IMHO, that's truly not a fair comparison.
How many Americans you know have really tried real Chinese food?
...not the "average" person.
Chinese restaurants make "American-Chinese" food. If you went to China, you'd hardly recognize some of your favorites you eat here. That's not an exaggeration either.
BTW, I love anything hot! Welcome to the board too.
While I'm on the subject, I think it's funny watching many people eat oriental food. Maybe rice should be considered a side dish and half the price because that's how it's treated.