in the Fall River area of Massachusetts, south of Boston, have been popular for this cheap lunch dish that can provide enough calories.
“Zuo Zongtang Chicken”
In other parts of the world, stir-fried chop suey is made by using bean sprouts, shredded pork and an endless variety of vegetables as raw materials, and then topping it with thick gorgon sauce. It has even become synonymous with assorted cooking methods. American chop suey is made of macaroni, ground beef and various vegetables, which is very popular.
The creativity of the hungry guys is not limited to Chinese cuisine. It is generally believed that chicken curry nuggets stewed with golden curry sauce and chicken nuggets is an Indian dish, but in fact it was invented in the United Kingdom-the most famous claims about the origin of chicken curry nuggets are actually wrong. of. Reporter Mark Hay correctly explained the source of the curry chicken nuggets in a detailed feature article he published on the food website Roads and Kingdoms.
Even the delicious pizza is completely different from the time when the Italians just immigrated to the United States in the 19th century. At that time, the pizza was just bread for hunger. In the years that followed, it gradually evolved into a kind of crispy pasta, covered with various vegetables, fruits and meat, and then sprinkled with melted cheese. It became a symbol of Italian cuisine.
However, this kind of pizza is very different from the Italian pizza. Academia even uses the term “pizza effect” to describe this phenomenon: when a thing leaves its place of origin, it undergoes a complete change (and becomes an important part of the culture of the place), but when it returns to its place of origin, Confused the locals.
There are no losers in the food competition. A dish will become a completely different new dish according to the tastes of the locals, and even become a classic delicacy. Wouldn’t it be better if the “authentic” version of this dish became popular again?
It is undeniable that the results of the food competition may be ridiculous. If you go to China, you might as well see if you can find dishes that are similar to the “fried chop suey” story in the “foreign cuisine” section of the restaurant. Maybe you can find so-called exotic western dishes that are the same as your mother’s in your memory—a plate of fried rice with seasonal vegetables and American cheese.