6. Peking Duck – 1961

To learn more about Chinese food, the Americans had to wait for Cecilia Chiang to open the restaurant called The Mandarin in 1961.

source:marthastewart.com

Chiang wanted to bring the flavors of northern China, but this was a gamble because as she told PBS in 2015: “I didn’t know what Americans like or don’t like. I just remembered what I had before in my life and put everything on the menu.” Peking Duck entered the US menus after that.

source:marthastewart.com

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