Funny, "eat it" was the thought that was coming to my mind as well. I'm truly puzzled as to what exactly you think the problem is here.
Lemme break it down for you:
1. One version of chow mein consists of a fried cake of egg noodles topped with meat and veg.
2. This is what the employees at Quan's Kitchen, a restaurant in Allston MA staffed largely by Cantonese immigrants, call chow mein.
3. A recipe for this version of chow mein in this month's Gourmet agrees that this is, in fact, what the Cantonese call chow mein.
4. To me, the problem appears to be your bizarre insistence that I am somehow proclaiming that this is the only true dish that should be called chow mein.
5. I am not saying that, and had you been around for longer than 53 whole posts, you might know that I'm just about the last person around these parts who cares a tinker's dam about the concept of "authenticity."
6. I'm saying that the restaurant in my neighborhood serves this dish and that although the menu lists it only as "fried noodles," the employees call it chow mein.
7. I'm saying that this month's Gourmet has a recipe for this dish and calls it chow mein.
8. These are both incontrovertible facts.
9. The fact that there are OTHER dishes from other places that are ALSO called "chow mein" does not change these two incontrovertible facts:
9a: The employees at a restaurant in Allston, Massachusetts refer to a dish consisting of a cake of fried noodles topped with meat and veg as "chow mein."
9b: If you want to call them and complain about that, their phone number is 617-232-7617. I'm sure they'd love to drop everything and listen to you complain about how there's really no such "authentic" dish as chow mein, and that you know more about food than they do, because some guy on a bus once told you this.
9c: Similarly, I'm sure the editors at Gourmet deserve a similar sanctimonious dressing-down, and you can deliver it yourself at http://www.epicurious.com/gourmet/contact/contact
10. BT asked what dish he would get if he ordered chow mein at various places around the country.
11. I told him what he would get if he ordered chow mein at Quan's Kitchen in Allston, Massachusetts.
12. So now he knows, and the only person who has any kind of problem with this is some newbie douchebag who has taken it upon himself to declare himself the final arbiter of "authenticity" as it refers to Chinese cooking.
13. If you have a problem with this, the thread for complaints is the one marked "I have never been to a more unwelcoming board." Go there and vent your little heart out.