Time to Celebrate and Bang your Drum..Happy Chinese New Year at Fu Lam Mum!

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Chinese New Year 2016  is the Year of the Monkey

The Monkey’s Traits: Sharp, Smart…

People born in a year of the Monkey are witty, intelligent, and have a magnetic personality. Personality traits, like mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness, make them very naughty. Monkeys are masters of practical jokes, because they like playing most of the time. Though they don’t have any bad intentions, their pranks sometimes hurt the feelings of others. Monkeys are fast learners and crafty opportunists.

They have many interests and need partners who are capable of stimulating them. While some like the eccentric nature of Monkeys, some don’t trust their sly, restless, and inquisitive nature. Although they are clever and creative, monkeys can’t always exhibit their talent properly. Monkeys like to take challenges and they prefer urban life to rural.

How “Monkeys” Should Keep Healthy

Usually Monkeys are very healthy, partly due to their active lifestyles, and wanting to experience the flavors of life. If they do experience illness, it is usually of the nervous or circulatory system. People born in a year of the Monkey often spend more time at work. Therefore Monkeys need to remember to take breaks to save their energy during their busy schedules. Since Monkeys usually do more outdoor activities, they should pay attention to safety, and while traveling or driving.

The Best Jobs and Careers for Monkeys

When it comes to their careers, Monkeys work very hard. They can adapt to different working environments. Good career choices for monkeys are accounting and banking, science, engineering, stock market trading, air traffic control, film directing, jewelry, and salesmanship.

How to Build Relationships with “Monkeys”

In relationships, Monkeys are not very quick in settling down, as they tend to be promiscuous and are easily bored. However, once Monkeys get a perfect partner, they commit to him/her in every possible way. Since Monkeys love to talk and are sociable, they can be communicated with easily.(chinahighlights.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Fu Lam Mum – Mountain View, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Egg Flower Soup, Fish Fillet with Black Bean Sauce, Beef short ribs with black pepper honey sauce, Yu Choy with Garlic, BBQ Pork Fried Rice

Happy Chinese New Year Everyone!

I know I’m posting this as a belated New Year wishing, but how could I post this before I can even celebrate the New Year my silly humorous friends.

Anywho..

We non Asian American’s may not celebrate in the full heart of the meaning of Chinese New Year but we definitely try.

Being that my wife is Chinese, it makes me personally try to celebrate it even harder.

What better way to celebrate Chinese New Year than with unique authentic  Chinese food from Hong Kong.

Our Chinese New Year celebration meal will begin at Fu Lam Mum!

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Chinese Cuisine that will make Your Day when you Dine at Chin’s Gourmet!

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The experience of dining in China is far different than eating at restaurants in America. Manners and menus are almost entirely opposite.

Menus in China are usually illustrated hardback books, in which almost every single dish has a picture. That means a menu typically has around 20 pages, lined with beautiful photos. Chinese people order food according to the picture, not necessarily the written description in menus.
Furthermore, each table is typically only given one menu, and when the menu is placed before them, the waiter stands next to the table ready to write down the order. You do not sit at the table and talk for several minutes before ordering; you order when you sit almost immediately
In China, people are used to dining in noisy environments, which is considered welcoming and joyful. So, if you need to call a waiter in China, call loudly. Very loudly. Shout “Waiter” and wave your hand. Since there is no tipping in China, every person is your table’s waiter, and it’s appropriate to stop anyone in the restaurant and ask them for something. This is not rude, it is expected! (attractchina.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Chin’s Gourmet – Temecula, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

8.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Red Red Shrimp, Hunan Beef, Egg Flower Soup

A couple months ago I was in Temecula, Ca to attend my son’s Pop Warner football event.

As I was driving down the street I noticed a large  artistic looking restaurant smack down on the corner that drew my attention.

My wife and I were famished and needed something that would be flavorful and filling at the same time.

What better than some Chinese cuisine..

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Get ready to Crack open your Jaws when dining at Ma’s!!

fried chicken, edamame, hot and sour soup, deep fried fish spicy garlic sauce,  chicken fried rice

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Most Americans love Chinese food, whether dining in a restaurant or from a slew of those little, folded white takeout boxes with the wire handle. However, the Chinese food found in most casual Chinese restaurants in the U.S. is very far removed from the authentic cuisine eaten daily by most people living in China.

There are many differences between authentic Chinese cuisine and Westernized Chinese food. From ingredients to cooking methods to popular dishes, the differences are numerous. In general, Westernized Chinese food is considered to be more bland and fattening than authentic Chinese food.

While you can likely find authentic Chinese restaurants or authentic dishes in restaurants around the country, most U.S. Chinese restaurants offer Westernized Chinese food. While Westernized dishes are far removed from the authentic dishes they once were, some Western Chinese food dishes are actually a complete invention!(restaurants.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Ma’s Restaurant – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

$11- $30

Rating (1-10)

8.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Fried Chicken, Fried Fish with Garlic Sauce, Hot and Sour Soup, Chicken Fried Rice

Chinese food is a great tasty exotic meal for those that are used to eating hamburgers and hot dogs all day.

Most American’s are used to eating the sweet and sour pork, egg rolls and Kung Pao chicken but there is a distinct difference from eating the Westernized version versus the Authentic version.

I have to say that I like both but sometimes I actually like the Westernized versions better. The way the food is made in the Westernized versions tend to have more flavors that us Americans are adapted to.

However, once you get your taste buds adapted to the Western version and you want to try food more fresh and modern, then the Authentic version is the way to go.

Ma’s is a great place to eat some Authentic Chinese food!

