It's common knowledge that the Chinese takeout we eat is nothing like the stuff in Beijing. But just how confounding is Americanized kung pao chicken to the average Chinese person? BuzzFeed fed a few Chinese volunteers Panda Express dishes in an attempt to humorously gauge the culinary gap. Though there were a good amount of pans, the chow mein got several endorsements and the orange chicken even had fans -- despite the fact that it doesn't really exist in China. Check out all the hot takes above.
Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and spent much of her teenage years hanging out in a movie theater-TGI Fridays-Panda Express complex. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.