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Chicken balls, sans sweet and sour sauce.

So, I made a little boo-boo.

I learned during the Smart Bitches Sizzling Book Club chat that chicken balls, featured in Back to the Good Fortune Diner as a uniquely North American-style Chinese food product, are NOT, in fact, available in the U.S.

According to Wikipedia, this is the dish I refer to as sweet and sour chicken balls:

Chicken balls (Chinese: ??; pinyinj? qiúCantonese Yale: gai1kau4) are a type of modern Chinese food served in Canada,[1][2][3] and the United Kingdom[4] as a staple of Chinesetake-out. The dish consists of small chunks of fried chicken breast meat covered in a crispy batter coating. They are often served with sweet and sour sauce or plum sauce. These are largely unheard of in China, depending on the recipe and referred name.[5]

They're so ubiquitous in Canada, I didn't even think for a minute they wouldn't have them in the States. This is why fact checking is important....

Okay, so how to explain away the Good Fortune Diner's specialty menu item? Well...

1) Only available at the Good Fortune Diner in Everville! Exotic Canadian Chicken Balls with Sweet and Sour Sauce! No need to drive across the border for delicious golden spheres of deep fried goodness!

2) Since the Cheungs are from Hong Kong, which was a part of the British Empire before the handover to the Chinese in 1997, maybe it was something Tony and Rose knew was popular with non-Chinese diners so had them sourced and imported...

3) There is a secret black market in Manhattan where the Cheungs get their illicit supply of Canadian chicken balls. Studies suggest the underground economy for chicken ball smuggling is worth over $10 billion....

4) Magic.