Category: Food & Recipes

Junzi Kitchen

The menu at Junzi Kitchen, a fast-casual Chinese food chain, includes noodles and wrap-like 'bings' that give a modern twist to classic Chinese flavors. (Photo courtesy of Junzi Kitchen)

Fast-Casual Chinese Food Is Forging New Traditions in an Ancient Cuisine

Early Chinese immigrants in the U.S. opened restaurants primarily as a means to get by, the young restaurateurs behind many of the newest Chinese restaurants are more concerned with self-expression and sharing culture rather than survival.
Andrew Coe, author of Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States, discusses the evolution of American tastes for authentic Chinese cuisine, and why so many still find it alien.