Do Chinese People Go Out For American Food?

  • Published on Mar 21, 2017
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    Do Chinese people eat American food?
    In America, many of us go out for Chinese food. However, Chinese food in America is very different and lacking in diversity in comparison to the actual Chinese food in China. So the question is, do Chinese people go for American food? Yes! In fact they do. However, in China it is called "western food". They lump all countries together, so Japanese food, Indian food, American food, Italian food, is all "western food"
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  • laowhy86
    laowhy86  2 years ago +61

    Hey Laowinners, let's make this Kickstarter happen for my new show, Conquering Northern China:

    • Occams Razor
      Occams Razor 8 months ago

      7:42 It's the Colonel!

    • OppressiveStraightWhiteMaleChristian
      OppressiveStraightWhiteMaleChristian 9 months ago

      Da Fuq is that into song, sounds funky as shit

    • manictiger
      manictiger Year ago

      What do Chinese people think of medium rare steak that's almost rare? In the U.S. there's pretty much just 2 types of steak consumers:
      1. Those that like it pink in the middle
      2. Those who are still traumatized from the mad cow scare and ignorantly think burning their steak grey would ever kill a prion
      Anyway, wonder if 'pink in the middle' grosses out Chinese people.

      ANDREW CULLEN Year ago

      The first thing you have to remember is that MacDonald's for example will have a different Menu depending which Country you are in? I am in the U.K and ours does not have Biscuits, Cole Slaw, Brown Gravy, White Gravy, Mac & Cheese or Mashed Potato? So the Chinese will probably be missing some of the American Range? In my local one I normally order Fillet of Fish because I know they do nt keep any in the ready bin? They o not sell many and decided so few that they always cook fresh. I know this for 2 reasons, 1/ My neighbour works there, 2/ Because whenever I order they ask me to Park Up and they will bring it out when it is ready?

      ANDREW CULLEN Year ago

      Well this is a cliché because what we Brits get when we order "Chinese" is more likely to be Cantonese? Proper Chinese tends to be Vegetarian because of the cost of Fish and Meat unless it is Caught or home reared? So they may have cheap Fish/Meat 2or 3 times a week? When I started eating Chinese it was always Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls and Chips. Thankfully I have improved and sometimes have Noodles with Vegetables or Vegetable Omelette. I have to admit to not trying Tofu yet but that is on the cards.

  • Yifei Zhao
    Yifei Zhao 8 days ago

    em...Actually, in China we don't call Japanese food, Thai food or Indian food western food. Only the European food is called "xi can" or western food.

  • habibbi alikafe
    habibbi alikafe 11 days ago

    Is laowinners a play on laoban or laowai

  • alex carter
    alex carter 14 days ago

    Showing "face" I get it, it's like this restaurant that was a thing when I was a kid in Hawaii in the 1970s, the "LaRonde" which was this flying saucer shaped thing on top of the Ala Moana building. It actually rotated, about one rotation per hour or 1/2 hour. There were 5 of us kids, so my parents were big on buffets and we went to a few there. I guess the food was OK but the only memorable meal I can think of was when there seemed to be a heavily Eastern European crowd and the buffet had weird organ meats like "sweetbreads". The main thing was, you were going to the LaRonde!

  • W Taw
    W Taw 20 days ago

    American food is laced with shit. Avoid them at all cost.

  • flo Asa
    flo Asa Month ago

    Those who wants to show-up do. Chinese are racist even with food.

  • Craig Himmler
    Craig Himmler Month ago

    No Wing, no need to watch.

  • Justin Case
    Justin Case Month ago

    When is the last time you saw an Asian person eating bread? NEVER before.

  • Ares
    Ares 2 months ago

    Why would you ever live in China ? Shit country with shit people.

  • Nick B
    Nick B 2 months ago

    Idk C-Milk, I feel like I had quite a different experience in Shanghai, granted Shanghai is one of the largest and foreign friendly cities in China. When I was there the western food I had was pretty good. Especially the KFC. I honestly thought the KFC was muuuuch better than KFC here in the states. But the Chinese food there was of course, just way better than any western food. In Xiamen I mistakenly ordered a quesadilla somewhere and while it wasnt terrible, it kinda tasted like a 12 year old made it haha.

  • Ashley Jessee
    Ashley Jessee 2 months ago

    Mexican food is super popular in America. Is there Mexican food in China?

  • Nik in The Midwest
    Nik in The Midwest 2 months ago

    I’ve watched a few of your videos and I’m curious about the “tier” of cities, what does that mean?

  • Greetings Друзья!

