So this was my introduction to "real" Chinese food. Delta Airlines' version. The transcontinental menu they handed out on takeoff offered "American" and "Chinese" meals. I thought I'd get a jump on the real Chinese food, so I ordered the Chinese dinner. This pitiful meal is what arrived. Romaine lettuce served with a slightly gingery dressing, whole wheat roll (not Chinese), fresh fruit (none native to China) and a delightfully disarming entree of rice, carrots, green beans and barbecue pork. Ok, calling this a Chinese meal was a bit of a stretch, even for Delta Airlines. I think if they had tv dinners in China, this would be it. The Chinese fortune cookie was a nice touch though.
Nonetheless, I ate it. And I was on my way to China.