Everybody loves Chinese food, and Australians are no exception. In the lovely city of Melbourne – which has just been voted the world's most liveable for the fourth consecutive year – you will be amazed at the sheer number of Chinese food places. The choices ranging from your everyday takeaway eateries, to the best in town: restaurants which have been awarded the prestigious “three hats” rating by Australia's Good Food Guide.
If you expect truly authentic Chinese food every time, though, you might be disappointed: oftentimes restaurants tweak their dishes, making it more appealing to western customers. Interestingly, lots of the “Chinese favorites” nominated by Australians are not even available in China.
so how did these changes come about? Many Chinese immigrants had difficulties finding work; opening a restaurant for the Chinese population is an avenue many took to make a living. Gradually, with more and more of these restaurants opening up, Chinese cuisine made its way into the mainstream, and was slowly and subtly adapted along the way to reflect Western tastes and regional influences.
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In the cheap to modest price range, the food is a little strange to a typical Chinese’s liking. With “dim sim”, “eggroll”, and “fried tofu” forever on the menu, it’s hard for Australians, if they have never been to China and tried the real deal, not to think that these are Chinese people’s everyday staples. That would be ok if the food is well made, but unfortunately most places like this spare no effort to cut costs, using cheap meat and veggies, and paying minimum wages to workers. You get the picture: how “authentic” can the food be if it is churned out by under-paid kitchen hands?
Now you are probably wondering: where can I find Chinese “Chinese food” then? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The good news is, if you go to a few of the more upscale places, you will find the food very amenable to both Chinese and western palates.
So while you are in Australia, you should take pride in being the ambassador of our Chinese cuisine. Try ordering something really authentic when you hang out with your Aussie friends to save them from the “no clue what to order” moment when they are confronted with a Chinese menu. Authentic Chinese food can be enjoyed here.
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