Pea Tips and Spicy Pig's Ear
Thirty years ago, General Tso's heady dose of ginger and garlic and crisp, flash-sauteed broccoli was an exciting change from the pale, bland, slimy chop suey and chow mein that dominated Chinese menus. Now they're all in the same boat, dismissed with a sniff by food sophisticates as "Americanized."
As long as I've lived in Ann Arbor, I've heard rumors that you can get authentic off-menu Chinese food here if you know where to look. Though my editor reminded me that what one culture considers authentic does not necessarily align with what another culture considers tasty, I decided the time had come to finally chase those rumors.
So where do Chinese people go for Chinese food in Ann Arbor? And what do they order and why?
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a self-described ABC--American-born Chinese. Bilingual in Chinese and English, and well traveled in Asia, she writes and speaks widely on Asian-American issues and Chinese culture, including contributing reviews of family events to the Observer.