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American Chinese cuisine

American Chinese cuisine (什碎館) is a style of cooking served by many Chinese restaurants in the United States and not considered authentic Chinese cuisine by native Chinese.

Restaurants serving American Chinese cuisine are mainly run by early Chinese immigrants (dated back to the 19th century) and their descendants who cater to the taste of the Americans. With more and more new immigrants from China, more authentic Chinese cuisines are available in major cities. However, so-called 'mom and pop' restaurants and diners in smaller towns are still selling dishes such as chop suey, created in the United States, and egg foo young.

The fortune cookie was an American invention from these restaurants. However, fortune cookies are so popular in the US that even authentic Chinese restaurants serve them as end of the meal snacks.

See also: cuisine, Chinese cuisine, cooking

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