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What is your favorite Chinese food?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on March 22, 2007

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“I like General Tso’s chicken. I guess I like it because it’s always the same in all the restaurants, so I always know what I’m getting.”

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“I really like the combination fried rice because of the variety of all the ingredients they use.”

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“Crab rangoon, because it’s somewhat sweet and it doesn’t have anything too crazy in it.”

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“General’s chicken. I keep trying other things, but I always go back to it. It’s something about the sweet and spicy flavor.”


tyger_lily 10 years, 8 months ago

Beef and broccoli with steamed rice from Hy-vee. It is always fresh and the broccoli is still crisp in the center. Yummy

paladin 10 years, 8 months ago

Cow Dung. A big steaming plateful, plopped down before me. With duck sauce, of course.

denak 10 years, 8 months ago

Wow, Marion, what a totally ignorant post. It takes a really twisted mind to somehow bring in abortion when one is talking about Chinese food.

As for the Chinese culture being primitive, cruel and sub-human...hardly.

The Chinese have created some of the words greatest inventions. Anyone who cares to do a really basic search on google can find out all of the things the Chinese have contributed to our country and to the world.

However, since we are talking about food, or at least some of us were, I will leave you with one interesting fact that I found out when I did my own search.

Not only do we have the Chinese to thank for egg rolls and egg drop soup but the Chinese also created......


Always thought I had the Italians to thank for that but guess not....


John Spencer 10 years, 8 months ago

I saw a fortune cookie recenly that said "That wasn't chicken"

lmpaul 10 years, 8 months ago

Their green beans. Also Mushroon Chicken, and the Pepper Beef, and the skewered chicken. At China Buffet in Leavenworth they have steamed mussels on the shell (evenings). Yum.

cutny 10 years, 8 months ago

Wow Paladin, racist remarks before 8 AM. You must lead an extremely fulfilling life.

sunflower_sue 10 years, 8 months ago

Hmmmmmmm....Can't say that I've tried everything yet, so, I dunno. I can say that I tend not to like Chinese desserts. A dessert must contain more than a dash of sugar!

jayhawk1234 10 years, 8 months ago

i love the broccoli beef.........hold the broccoli

OldEnuf2BYurDad 10 years, 8 months ago

Wow cutny, hypersensitivity before 8 AM. You must lead an extremely fulfilling life.

KsGirl 10 years, 8 months ago

Anything refered to as chinamen...I'll order chicken fried noodles or chicken lo mein(depending on the chinamen), and of course my favorite...Chicken St Paul with cheese with a side order of shrimp.

countrygirl 10 years, 8 months ago

I have to watch how much sodium I eat, so Chinese food is a once in a great while treat for me. I love hot and sour soup and anything (well almost) in hot garlic sauce.

Bassetlover 10 years, 8 months ago

Won't touch Chinese food. Too many unknown variables are in it!

jonas 10 years, 8 months ago

Bu zhidao, keshi wo chang chang xihuan chi yi pan mongol niu rou he yi wan suan la tang.

kj 10 years, 8 months ago

What is everyones favorite chinese Restaurant in Lawrence?

countrygirl 10 years, 8 months ago

I have a friend who loves "rat on a stick". His thought is that if they can make rat taste that good, he'll eat it!

jonas 10 years, 8 months ago

kj: all the chinese resteraunts in town are subpar. there are some better ones in kc.

Grundoon Luna 10 years, 8 months ago

Cashew Chicken in Plum sauce from The Royal Peking (I think the best Chinese in town). I don't think any place else does the Plum Sauce with their Cashew Chicken. I like General Tso's Chicken also. I like most Chinese food, actually. If you are ever in Boston go to Chau Chow's (both are pronounced chow), especially for the Dim Sum buffet on Sundays. It rocks!

sgtwolverine 10 years, 8 months ago

Whoa. We went from a question about pet food to a question about Chinese food. I am concerned.

