SR What do you think of Chinese restaurants in America compared to Chinese restaurants in China?
CW It depends on where you’re talking about. In broad America, the Chinese food is pretty different from that of China. In places like Los Angeles and pockets of New York… it’s much more alike
SR I’m thinking of the best ones in Los Angeles.
CW It’s definitely cleaner here that’s for sure. In Los Angeles, the food quality is pretty similar. The major difference would be the price and variety. The selections are also pretty similar. The set-up in American Chinese restaurants is obviously different than the ones in China so that influences things a lot
SR I have never been to a Chinese restaurant in America that resembles a high-end Chinese restaurant in Beijing
CW In Los Angeles — there are a couple high-end Canto restaurants. They typically are your seafood + dim sum banquet types. Lunasia is a great example.
SR What do you mean by the set up?
CW Well in China, a lot of the restaurants are literally hole-in-the-walls. There isn’t that much of a standard in terms of being neat and sanitary.
SR There is vastly more range in China, both better and worse
CW In the rural countrysides, it’s out of people’s homes. But in America, everyone has to have at least some degree of sanitation.
SR Chinese restaurants in China are more playful. Like a toilet restaurant, for example. (more…)