Brooklyn Cantonese Chicken Chow Mein in South Florida????
I grew up in Brooklyn where the local Chinese restaurants prepared Cantonese chicken chow mein really thick and goopy with lots of onions, no mushrooms, strips of chicken, very little celery, and some unidentifiable bits of meat and vegetables on top of pork fried rice. It was usually part of a #7 or #8 combination plate. Now, I'm living in Fort Lauderdale where the chow mein is watery, overcome with celery and accompanied by undercooked fried rice (with peas and carrots in it). Does anyone remember the dish I described and know of a restaurant anywhere in South Florida that prepares it? Thanks for your attention.
I've never seen the bad stuff you describe anywhere around here in the Lake Worth area. There's nothing "Brooklyn" about it, you just must have gone to the worst Chinese places around. Since I am not at all familiar with your area I can't be of much help, but I'm sure you'll get a lot of help from everyone down your way!
By the way, the "peas and carrots" thing, in the fried rice, makes me pretty darn mad. (!!!!!) What a sin!
What thejake described would be fairly standard American Chinese chicken chow mein. I remember it well from my growing up on Long Island. While maybe not authentic, you can't generalize that it is "the worst", it is just different.
thejake, unfortunately, the only places I can vouch for in the South Florida area (specifically Tamarac) are more authentic places and won't have the chow mein you are in search for.