When you eat at a restaurant here, it is always communal. The dishes are brought out one at a time as they are prepared and placed on the lazy susan in the middle of the table. Everyone digs in. Usually we eat directly off of the dishes on the lazy susan without bothering to transfer the food to the little plate or bowl placed in front of each of us. Someone will probably say this is unsanitary, and it may be, but you get good at using the chopsticks to go for that specific bit of food you want without touching all the rest, and it's great fun eating this way.Anyhow, here are some of my favorite Chinese dishes:
Tang Cù Lĭ Jĭ -- Sweet and sour pork. Always excellent.
Gān Biān Dòu Jiăo -- Spicy fried green beans with bits of pork. I never used to like green beans, but that was before I had this dish. This might be my favorite dish.
Gōng Băo Jī Dīng -- Chicken, peanuts, carrots and cucumber in a zesty sauce. Always a solid choice.
Dì Sān Xiān -- Potatoes, eggplant and green pepper. I never liked eggplant before this, but it sure is tasty in this dish.
Hūa Shēng -- A plate of hot roasted peanuts. I could eat these all day.
Jīng Jìang Ròu Sī -- Pork strips and onions in a tasty sauce, wrapped in a tofu pancake.
Xī Lán Hūa -- Garlic broccoli. The best broccoli I've ever tasted.
Yú Xiāng Ròu Sī -- Pork strips with carrots and garlic shoots in a sauce. The green things are garlic shoots. I like them alot, but I don't think I've ever seen them in the U.S. before.
Chăo Mán Tóu -- Potato strips. Just like french fries!
Jiăozi -- Boiled dumplings with various contents. These dumplings have pork and celery in them.
And, just for fun, here's a video of a ride around a lazy susan:
I hope this gives you a little "taste" of Chinese Cuisine. (sorry, I couldn't resist the bad pun...)