Dixie’s off to the lake with the kids today, so I decided to wander down to the mall and eat something at the food court. I opted for the Famous Wok (have you heard of it?).
I sat down at the table with my meal and suddenly I saw before me an incongruency I had not noticed before. My meal:
- Chow mein noodles
- Kung pow chicken
- Chicken balls
One of these things is not like the others . . .
Now, I have been informed by those in the know that the Chinese food we find in North American chain restaurants is not really Chinese food at all—such that it is actually, I suppose, “Chinese” food. And I know that they’ve got Coke over there, too, but it seems like such a classic North American drink.
Any time I eat Chinese food, I wash it down with a tasty beverage such Coke, coffee, tea (I guess that’s Chinese), beer or water. Have you ever had Chinese food with a cup of . . . I don’t know . . . Hung Chu? OK, I made that one up, but here’s a real one: Wuliangye, which is a Chinese liquor of one kind or another.
My point: when was the time you saw a “Chinese” food chain offer a non-American drink (aside from tea)? I won’t find hamburgers or steak at Famous Wok; why do I find Coke and Motts Clamato?