Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles I probably think some of our parents who like... grew up in Asia and then move over here. They probably look at us sometimes and they see us as these. What's going on everybody? Welcome to another special episode of Fung Bros Food. Today, we are in the Asian food Mecca of America, Charlotte, North Carolina. Now, I'm just playing about our friend just moved here so you know we have to check out some Asian spots. Introducing our asian friend, Jeremy Lin. No lie. This has been my first time having Asian food in Charlotte ever. I know you just moved in and you haven't really explored. So we're about to check out this spot called "Taipei Express". Yo Jeremy, I know you're on the NBA diet, but you want a cheat day? Today is a cheat day, so I may explore a little bit. Maybe have some more carb than I normally have. Let's see what is it all about! Let's do it! Hope they have xiao long bao. He's gotta tell them that his parents are from Taiwan. That's very important! Can we get the sa cha shrimp? Just cause that sounds good. Sa cha! I was trying get Jeremy to order but he's busy here taking pics. Alright! I'm about to photo bombed. You definitely got to get orange chicken. You guys like eggplant? (Yeah! I'm good with eggplant.) Eggplant and garlic sauce? Can I get the pork dumplings, please? Wo Hoo! And you know because we're in Charlotte. We had to do "American Chinese food". We got pagodas on the boxes, man! Jeremy, you were saying growing up... you and your family how to name for this? [What did your parents call this food?] My mom and dad will call it fake Chinese food. They get really upset if I go like Panda Express or something like that. Hey, sometimes you gotta have some of that! Obviously we ate authentic food the majority of time. Have you ever thought about bringing your teammates to like a really authentic Chinese restaurant? [Would you take teammates for authentic Chinese food?] I thought about it, but then I was like... Oh... I did that in college one time. It was like hit and miss. You don't think that Kemba would like the stinky tofu, the chou-dou-fu. I don't even like chou-dou-fu. Everybody go around the table and talk about what caught your eye immediately. [What dish caught your eye?] Alright alright, first of all... first of all... the chicken wing, authentic Chinese are not. You gotta get a chicken wing. Yeah! You like it, don't you? Not bad! I'll say for me first, and I... what you have to get was the orange chicken. Yup, yup! You always have to get like either orange chicken, sesame chicken, sweet and sour chicken if you going for American Chinese food. I was always a lo-mein guy over fried rice guy. And I decided to go a little bit different. You know, obviously during seasons so I don't want just eat crazy, so I got some tofu, some eggplants, you know, some veggies, trying to even out. Kind of a compromise. You're kind of rational. But if it's a summer time and I don't... and I'm like really trying get after it and not eat healthy, I don't know... if this will be on my plate. I know you got a veggie plate, but that is a pretty greasy veggie plate. Of course, I got this house special fried rice. Originally I was just getting chicken fried rice... yeah the shrimps. Is Charlotte by the water? Cause these shrimps are huge. I feel like... Jeremy, a lot of people... like, a lot of Asian American still can't get over the fact. They're like this is not authentic Chinese food, and because a lot... it's been used to make fun of lot of us a lot. Oh yeah yeah! I know what Chinese food I eat. You know bla bla bla... You get the fortune cookie at the end bla bla bla... As young asian american, we got teased about it so much. So we kind of push back on this food, but if you can just release yourself from that and just eat it. It's pretty good! I've told my parents like... sometimes I just prefer this. It's a different taste...you know... like authentic... Obviously if I have to choose one for rest of my life everyday, I'll choose authentic. But every once in a while, it's okay to have this. Like you say, it's actually really good if you wasn't like... you know labeled as "fake Chinese food". It would still be really good. You know what it is, man. People are getting attached to the meaning of it... rather than the taste. Yeah, that's a great way to put it. I probably think some of our parents who like... grew up in Asia and then move over here. They probably look at us sometimes, and they see us as these. Andrew has some Chinese characteristics but his Chinese is not that good so he's like panda express. And because my Chinese is a little bit better, maybe I'll be like P.F. Chang's. That's a thing, my teammates are always like, P.F. Chang's. Let's go to P.F. Chang's Chinese food. But I'm like P.F. Chang is good! Don't get me wrong, but I might not take my parents to P.F. Chang's. That would be offensive to them. Okay ,so, right now we're just gonna explain some of the dishes. This is the sautéed green beans. This is called 四季豆. I like how they... they've been stirred fried to the point where they're kind of dry. That's when you know they're good. Sometimes you get the joints, they are too ,like, fresh and like, water sauce. You gotta get the wok hot. This is orange chicken, the... I don't even know if there's a word for this orange chicken. Cause I... 