There's this place here in Van Nuys called Sam Woos BBQ, sounds like a dive joint but if it's true that it's a good sign if the patrons are all or mostly Chinese then this is the place! First of all I should mentioned the dishes beat the heck out of American Chinese. They have dead ducks in the window (I know they're Peking duck) and the homemade noodles are the BOMB! The soups are so different (their specialty), no msg (monosodium glutamate). I think there are over 20 soups. You know, the real deal type of Chinese is totally different. Not those spaghetti-type noodles, all different kinds...Odun, mung bean & it goes on forever. Broth homemade and fresh vegis always & tea on the table. No fortune cookie for authentic...that's American Chinese. And I agree with baby-face avatar, American is so oily. Not healthy.