    Beijing Duck Pizza I would try, I am a non typical American and eat bizarre stuff.

  • Jack Fowler
    Jack Fowler 3 months ago

    I'm a retired sailor, both Navy and Merchant Marine, and have eaten all over the world.
    Actual local native food, is never the same as the American version.
    I used to tell young sailors who had never been overseas before that Italian food in Italy is not what you're used to as "Italian food."
    That's not to say the food in Italy isn't good - in fact it's very good, it's just not the same as the "Italian food" in America.
    I grew up in Arizona very near the border with Mexico and for us, Mexican food - real Mexican food - was a staple. But when we moved to Virginia we had a heck of a time finding any Mexican food that was anything like what i grew up eating.
    Even the same foods in the same country have local variations. BBQ is probably the best example of that.
    Any time I eat at an ethnic restaurant for the first time, I do a quick glance around to try and determine how many people of that ethnicity are eating there. If I go to a place known for "soul food" and it's nothing but white people.... it's probably not real. If I go to an Asian restaurant and it's full of Asians, i know it's probably the real thing.
    Wonderful videos by the way.

  • Darth Dani
    Darth Dani 4 months ago

    I think he is in SeaWorld in Shekou, one of my last night's in Shenzhen me and some friends ate there, I miss Shenzhen

  • Thomas Fuquay
    Thomas Fuquay 4 months ago

    In Taiwan do not go to an western restaurant during an American holiday. There was a 2 hour wait at Pizza Hut and 4 hour wait at Chills. They treat American holidays as holiday for lovers.

  • Forte Astro
    Forte Astro 4 months ago

    Is there Mexican food there?

  • Kathy Germack
    Kathy Germack 4 months ago

    OMG your daughter is adorable!!!!!!

  • music
    music 4 months ago

    I saw a crowd of plumpy Chinese high school kids happily eating chili fries, hamburgers, shakes and cokes at "The Hat" in Alhambra CA. So it's obvious here in America, lots of Asians love America Food and drinks, especially if you see plumpy ones, then you know they're eating American food.

  • Kai Thongsavanh
    Kai Thongsavanh 5 months ago

    It’s true, China in the past 20 years started this western capitalist “keeping up with the Jones’” mentality so the younger generation is really a lot about the Gen X show off kind of attitude. Obviously more pronounced in the cities but with the huge industrial and commercial expansion in China the past few decades you can see how this has influenced their break from isolationism from the 1970’s and before.

  • NIc K
    NIc K 5 months ago

    So the real question is what kind of food is "Chinese" food in America?? Is it American?? Cuz that would make sense I guess.... Cuz I love it like I love America lmao

    AERoVALKYRiE 5 months ago


  • Jon C
    Jon C 5 months ago

    hahaha good lord Serpenza, the "sizes" lol, I'm sure Yao Ming has the same problem, hahaha

  • Jon C
    Jon C 5 months ago

    Thanks for the great and colorful analysis!

  • Jason Jrake
    Jason Jrake 5 months ago

    Watching a lot of your videos in the last week, I have an epiphany:
    Correct or not, my impression is that China is to the Asian cultural region what the United States is to the European/western cultural region: loud and flashy.
    There are aspects or subcultures of flashiness everywhere, but the Chinese seem to be relatively loud, expressive, and openly opinionated like “Americans” are.
    One particular vibe I get from the Chinese that reminds me of my own culture: Chinese speak of nationalism in a way that sounds like a brag, whereas Thais, Japanese, and Koreans speak of nationalism in a way that sounds reverential, something collective to be a useful and obedient part of. Chinese people, including people from Hong Kong, talk about their place of birth like it is further proof of how great they are, not what they hope to live up to.
    I suspect both perspectives are healthy, and best when balanced. But it’s interesting to see these presuppositions come through in people even when I cannot always understand their words.

  • Gary Allsebrook
    Gary Allsebrook 5 months ago +1

    I loved the Pizza Hut in Shenzhen? Ate there practically every day with a whole lot of Chinese people! It was far superior to US Pizza Huts...

  • Matt Horkan
    Matt Horkan 5 months ago

    I dont think its fair to compare america calling both Xianjiang and Gungxi "china" with china calling both france and thailand "the west" :) thats a severe education fail

  • schjonicus
    schjonicus 6 months ago

    Wang Steak 😂

  • Aleksander Phillips
    Aleksander Phillips 6 months ago

    3:55 So they flex on people just like we do 😂

  • 歌叶
    歌叶 6 months ago

    Plain taste is only in the eastern coastal areas. Other areas hate this taste. There are still some problems with the video, but I don't want to say any more. Keep trying to understand China

  • TJ Starr
    TJ Starr 6 months ago

    I like that Japanese food is considered "Western Food". Is any country that's not China considered "The West"? I feel like European food, although it differs between counties, can generally be lumped together because it is bland and not spicy. But I wouldn't lump Indian and Latin American food in with the British who eat soggy peas. Just my opinion.

