Americanized Chinese food includes variations of the original dishes from China or new creations from the United States. Take, for example, the fortune cookie. Its origins are often contested, but a general consensus concludes it was created in San Francisco. Also, chop suey, a dish of chopped meats cooked with vegetables like cabbage, celery and bean sprouts cooked in a thick sauce, was allegedly created by Chinese immigrants who came to California to mine for gold and work on the Transcontinental Railroad. They used whatever ingredients were available and also created dishes modified to suit a non-Chinese population. In Providence, Rhode Island, there is even such a thing as a chop suey sandwich. Moreover, broccoli beef is also Americanized since the original Chinese dish includes a Chinese broccoli, called gai lan, which is a leafy vegetable different from the Western broccoli we eat here. Variations on dishes even differ in regions within the United States, as noted in the USA Today article, ?Panda Express spreads Chinese food across USA? by Matt Krantz. Krantz interviewed Kelvin Chen, CEO of Manchu Wok, who stated, ??In the South, people do seem to like spicy food. While in the northern U.S., if you serve something that [is] overly strong [in] flavor, it may not go.? The difference demonstrates how deeply Chinese food has been rooted in America. Professor Chen stated, ?Chinese food is the most important American cuisine, if there is one. It shows how much culture has transformed and how immigrant cultures have been incorporated into an ever-evolving American culture.? Since culture is never a fixed state, who knows, maybe a new cuisine will overcome the lead of Chinese in years to come. Right now, it really is as American as apple pie. Are you hungry now? Visit yelp.com for a look at helpful reviews of 74 Chinese restaurants in Irvine and surrounding cities. Perking Gourmet 2. Chinese Restaurant. Dine in-Carry Out-Catering. All Day Buffet Including Monogolin Grill. Over 50 different items. We only use fresh ingredients.This includes, Seafood,Chicken,Beef,Pork,Vegetables,Fruits,Desserts and More. Special Seafood Dinner Buffet on Friday and Saturday. We also served Beer and Wine.