By Jennifer 8. Lee | July 24, 2007
Ben Ross in China has compiled three years of culinary exploration into a very handy guide to ordering Chinese dishes in China, complete with pictures, phoenetics, and descriptions at howtoorderchinesefood.com. It’s also useful for people who want to order “off the menu” or more authentically at an American Chinese restaurants. It’s not the most aesthetically pleasing site (but the Internet has never been impressed with flashy design, think Craigslist, Google), but it covers an impressive range of topics and cuisines. For example, it has a shorthand list for all the one-character shorthands for various provinces (sort of how like CA means California, and MO means Missouri, but only less inuitive). And it even has Northeastern dishes, which rarely find their way to America.
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