All fast food is “food”. Id agree Taco Bell is a “Food like Substance” that “Approximates Mexican food”.
And while I agree there is some great “Mexican” food run by real Mexicans - a lot of it is bastardized to American tastes. Just like “Chinese” food.
I’ve actually been to both Italy and Mexico, and agree that a lot of stuff in America is an approximation. Like in some cases you can’t get the same ingredients, and that makes a difference. O
There was this new pizza place that I it up that claimed to use actual bread from Italy. Well, the flour etc is from Italy. And made like in Italy. I ate A LOT of Margherita pizza in Italy - it was cheap and delicious. But while they imported the flour, they were using shredded mozzarella, not the slices of fresh mozzarella. At least the basil was fresh. But they half assed it and it wasn’t the same.
Oh, well then they are being very authentic.
Ironically it is Asian/Pacific Islander Month. PBS has a really good documentary they are running about the history of Asian Americans.