But I like sweet & sour chicken, even if the sweet & sour sauce is bright red like a radioactive substance from a 1980s B-movie.

sunflower_sue 10 years, 8 months ago

Jin Shan's buffet out on 23rd street is very good! (They even have a shushi bar,and yes, I'm aware that that's not Chinese).
I'll go dine with jayhawk1234 as I like the broccoli beef minus the beef. Bring on the fried green beans, too. General Tso's Chicken, one spring roll, one rangoon, and some dry fried pork will fill up my plate nicely. Gotta start with a couple of California rolls (American or Japanese?) and end with a coconut macaroon (country of origin?) Then I'm sick the rest of the day because I've eaten way too much! The kids like the authentic Chinese ice cream bar there.

alm77 10 years, 8 months ago

Unfortunately, after I read this article:

I'll probably never eat Chinese food again... :( Or if I do, it will be the only meal I have that day!!!

blessed3x 10 years, 8 months ago

Come on Paladin, you know that only liberals like Rosie O'Donnell can make fun of another's ethnicity and get away with it. Get with the program!

bevy 10 years, 8 months ago

Sadly, I too will be limiting my trips to the Chinese buffet after reading today's article on the health risks. I have high blood pressure so the sodium is not great for me. However, the sushi at Jin Shan is quite good - my kids love it! (fiance, the meat n taters guy, won't even try it)

I love Panda Garden, King Buffet and Royal Peking also.

Oh, and the answer to the question: Cashew Chicken or the sweet Walnut Shrimp from King Buffet.

I still remember the first time I had Chinese food. I was a senior in high school 1985 and my mom and I went to Wichita to shop. She saw a little place that was a converted hamburger drive in. You parked by the old speakers and there was a paper menu taped to the old sign. It indicated that you could wait for a server to come out, or you could come in. We went in, and I tasted my first Cashew chicken. Also my first Chinese hot tea. I couldn't drink it because it smelled like A&D ointment (diaper rash ointment). Still can't!

But I treasure the memory of that "exotic" lunch with mom, and have been a fan of Chinese food ever since.

GSWtotheheart 10 years, 8 months ago

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sunflower_sue 10 years, 8 months ago

bevy, that was a nice "mom" story. I, too, have fond memories of eating Chinese w/ mom. (Her fav is Cashew Chicken and she would rather have an egg roll than a rangoon. Loves her tea hot, and prefers the fried rice over the white.) :)

bevy 10 years, 8 months ago

I forgot - crab rangoons are a food group unto themselves. The hubby-to-be has to be reminded often that eating 6 of them at a sitting is unhealthy. But they are so GOOOOOD. Fried dough with cheese and fake seafood. Who could ask for more!

paladin 10 years, 8 months ago

I only eat good American food, made for Americans, cooked by Americans; chitlins, hamhocks, maw, black-eyed peas, turnip greens, fried catfish, fried chicken, red beans and rice, boiled okra, smothered chicken, smothered pork chops, ribs, cornbread, peach cobbler, pecan pie, and such. I fullfill my Life with these foods. If that is not poriticrry collect, so solly.

Jace 10 years, 8 months ago

Okay, nobody has mentioned this I guess I'll be the first one to do so........

Sarah, I know you're only a freshman.....but I'm assuming that means you're at least 18 years of age (and legal)............will you marry me?


P.S. LJ World person, please don't ban me.....I'm just having some (clean) fun.

Delete this post if you so choose....but, c'mon!, please don't ban me! Okay? Thanks!

Jace 10 years, 8 months ago

Oh!, and as for the question at hand (Sorry, Sarah's picture had me seriously distracted me there for.....a while!)

I try not to eat that much Chinese food......too much MSG! Headaches

Staci Dark Simpson 10 years, 8 months ago

I love Jade Mongolian BBQ. It is so cool to be able to pick the veggies you like and mix it with whatever meat and sauce you like! They also have a regular chinese buffet. Hot and Sour Soup rocks!

Ragingbear 10 years, 8 months ago

MSG is on it's way out when it comes to Chinese and other foods. However, there are still places that use it, at least in some of their dishes. The main reason it is becoming less and less popular is due to the issues around it. Many are allergic to it, others that suffer from migraines commonly find their migraines triggered from it. Some even end up in the hospital with it, thus producing potential lawsuits.

Your biggest risk of finding MSG in your food is at your Buffet style restaurants. However, I believe they are required to tell you if any of their foods contain MSG if asked. If you want to make sure that your told the truth, say "Is there any MSG in your food? Because if I eat MSG, it could put me in the hospital, and even kill me.". Gives them a bit of a thought if they think they are going to lie to you.

Soups are a popular source, as well as foods that may have been made elsewhere, and only cooked there. Spring and Egg Rolls are popular, crab rangoons and other items like that are your larger risk. Sometimes if you ask about the MSG, they may tell you that they are not sure about certain items, or that they just treat certain items. Some places even offer an MSG free version if requested. Never hurts to ask.

