In addition to another popular holiday, today is Chinese New Year, which brings me to think about something that has been puzzling me for a while. Why don't I like Chinese food? I enjoy (and even *love*) most Asian food I've eaten: Thai, Burmese, Nepalese, Indian, Japanese, etc. But, I have to say, I just really don't like Chinese cuisine. It recently occurred to me that maybe the reason I don't have a positive connotation with Chinese food is that when I was growing up, my family regularly ate canned chow mein. I'm sorry to say that I just never really liked it. And, other than that, my experience with Chinese food has mostly been fried rice that is super greasy and looks like it could possibly have any number of bizarre items in it. Perhaps the problem is that I just haven't found a dish that I really like. I mean, China is an enormous place. There *must* be some Chinese food that I like.
How do you feel about Chinese food? Are there any particular dishes that you enjoy? Are there certain regional foods that you like better than others?