  • shara30000
    shara30000 6 months ago

    wang steak, huehuehue

  • SilverRain
    SilverRain 6 months ago

    9:11 OMG, did I just hear Yoshi?

  • Andarovin
    Andarovin 6 months ago

    Why is the women yelling towards the end? Is it normal China to get that loud that quickly?

  • Fritz Minder
    Fritz Minder 6 months ago

    She kou. Nice to see. I was working and living there 25years ago.

  • Adam Johannesson
    Adam Johannesson 6 months ago

    Would love to try Beijing duck pizza

  • Piet de Vries
    Piet de Vries 6 months ago

    Do you get teabucked there? :D

  • Solartii :3
    Solartii :3 7 months ago

    My one question is, how are you able to access TVclip? It’s banned there, so I was just curious

  • Allen Miner
    Allen Miner 7 months ago

    Sorry, it is NO LONGER "cheap" to eat Chinese, in America.

  • Ronald
    Ronald 7 months ago

    I was surprised to hear Korean food is popular after hearing how they don't like flavored food. Because Korea food tends to be a little spicy & is often very sweet, extremely salty, or very sour.

  • Fires Fires
    Fires Fires 7 months ago

    Where can I find nice burgers in Guangzhou??????????

  • LitAfuseiCantStop
    LitAfuseiCantStop 7 months ago

    That ending
    😂😂😂😂😂😂 💀

  • amonster8mymother
    amonster8mymother 7 months ago

    Hi I live in Toronto I think the bubble tea is really taking off and it's kind of a challenge for the Starbucks now

  • SakuraLeaves
    SakuraLeaves 7 months ago

    theres no such thing as american food america gets all its food from other places

    • SakuraLeaves
      SakuraLeaves 4 months ago

      moron americans didnt perfect shit @electric messiah

  • Teacher Mark
    Teacher Mark 7 months ago

    Wang Ping is a Taiwanese based restaurant.

  • Stormy Dragon
    Stormy Dragon 7 months ago

    Do Americans in China complain about how inauthentic the American food is in China and insist on ordering "real" American food off the secret English menu?

  • Yoo Toob
    Yoo Toob 7 months ago

    What is the program that starts at the end of this one, about convenience stores? He gets to the part about Chinese condoms and then it ends abruptly.

  • 刘汉
    刘汉 7 months ago


  • wanda fuller
    wanda fuller 8 months ago

    You refer to the city you live in as being a 3rd tier city? What does that mean?

  • Qin Shihuang
    Qin Shihuang 8 months ago

    Actually any sushi bar will be paired with steak in the United States in any buffet in Southern California.

  • Dan non
    Dan non 8 months ago

    No.... they go out for American jobs instead.

  • Laz Iz Awesome
    Laz Iz Awesome 8 months ago

    disliked the video.. 15 ads or some shit every few minutes

  • Louie Patouie
    Louie Patouie 8 months ago +1

    Americans don't mind too much that Chinese can't figure out American cuisine, we know likewise we can't figure out Chinese cuisine. Only true authentic Chinese dish we make in America is General Tso's Chicken, which is a Taiwanese dish made specially by a local chef in Taiwan for visiting American sailors. Only recipe we mastered from China, and most Chinese haven't seen that dish yet given it is a ROC instead of PRC invented food.

    • BenjaminFranklin99
      BenjaminFranklin99 7 months ago

      14% of the population of Seattle is Asian. We understand Chinese food very well. Last weekend I had tofu with ground pork and chili sauce for dinner, and we also had fried chicken with 5 spice seasoning. Dim Sum is very popular here, as well.

    • Qin Shihuang
      Qin Shihuang 8 months ago

      I disagree with you. General Tso is a Hunan Dish. You gotta visit Hunan to taste that, as a modern interpretation of an old dish. It's supposed to be spicy and sweet.

  • jlg1901
    jlg1901 8 months ago

    This is why American Asians hate Asian Asians. Fuck face. Eat good food.

  • GDYGUY 3
    GDYGUY 3 8 months ago


  • Xyzzy i
    Xyzzy i 8 months ago

    got a KFC honey roasted chicken commercial... and no, I didn't skip it.