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I must be deranged for not eating more PF Chang’s!

BBQ Spare Ribs, Shaking Beef, Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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The first Chinese immigrants to the U.S. came mostly from the city of Taishan in the southeast coastal province of Guangdong. It was an area of China ravaged by rebellion, with little economic opportunity and a humble food culture. The cuisine consisted primarily of basic stir-fries with rice and vegetables, plus whatever meat was available. Flavor profiles veered toward the sweeter end. This fare established the foundation of Chinese food in America. The effects of this immigration wave in the United States, from an economic standpoint, were seen immediately.

By 1865, the rice industry in California was worth over a million dollars a year, and at $6 a sack, it was listed in a California store’s inventory as one of the most expensive items along with tea, gin, and oil. The primary consumers were, of course, the Chinese. The second major immigration wave came during the 1960s, ushering in different regional cuisines that began to shape the classic American-Chinese dishes we know today. Chefs mostly hailed from Taiwan and Hong Kong, and they introduced recipes for kung pao chicken, moo shu pork, and orange chicken—based off of Sichuan, Beijing, and Hunan dishes, respectively.(firstwefeast.com)

Today’s Restaurant

PF Chang’s – Sunnyvale,Ca 

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

BBQ Spare Ribs, Shaking Beef, Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chinese food has always been a delight in my house.

Ever since we were kids back in the 80’s, my mom would bring us Chinese food home for dinner and those were some of our most cheerful nights.

Sweet and sour pork, egg rolls, chow mein, beef broccoli and orange chicken.

This was pretty much what my mom ordered every time she brought the food home and then we would all sit around the TV and watch our 8 o’clock shows dining on some good ol Chinese food.

Today, it’s time to bring some of these memories back on a journey to PF Chang’s!

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Chinese Fast Food at it’s Best at Panda Express!

Chinese Spare Ribs, Orange Chicken, Beef Broccoli, Brown Rice

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Did you know….

The foundations for what we know as Chinese food were laid in the mid-1800s, when a huge influx of Chinese immigrants came to California during the Gold Rush, mostly from Canton (today known as Guangzhou). The newcomers started opening restaurants, and eventually began settling elsewhere thanks to the railroad expansion. That resulted in the establishment of Chinatowns all over the place (never forget, Jack Nicholson!).

In the 1920s, Chinese food started to catch on among the bohemians (who sometimes ate the food before it was cool… and burned the roofs of their mouths). It wasn’t until after World War II that it started to become more mainstream. Chinese chefs would often have two menus: one for Chinese people and one for Americans… but as its popularity grew, the American-tailored menu came to dominate.(thrillist.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Panda Express – Capitol and McKee Rd. San Jose,Ca

Average Cost

Less than $10 for 3 items and a side

Rating (1-10)

8.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Chinese Spare Ribs, Orange Chicken,Beef Brocolloi

Chinese food is a delightful meal that I have grown up with and it will always have a special place in my heart.

My mom used to bring Chinese food for dinner in the 80’s when she came home from work and we would always indulge in the sweet flavors of sweet and sour pork, or orange chicken and crunchy egg rolls.

I used to love dipping my egg rolls into sweet and sour sauce and then slurping chow mein while biting into the many different items that she was able to buy for us three growing teenagers without going broke.

“Hey Trev, that fast food Chinese Food is not authentic Chinese.. You American’s are fooling yourselves!”

“My dear Asian friend, I understand your point as I enjoy both sides of the coin..I’m going to talk about the American style Chinese food today. We’ll talk authentic on my next run..”

Anywhooo..

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I’ll Bounce in a Hydraulic 4 Door Coupe for Some Tasty Egg Flower Soup!

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The first Chinese restaurants in America served authentic Chinese dishes with modifications borne from necessity. They were known as “chow chow” restaurants, marked by triangular yellow flags and known for their cheap prix-fixe specials and all-you-can-eat dollar menus. The eateries were created by the Chinese for the Chinese, using local ingredients that were available to them. These substitutions occurred mostly in the vegetable department: broccoli for kailan; carrots, peas, and white button mushrooms in place of mustard greens or shiitakes.

The restaurants became a target of ridicule by Westerners who cringed at the thought of eating whole animals, poultry feet, and bird’s nest. Rumors spread that the Chinese were consuming rats and dogs. The restaurants were quickly dismissed as barbaric. The tide eventually shifted. Around the 1880s in New York City, a growing community of bohemian writers and intellectuals began to embrace the exoticism of the food (and readily welcomed chop suey’s 63-cent price tag). By the end of the 20th century, chow chow restaurants could be found in every major city.(firstwefeast.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Mandarin Gourmet – San Jose,Ca

Average Cost

Around $13-$15 per plate

Rating (1-10)

8.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Egg Flower Soup, General Tso’s Chicken, Broccoli Beef

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No offense to Panda Express but authentic Chinese food is at it’s best. 

Better than all the rest.. 

The one dish that puts all off brand Chinese food to the test.

It will definitely put some real hair on your chest.

In an all out food fest!

If any of you reading this has had an opportunity to dine at an authentic Chinese food restaurant then you know there is a difference between Chinese fast food compared to authentic Chinese food.

Authentic Chinese food is lighter, has an environment of elegant dining and the best way to know if you are at the right place is if there are a lot of Chinese people eating there.

“Hey Trev, Are you being racist? Why did you say that tons of Chinese people have to eat there in order for it to be truly authentic?”

“My sweet judgmental friend, my fiance is 100% Chinese and I got this information from her so calm down..I am for the people and the man of the people…Just making sure you know the real deal. No holds barred!”

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