NYTimes reporter Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her culinary mission for the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes, that in many cases aren’t really either one and in others have combined to form a new cuisine.
Let me present the question to you: If our benchmark for Americanness is apple pie, you should ask yourself, how often do you eat apple pie, versus how often do you eat Chinese food..If you think about it, a lot of the foods that Americans think of as Chinese food are barely recognizable to Chinese. For example, I took a whole bunch of fortune cookies back to China, gave them to Chinese to see how they would react.
What is this? Should I try it? Try it! What is it called? Fortune cookie. There’s a piece of paper inside! What is this? You’ve won a prize! What is this? It’s a fortune! Tasty!
So, where are they from? The short answer is, actually, they’re from Japan.
Watch the video for an educational and amusing 16 minutes.