The dictionary defines authentic as "made or done the same way as an original." Therefore, it's the process by which things are created that makes them authentic. Many people wonder if Yang Chow serves authentic Chinese food. If you are one of the wondering, rest assured: we still employ the same techniques originally introduced in China. The flavors are modified here and there to match the preferences of our customers. Ingredients also vary as cost becomes a factor.
When Yang Chow first opened its doors in 1977, pig ears and jellyfish were on the menu along with some other cold appetizers. Today, these items are nowhere to be found, and that's due to the lack of demand. The menu has evolved and contains dishes that are the most popular in order to keep inventory levels down.
Some of the more popular dishes will most likely not be found in any restaurant in China, but a majority of the dishes are considered traditional Mandarin or Szechuan staples ( albeit toned down).
In the end, what matters most is flavor, and simply whether you like it or not!