  • Shayan S.t
    Shayan S.t 8 months ago

    watch this doc...its about food safety in china...i rather die from hunger

  • Josie Lindström
    Josie Lindström 8 months ago

    Total fail with the ad interrupting your video 2:40 in

    • Josie Lindström
      Josie Lindström 8 months ago

      And again at 5:00.
      Seriously, I'll watch an add at the beginning of your video. But being interrupted (twice) in the middle of your video is just WRONG.

  • Ray B
    Ray B 9 months ago

    so do they dig a hole to America? also, if the children don't eat all their food does the parents say "there are people starving in America" do Chinese say "what's that got to do with the price of tea in America"? and last but not least, do kids play "duck duck goose"

  • rhaacke
    rhaacke 9 months ago

    True story. My wife is Chinese. A few years ago we went to China. While visiting we went out to eat. My son ordered a chicken fried steak. We're from the South where the chicken fried steaks are awesome and I guess he wanted something from home. Anyway, the "chicken fried steak" was a whole chicken that had been splayed out flat and fried on a grill. Was definitely not what he wanted judging by the look on his face.

  • phobos2k2
    phobos2k2 9 months ago

    Oh look, another white person explaining a random facet of Asian culture to me in comfortable western terms I can understand. There isn't nearly enough of this on TVclip.

  • chris helms
    chris helms 9 months ago

    Where can I get a Phillip Plein shirt??

  • Sara Whiteaker
    Sara Whiteaker 9 months ago

    I noticed the same thing in Europe this summer... The "American" food was pretty bad and the "Mexican" food was even worse. 😄 I didn't realize how spiced up everything is in California.

  • Sara Whiteaker
    Sara Whiteaker 9 months ago

    I love the way you describe and compare 🤗

  • Macs RW
    Macs RW 9 months ago

    I am living in Korea, and one thing that you notice immediately about western food is that it will often be inexplicably sweet. For example:
    Want a Quesadilla? It has powdered sugar on it.
    Want some Garlic Bread? Maple Syrup.
    Want a Pizza? It is loaded with sweet corn.
    Want Spaghetti? The sauce has lots of sugar added.
    Is there a flavour that tends to get added in in China?

  • ren yuan
    ren yuan 9 months ago

    As a Chinese, I probably will got out for American food if Chesscake Factory opens a new franchise in my town, Changsha. Chesscake Factory is really the Best American restaurant with affordable price. TGI Friday sucks!!! Less selections, less welcoming service. Hoping Chesscake Factory open Franchise all over China! Really miss the meatball pasta and the Chesscake, fuck it, I am hungry now

  • 2828 Romeo
    2828 Romeo 9 months ago

    Sometimes it might be just in that city, doesn’t mean the entire “China”…

  • Eric Coombs
    Eric Coombs 9 months ago

    I’ve always wondered this... thanks man! 🙏

  • Lioness Es
    Lioness Es 9 months ago

    America is so expansive besides burgers, fries, deli sandwiches, pizza, what about what Northerners, Southeners, Mid-West, East & West coast people normally eat for dinner, especially on Sunday?

    • Lioness Es
      Lioness Es 9 months ago

      Mostly our chain restaurants food is garbage.

  • Gordon Reiher
    Gordon Reiher 9 months ago

    Yes, but a half hour later they're hungry - for freedom.

  • mangodancego
    mangodancego 9 months ago

    Szechuan, Hunan and Hunan have extremely spicy cuisine. Chinese people from those areas do eat very spicy food. Szechuan cuisine is quite famous. Korean food on the whole also tends to be spicy side. Indian food has a mix of spices that’s not palatable to Chinese tastes but not because it’s too spicy. It’s the mix of turmeric, coriander, cumin that’s not common. Bland food isn’t the norm in China. Hot pot, a popular Chinese dish is popular for its spicy soup bases.

  • Sir Eugene Courtney
    Sir Eugene Courtney 10 months ago

    In his opening statement he said that Chinese food is *DIRTY*

  • Graham Pinkerton
    Graham Pinkerton 10 months ago

    Why should they? Chinese Food is much better and healthier than that american crap.

  • Jakob Jakobson
    Jakob Jakobson 10 months ago

    so they do the same thing we do with "asian food" where we lump indian, thai, chinese, japanese all into one and call it authentic

  • Alex AKaravas
    Alex AKaravas 10 months ago

    For sure Great video looks like professional!

  • Canadi-Ann
    Canadi-Ann 10 months ago

    @laowhy86 have you cooked an average Western dinner for Vivi & her family? What did you cook & did they like it, or parts of it?

