Lifting the lid on Chinese food
Replies: 33 - Last Post: Jan 20, 2013 12:38 AM Last Post By: ayanamidreamseq...
Jan 17, 2013 4:39 AM
Jan 17, 2013 4:40 AM
Jan 17, 2013 4:45 AM
17Fair enough. I could quite happily spend the rest of my life living off UK 'Chinese'. I used to love Chinese food, and still eat it whenever I'm back home, but crikey. The year I spent in Hunan was probably the closest I'll ever be to being malnourished.
Jan 17, 2013 5:29 AM
I put European and 'others' into two separate categories, because it's like comparing apples and pears.
European, anywhere in Europe, is home, 'others' is all ethnic food, or exotic. Out of others, Chinese, SEAsian and Indian are my favourite cuisines. I also like Korean and Japanese. For European, for me it's Spanish before Italian. I like the Spanish diversity both in food itself and the way it's served, the number of bars and their, hm... unpretentiousness. Italy is close second.
Jan 17, 2013 5:45 AM
19Well yes, it's all subjective obviously.
I was talking with an elderly lady this afternoon about her chickens, which I thought were very healthy chickens. 'Yes' she said, 'When I was young we were eating tree bark, now I eat chicken.' A very happy lady, of course.
But although tree bark to chicken is quite a leap, 60 years does not make a national cuisine.
Jan 17, 2013 2:25 PM
Jan 17, 2013 3:40 PM
21After having been three weeks in Vietnam then flying into China, I so missed Vietnamese food. I really missed it - the Chinese food didn't hold a candle to it. The worst was the noodles - bland, mushy stuff which tasted worse than the stuff I cook. That said, the meal at the restaurant when I did a tour to Mutianyu was wonderful as was the meal we had on the Xian warriors tour. These were really good, I don't know the names but there was a variety of about nine or ten dishes.
Also found a great little place in a hutong in Beijing - cheap, cheap but very tasty. The Pingyao cold beef which I was told was a signature dish was alright but nothing to rave about. And the Peking Duck of course was delicious as was the $8 bottle of Chinese wine.
Jan 17, 2013 3:45 PM
22As I said before it's all about taste. I was in Spain last year with another Chinese couple. They were suffering and did not like any of the food. I thought the food was great. It's all about was you are used to.
Noodles would not exactly qualify as good Chinese food. Only the very poor Chinese will eat noodles.
Jan 17, 2013 5:59 PM
23Of course it is all a matter of taste right??
But please do this test........
Eat Chinese food in China at a bunch of different restaurants varying in price and location. Afterwards tell me that you feel healthy and your stomach is like a well oiled machine. Then (like I did the other month) go to Japan and eat Japanese food at a bunch of different restaurants varying in price and location.................and tell me how you feel.
Japanese food blows Chinese food out of the kitchen as does Indian, though Indian like Chinese does have a habit of coming back to haunt you the following morning.
Again just my opinion.
But before I go answer me this...........................sit in front of a plate of dumplings and mantou and tell me that is not the epitome of blandness xx
Jan 18, 2013 1:14 AM
If you look at Chinese food like that, then yes, you'll get bored.
Chinese food at its best is when you have several dishes on the table - meat, fish, v.egetables, and you can mix the tastes and flavours.
If you want to compare with Japanese, wouldn't you get quickly bored if you got to eat only okonomiyaki and boiled noodles?
Jan 18, 2013 2:36 AM
Jan 18, 2013 3:03 AM
26I guess they think that western tourists won't eat what the locals eat.
They do this in Italy too...At my local restaurant,the menu is full of unimaginative fried rice and noodle dishes.But the Chinese people who eat there have a different menu.
I always ask them to make me something from that 'other' menu.and it is always good.....
Jan 18, 2013 5:38 AM
Jan 18, 2013 6:11 AM
Jan 18, 2013 7:52 PM
29I might be stating the obvious here but the problem with Chinese food (apart in my view it being bland and over rated ) is with such a huge population to feed and dwindling arable land etc it is nigh on impossible to get 'fresh' ingredients.
We've all heard about exploding water melons and fake MSG, did you ever see what they do to pigs??!! shove a tube down their mouth and pump them full of water until they drowned, meaning the pork is heavier thus making more money.
They're are still some things I like about China but the food is dirty and I would not trust it as far as I could throw it out of a moving bullet train.
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