I had one of the worst ever tonight. A Chinese place, lauded because all the Chinese students at the University eat there and are reported to say its authentic. The menu looked it with beef tendon and fish stomach etc etc as well as the more Americanized stuff that I'm used to ordering more often than not..
So I ordered fried dumplings and General Tso's chicken, which I know isn't authentic, but I like it. And its always my test dish for Chinese restaurants because it is easy to screw-up with over battering and over cooking. And even screwed up a bit it is still tasty.
So the Fried Dumplings arrive (after my companion's main BTW) and were full-sized dumplings maybe 25% filled with an unseasoned pellet of meat. They tasted oily. A new low in dumplings.
Gen Tso was so over-cooked it was woody in texture. And bland. Though labeled as spicy and though there were visible chili peppers there was no hint of any heat. And there was no sauce to speak of.
For me this was a new low in Chinese or any other cuisine.