橙雞... but they don't even have them, I don't think it's a real dish. Look at this though! The orange peel! Right in here! I don't know how often I see that. Must I say... the Taipei Express is delivering on the American Chinese food. This is A class. [Top notch American Chinese food] No lie! I'm not just saying that for the camera! It is! These are the eggplants in garlic sauce. They actually did it pretty authentic in terms of a lot of places still have like a bottom layer drenched in the sauce, and then the upper layer won't be as much. So depends on what you're looking for. You want more flavor, a little more unhealthy, you go to the bottom. You want to keep it clean, stay on the top. One thing that I love about eggplants is gotta be pretty soft which these are, so this is a good dish! I got the tofu. Black bean sauce. This is the in-season special, right? Yeah! It's not deep fried. It's stirred fried tofu and one thing about it is, it should be like break really easily. You're doing the break test right here. So yeah, I mean, it could be a little softer. Yo, that black bean sauce is strong... it's strong. it's good though. I like it! I want to talk real quickly about these sa cha shrimps. Have you guys had it yet? Tell the people really quickly about sa cha as a sauce. You know, sometimes it's a good sauce for like hot pot or something like that. But that was really good. I like that! Maybe it was partly our fault, but this is a little too much broccoli in there! I mean a little more shrimps in there. I've never had sa cha broccoli before in my life. I am at an American Chinese spot in Charlotte, North Carolina and I'm eating Chinese food I've never had before. So this is the mu gu gai pan. The water chestnut, the peas, and that sliced carrots are the staple of American Chinese food. Um, oh my god. What you will see in American Chinese food too... (You'll) see a lot of these baby corns. Shout out to baby corn, man. Baby corn is more authentic than baby carrots. Cause baby carrots are just shaved down into that shape. My whole perspective on carrots has been blown. This is ridiculous. The worst is when the orange chicken and the sesame chicken tastes the same. That's when... that's when... that's when it's all bad. When it comes to fried rice, I'm not gonna lie. Any rice with chopsticks is like, so frustrating. Cause like this fried rice, it doesn't clump together. Yeah! It's all loose. It's like hard to guard like you're trying to contain them. With the first pick, in the 2015 NBA draft. [2015 Taipei Express Dish Draft] Alright, what was everybody's favorite thing? [What is your favorite dish?] For me, I actually gotta say it was the chicken wings. [David's draft pick: chicken wings] That's... That's up, I had three of them. [Lin with dinner high of 3 wings.] My favorite was that new dish, the sa cha shrimps. [Andrew's draft pick: sa cha shrimp] I think my favorite was a tie between orange chicken and the tofu. [Jeremy's draft picks: orange chicken, tofu] Just cause black bean sauce tofu is just like... I don't know, it's hard to mess that up. It was really good. [black-bean saint] Oh! We cannot speak too soon! They said that these are handmade, in-house dumplings, alright. So what this... they just came out. You could see the steam coming out. So what I'll do is, I'll just bite a corner off and let the air out. Authentic what's gonna happened, you have all this juice inside so you have to make sure you bite the top and let it sit like that. If you lean it, all the juice is coming running out. Yup, we got the fried ones, too. There. She balanced that right on top. That's authentic right there! My takeaway from this: American Chinese food as a genre is progressing as the years go by. It's not just staying stagnant. Progress! !t's like the game of basketball. Stretch Fours. This food, is does kind of represent a lot of them. And it's also interesting that you guys talked about the evolution of this. 'Cause it is like, just as a whole society becoming more health-conscious. Like, you see a lot of like, juice bars and things like that popping up. And now I see this is like the healthiest American Chinese food I've ever had. Alright everybody. I think that wraps our Fung Bro Food episode in Charlotte, North Carolina with Jemery Lin. Thank you so much for doing this man. It was a pleasure to explore the Asian options out here, and to, you know, introduce to you, you know, what charlotte got. I appreciate you guys! Let's do it again! Alright you guys, thank you so much for watching the episode of Fung Bro's Food. And remember for the 2015, 2016 season, support the Charlotte Hornets. Buzz city. [Tell us what you think about American Chinese food!] Okay everybody. Thanks for watching that video. Yo, Jeremy, you actually have a lot to say about this food. I feel like it was kind of nostalgic. Oh, it definitely was! Thank you for watching! Below us is a big broccoli, but below that, is a comment section. So leave a comment. Tell us what you think about this food. And tell us what other food you want us to try and where? And definitely I could tell that you were reading the differences between the orange chicken and the sesame chicken. Like it was a defense. Alright you guys. Watch this video, watch that video, check out Jeremy's social media below and until next time we out.