I went for Dim Sum with my father the other day because I had never experienced this before. I was a little hesitant only because I tended to avoid Chinese food. When I think of Chinese food I think of deep fried, salty, coated in sugary sauces type dishes that often make me feel ill. I was pleasently surprised when I was served steamed vegetables, grilled chicken and fish and with little to no sauces. I actually felt great afterwards which made me think: how much have other cultures dishes been changes to meet the average North American taste buds?
I know there needs to be some changes to bring in customers, but sometimes it just seems like too much. I think the best example I have come across to date was at a sushi restaurant that had DEEP FRIED maki rolls.
For those that have not had sushi before, a maki roll is raw fish and veggies wrapped in rice and seaweed like little rolls. Deep frying such a thing defeats the entire purpose of what sushi is which is RAW FISH (not to mention any possible nutritional value).
So if you want to get an authentic experience when it comes to ethnic cuisines, be sure to shop around. There are some great genuine restaurants out there, they can just be tricky to find.
For those interested in trying real Chinese Dim Sum I highly recommend Perfect Kitchen in Missisaugua. There menu is both authentic and delicious!