Don't be put off if you find yourself speaking with somebody that you believe only knows broken English. I have discovered that they understand far more than they can speak. If they can't, ask to speak with a manager or supervisor. There should be at least one person there that speaks your language well enough to be able to properly answer your question.

George likes his Kung Pao hot!

angelkids 10 years, 8 months ago

My favorite is Grilled Lemon Chicken from Peking Taste chinese buffet and Crab Rangoon from Jasmins in eudora

ohjayhawk 10 years, 8 months ago

I actually got a smart alec cookie a couple months ago. It actually made me laugh out loud. My wife was wondering what was wrong with me. It read "The fortune you seek is in another cookie."

Posted by WereAllMonkeys (anonymous) on March 22, 2007 at 7:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I saw a fortune cookie recenly that said "That wasn't chicken"

Jace 10 years, 8 months ago

Oh, sure, there are plenty of foods with MSG in them.

I don't think anybody's arguing that point.

Are they?

Grundoon Luna 10 years, 8 months ago

This is no joke. I got this jewel of wisdom one time: Beware of cookies bearing fortunes.

sunflower_sue 10 years, 8 months ago

Cool, you say MSG like it's a bad thing. All this talk of MSG inspired me to have a late lunch at Jin Shan's. One thing I left off of my list that I love...pot stickers! Yum!

I have migraines, but never had one triggered by MSG. My blood pressure (as of Saturday) was 98 over 58. (I'm gonna eat up while I still can!) :D

I know someone that has borderline high bp. About a month ago, she went on a self-imposed "sushi diet." She eats California Rolls most days for lunch (minus the soy sauce). She has also cut soda from her diet. (She used to drink 1 a day.) Her bp has come down and she has lost 13 pounds. She eats her normal breakfast and supper.

Mike Blur 10 years, 8 months ago

Remember that story about the fortune cookie with the lucky numbers, and 110 or so people played those numbers. Wouldn't you know, those numbers came up and all 110 hit the lottery on the same day! Lottery executives smelled a rat, but after investigation, could only chalk it up to the luck of the cookie!

Here's the story:

Crossfire 10 years, 8 months ago

East meets West, La Choy makes Chinese food, swing American.

Love them Raman Chicken Flsvor Noodles too.

Jace 10 years, 8 months ago

Well, it's true that foods like Campbell's soup has MSG in it. Most corn chips do too (Dorito's and Chex Mix comes to mind.)

I just know that there are plenty of Chinese foods that have MSG in it/them too.

So I don't eat Chinese food that often.....

sunflower_sue 10 years, 8 months ago

Cool, It's clear to me that you have your sarcastometer turned off. Turn it on and re-read. :) Gotta get back to my KU game...need something to raise my bp.

sunflower_sue 10 years, 8 months ago

I do, however, find it humorous that you think 13 lost pounds in less than a month insignificant. Wah? Aren't you going to say that's too much, too fast? Toxins leeching rapidly from her body? Can't be good for her health!

sgtwolverine 10 years, 8 months ago

Wait, MSG stands for Madison Square Gardens. Who's putting the Gardens in food? That's disgusting!

denak 10 years, 8 months ago

I love Peaking Taste.

Favorite foods...pretty much everything. I love the Spicy Peppered Beef and their fried potatos.

sunflower_sue 10 years, 8 months ago

That game was definitely a bp raiser! Whew! Roooooock Chaaaaaaaaalk Jaaaaaaay Haaaaaaaaaawk KKKKKKKKK UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!

sgt, Madison Square makes me think of little square chocolate covered Dolly Madison somethings. I agree...leave the nasty gardens out of it!

gbulldog 10 years, 8 months ago

I would like to have the jobs that China stole back?

Shame on Wal-Mart. They did not destroy Rubbermade. They tried. Because of Wal-Mart, Rubbermade was forced to close manufacturing plants and sell the manufacturing equipment to the highest bidder at auction. Guess who bought it and guess where it went. Frontline did an excellant story about this.

As a result, China now has a hugh surplus, and the USA has a deficit.

I like chineese food. And it is can be very healthy. But the way of cooking and what they had to cook evolved because of the lifestyle forced upon the common folk by the powerfull. Suggest you read books by Pearl Buck who grew up in China.

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