American Chinese Cuisine in San Francisco and Hawaii

Many American Chinese restaurants, impressed by the cuisine of California, have been started in San Francisco and Hawaii since the early 1990s. The dishes served are the same American Chinese dishes, but the main difference is that here they use a lot of vegetables, foreign ingredients like mangoes and Portobello mushrooms. Brown rice is preferred in place of white rice. In some restaurants, grilled wheat flour tortillas are replaced with the rice pancakes in mu shu dishes.

Besides, some restaurants in San Francisco and the Bay Area offer more native-style Chinese food because of the large number of traditional Chinese in that area. These restaurants specialize in Chinese food of various cultures like Cantonese, Hunanese, Northern Chinese, Taiwanese, and Hong Kong. Also, there are more specialized restaurants, namely seafood restaurants, Hong Kong-style diners and cafes, dim sum teahouses, and hot pot restaurants. In many Chinatown regions, there are Chinese bakeries, boba milk tea shops, vegetarian dishes, and roasted meat and dessert shops. Chop suey is not very common in San Francisco, and the chow mein is quite different from the Midwestern chow mein.

Some Chinese restaurants having Chinese-language menus serve Cantonese Yale, and Pinyin, that is basically a yellow-feather free-range chicken, contrary to the traditional American mass-farmed chicken. Yellow-feather chicken is liked for its aroma, but it tastes good if it is cooked properly. This dish is generally not offered on the English-language menu. A very popular Chinese vegetable Dau Miu is offered not only on English-language menus as “pea shoots”, but in some expensive non-Asian restaurants also. It is available throughout the year.

Hawaiian-Chinese food is somewhat different from the continental United States. Native Chinese cuisine is a part of the cuisine of Hawaii, which developed due to the blend of various culinary traditions in Hawaii and the history of the Chinese influence in Hawaii. Some typical Chinese dishes make an important part of plate lunches in Hawaii, however the names of the dishes may be different, for example Manapua is Hawaiian name, (meaning “chewed up pork”) for dim sum bao, although the meat is not essentially pork. This was a brief overview of American Chinese cuisine in San Francisco and Hawaii.