america's worst "chinese" meals

So check this out. For all you calorie counters out there, this recent article posted on Yahoo! Health has created a list identifying the "six worst Chinese meals in the country": America's Worst Chinese Meals.

If you're watching what you eat, I guess this is kind of helpful. That said, all of the dishes happen to be from restaurants that no self-respecting diner would ever call "Chinese" -- P.F. Changs, Manchu Wok, Panda Express...
Worst Soup
P.F. Chang's Chicken Noodle Soup (bowl)

Worst Chicken Combo Meal
Manchu Wok Honey Garlic Chicken

Worst Pork Entree
P.F. Chang's Mu Shu Pork w/ Pancakes and Hoisin Sauce

Worst Beef Combo Meal
Panda Express Beijing Beef and Fried Rice with a Veggie Spring Roll

Worst Noodle Combo Meal
P.F. Chang's Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo

Applebee's Crispy Orange Chicken Bowl
There's something really funny (and totally appropriate) about the fact that the "Worst Chinese Meal in America" can be found at Applebee's.

I won't lie -- I have been known to partake in a Panda Express entree or two. Sometimes you just get a craving. But as I take a bite out of that crack they call "orange chicken," Chinese food is the furthest thing from my mind.

The article does acknowledge that this isn't real Chinese cooking: "Whatever authenticity that once might have existed has long since been warped by years of exposure to American taste." But seeing all these dishes under a headline describing them as "Chinese meals" makes me laugh. (Thanks, Christina.)

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