If you've ever been to a Chinese restaurant in any suburb in America, you know the joys of crab rangoon, chicken fingers, and sweet & sour everything. But where do they come from? Turns out it's definitely not China: most of what we eat today from paper takeout boxes would confuse the living hell out of a person in Beijing, and not just because they can't see it clearly through the smog.
America's got a type of Chinese food all its own, and it's super different from what they've got across the pond. It's mysterious, it's delicious, and it's been evolving ever since the California Gold Rush. Here's what you might not have known about it.