I was eatin' some chop suey,
With a lady in St. Louie,
When there sudden comes a knockin' at the door.
And that knocker, he says, "Honey,
Roll this rocker out some money,
Or your daddy shoots a baddie to the floor."
-- Mr. Miggle
Sorry, I couldn't resist, either.
When I was a wee rugrat, many years ago, my only experience with "Chinese" cuisine was through the cans of chow mein that my parents bought at the grocery store. The kind where you open a can of veggies and a separate can of meat-in-gravy, mix them together and serve them over crunchy canned noodles. I actually used to like that stuff, once upon a when.
Order chow mein in a Chinese restaurant in Missouri these days, and god knows what you'll get. Whatever else it consists of, it will probably contain a lot of cabbage.