A Chinese Restaurant Is Going Viral For Its Extremely Honest Menu Descriptions

“Anyway, I am not big fan of North American Chinese food and it’s your call,” the owner writes

Restaurants reviews are helpful because they can offer a wealth of free information, especially if they are given by actual customers and not paid reviewers or owners’ families. Rarely do you expect very honest information about the quality and flavor of menu items from a restaurant owner themselves. Unless you dine at Aunt Dai.

Owners are typically famous for overselling and promising flavors that you’ve never experienced in any past dining experience. While some live up to the hype, oftentimes food can fall flat, which is a hit to your palate and your wallet. But one Montreal Chinese restaurant owner decided to give youths humble, extremely honest opinions of his food — and they’re so funny, they’ve since gone viral.

The owner has been at this for years, but it wasn’t until

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What to Order from the “Secret” Menu at Chinese Restaurants

 

Chinese takeout is a weekend staple in America, but did you know that there’s a whole other side of Chinese food you’ve been missing this whole time? Turns out, the sesame chicken and shrimp lo mein that litter our coffee tables on Friday nights are not classic Chinese dishes. American Chinese food is often stickier, sweeter, and unhealthier than traditional dishes.

Ready for another surprise? Check out the reason why you’ll never find Chinese takeout boxes in China.

But have no fear! Turns out, plenty of Chinese restaurants actually have a “secret” menu that they give to Chinese people and fluent speakers. This menu includes traditional Chinese dishes that are bursting with more texture, flavor, and nutrients than the American-Chinese food that we’re familiar with. Here’s how to get in on all the authentic goodness:

Make sure you’re in an authentic Chinese restaurant

Many places have wide menus to

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Restaurant chain in China apologizes for suggesting menu items based on customer weight

A Chinese food buffet. 

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  • A chain restaurant in China apologized for weighing customers for food recommendations, CNN reported.

  • The popular Hunan chain Chuiyan Fried Beef asked customers to step on a scale to weigh themselves so that a guide could recommend dishes based on their weight. 

  • In efforts to build food security and reduce food waste, Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized that fostering “a social environment where waste is shameful and thriftiness is applaudable,” state-run media reported.

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A restaurant chain in China publicly apologized for weighing customers to give them menu recommendations before entering the restaurant, CNN reported.

Chulyan Fried Beef, a popular chain based in Hunan, asked customers to step on scales so that they could weigh themselves before entering the restaurant. Based

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An open-air tasting menu at Redbird, Shaq’s Wing Showdown and a new chef at Little Pine

Redbird at the Vibiana <span class="copyright">(Eric Laignel)</span>
Redbird at the Vibiana (Eric Laignel)

This week in dining news:

Balcony dining at Redbird

Redbird

Wing Showdown

Off the Menu and Uber Eats have launched Wing Showdown, a digital food event where celebrities such as Shaquille O’Neal and Snoop Dogg partner with restaurants to offer their own celebrity wing recipes. L.A. restaurants such as Alta, Honey Kettle Fried Chicken, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Slab will offering the wings for delivery via UberEats through August 2.

Little Pine’s New Chef

Little Pine, the Silver Lake vegan restaurant opened by musician and music producer Moby in 2015, will reopen under new owners with a new chef later this month. Roberto Martin, a former private chef employed by celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Elizabeth Taylor, will oversee a menu that features meatless takes on dishes such as picatta and flatbread pizza.

2870 Rowena Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 741-8148, littlepinerestaurant.com

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