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British Chinese Food TikToks

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British Chinese Food TikToks refers to a trend in late April and early May 2023 when TikTok users reported that their "For You" page was unnaturally inundated with British people talking about what they'd ordered from Chinese takeout restaurants. These TikToks also resulted in discussions due to the differences between British and American Chinese food staples, as many Americans were confused about British people ordering fries (or "chips") from Chinese restaurants.


In late April 2023, TikTok users began noticing that their "For You" pages were becoming inundated with British people going through their Chinese takeout orders.

While videos of British people talking about their Chinese takeout had been appearing on the app for months prior, it appears the virality of the trend started on April 23rd, 2023, with a video by user @charleyannec.[1] In her video, which gained over 4 million views in 10 days, she takes out several items that are not popular in American Chinese food, including curry sauce, "chicken balls," "salt and pepper chicken" and "salt and pepper chips." She also says she got "a Chinese," which is British slang for ordering Chinese food (shown below).

@charlyannec Dish up my chinese with me 😍🍽 #eatwithcharly #whatcharlyeatsinaday ♬ original sound – Charly Anne C


Over the following few days, several other British people discussing their Chinese takeout orders went viral on the app. On April 24th, 2023, TikToker nicolerosadavis[2] posted a similar video, gaining over 1 million views in 10 days (shown below, left). That same day, user @corysworldd[3] then posted a video of his order, gaining over 970,000 views in the same time frame (shown below, right).

@nicolerosadavis Dont judge us xx #chinese #chinesetakeaway #ukchinese #eatwithme #uktakeaway #foodtakeaway #beigechinese #currysauce #ratemytakeaway #saltandchilli #mukbang #foodtiktok #chinesetakeawayuk #chineseuk ♬ After Last Night Love with You – Jo An M

@corysworldd Rate my chinese #corysworld #food ♬ Funny Background – Stefani

The videos attracted light criticism from some Americans, who were perturbed at the differences between American Chinese food and British Chinese food, as well as the fact that the British called it "getting a Chinese." On April 28th, TikToker @xo_pennypink posted her criticism and confusion over British Chinese food, gaining over 1 million views in five days (shown below, left). On May 1st, TikToker @soogia1 voiced her confusion about both the influx of British Chinese takeout videos and their Chinese food preferences, gaining over 2 million views in two days (shown below, right).

@xo_pennypink 100% sure we both have it wrong seeing as neither of us is anywhere near china #fyp #chinesefood #takeout #chinesetakeaway #takeaway #us #usa #britain #uk #culturalinterpretation #culturaldifference ♬ original sound – xo, penny pinkπŸ’–βœ¨

@soogia1 The Al Gore Rhythm can be so funny sometimes. #achinese #chinesefood #britishchinesefood #americanchinesefood #interestingcombination #currysauce #chickenballs #chips #greenscreenvideo ♬ Little Things – Tiqta

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@thenataliegage #stitch with @Corys World The classic British Chinese Takeaway #americanvsbritish #usvuk #chinesefood #britishchinesefood #chinesetakeaway #britishchinese #britishfood #metgala #britinamerica ♬ Funny Background – Stefani

@tweevz #stitch with @Charly Anne C genuinely so confused about how different British Chinese food is from American Chinese food . I have so many questions?! #britishchinesefood #britishchinese #americanchinesefood #fyp #foryou ♬ original sound – Vi
@haysfordays #usvsuk #chinesefood #chinesetakeaway #chinesetakeout #takeaway #britishchinese #britishchinesefood #americanchinesefood #achinese #americavsbritain #americanintheuk ♬ original sound – Hayley Phillips

@expiredglutenfreebread Is this the new watertok? they all literally love their chinese food takeout so much, you cant help but stan #britishchinesefood #watertok ♬ original sound – expiredglutenfreebread

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External References

[1] TikTok – charlieannec

[2] TikTok – nicolesrosadavis"

[3] TikTok – corysworldd

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Do you guys remember that awful Joshua Wise Comic in where he talk shit about thai food that was cooked by people who weren't thai? and how slightly putting your own spin on it was considered offensive?

This is essentially that.


in reply to Lexicanium Coeus

Lol, why do you think it's so different from American Chinese food?

Food in China is super different across the country, there isn't just a standard, unified Chinese food.

British Chinese food was created by Hong Kong immigrants while American Chinese food was created by mainland Chinese immigrants so they are influenced by food from different regions that are completely different from each other.

Neither are any better or more authentic to their origins but complaining that British Chinese food is nothing like American Chinese food is like complaining that British Spanish food is nothing like American Italian food.


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