  • Jason Gardner
    Jason Gardner 10 months ago

    From my understanding, American Chinese food had its debut in the days when so many immigrants were working on the railroads. The old west was already met up with the far older & wiser east.
    Golden bowl or golden railroad spike?
    Anyway, I may be wrong, but I believe the idea of take out truly was fostered by the Chinese. It makes sense that American Chinese food is not going to be too much like real authentic Chinese food, because the whole concept was a proprietary improv. "ABC" (American Born Chinese. So, that got the ball rolling in America for the idea of take-out in general.
    I worked in a Chinese restaurant for a few years, (the best one in the area that I was living) Yes, it is americanized, but you can order things that are not on the menu if you call ahead. Even the americanized dishes are very different than most other restaurants. It really depends on the ownership & also the area makes a huge impact. It helps when it's in a community near a major University. Students from China & Taiwan ate there a lot as well as worked there.
    It became a little melting pot.

  • aclock2
    aclock2 10 months ago

    Who in their right mind would go out for American food ? People with strong desire to be fat as fck ?

  • John Keller
    John Keller 10 months ago

    Kentucky Flame-broiled Chicken?

  • MassDynamic
    MassDynamic 10 months ago

    1:38 you can get an idea of Chinese ideology from the way they categorize food. There's "our food" and then there's "everyone else's food". in nyc, food is at least categorized by their country of origin.

  • Yoi Red
    Yoi Red 10 months ago

    I think in one of the parts instead of being so long in talking for no goddamn reason he shouldn’t of said Asia entirely when we say Chinese food we basically just group all of Asia together except Thai food sometimes we say let’s go out for Thai food

  • Martin Schemmel
    Martin Schemmel 10 months ago

    we also get fries at the chinese buffet and "chinese restaurants" usually have indonesian food as their common food and are lead by vietnamese

  • donttalkcrap
    donttalkcrap 10 months ago

    Wow, it's so clean there in China! How come???
    So why is every Chinatown I've ever visited in overseas countries totally FILTHY and stinky with people spitting in the street, dropping cigarette butts and chewing gum, and tossing litter on the sidewalks and in the gutter. And don't get me started on the state of the public toilets. I know because I've lived in Chinatown for the past 12 years and I cease to be amazed at the disrespect Chinese have for other people's cities, yet their own is spotless like Singapore (but Singaporean ex-pats overseas are super clean and respectful)

  • Wilbur Snaffel
    Wilbur Snaffel 10 months ago

    Too many air quotes. Stop it.

  • Patrick
    Patrick 10 months ago

    Western food = not chinese food

  • Aaron Venema
    Aaron Venema 10 months ago

    I'm glad you emphasized "western food"

  • HiroHatake
    HiroHatake 10 months ago

    And everyone rags on white people for finding everything spicy.

  • TheStig ZeroZeroZero
    TheStig ZeroZeroZero 10 months ago

    Everything is fake in China it seems. Even the people.

  • Castiel Null
    Castiel Null 10 months ago

    Tequila coyotes 😂

  • Duke
    Duke 10 months ago

    French restaurant? Yikes.

  • TheMoon
    TheMoon 10 months ago

    what do they say about digging a hole to the other side of the world tho? lol

  • mpforeverunlimited
    mpforeverunlimited 11 months ago

    so Japan is east of China and has a similar ethnicity but it's lumped together with Germany, Italy, America, etc?? as well as Thailand and Korea? 🤔🤔🤔 either Chinese are a little strange or this guy misunderstood

  • MrSlowestD16
    MrSlowestD16 11 months ago

    I think the reason they classify India and Japan as "west" are because of the GB and US presence inside them.
    Very interesting.

  • Anarchy Empire
    Anarchy Empire 11 months ago

    So chengs like to flex ha? Well that's unexpected.

  • Nicole *
    Nicole * 11 months ago

    What a great question to answer.

  • George Doublé
    George Doublé 11 months ago

    Did he just say western food is called "shit ton" in China?

  • retrodog63
    retrodog63 11 months ago

    So many air quotes, I started thinking you were a crab.
    LOL. Love you series of videos though. Thanks for the effort.

  • theunseen010
    theunseen010 11 months ago

    I guess it's kinda like every restaurant in south Texas selling tacos..

  • crwhhx
    crwhhx 11 months ago

    I'm not aware that is such a thing called American food...

  • Katherine Lu
    Katherine Lu 11 months ago

    We ate at a chain called "Hollywood" in Beijing--weird sort of American spaghetti and mostly Chinese options--cheap student level food.