Jews love Chinese food. Jennifer Lee argues further that Chinese food is now the typical American food in general. Why? Because there are more Chinese restaurants in the United States than all of the KFCs, Burger Kings, and McDonalds combined!
I had terrific fun reading Lee’s book, packed with astonishing facts about Chinese cuisine in America. Chinese fortune cookies were a Japanese invention in the early 1900’s in California. Chop suey, also invented in America, quickly became the most popular food to eat in New York City restaurants by 1900. And, one of my favorites, a chapter dealing with how Chinese immigrants became rich by effectively taking chicken McNuggets and slathering them with a sweet and spicy Asian-tasting sauce suited to American tastes — General Tso’s chicken. The good General never tasted it in China.
Lee also includes chapters on why Jews gravitate to Chinese food, and about the famous kosher duck scandal of 1989 in Washington D.C., when ducks of “mysterious provenance” made their way to a famous kosher Chinese restaurant which then was shut down in disgrace.
If you like Chinese food, this book is a must read.