Korean American culinary sensation David Chang is asked, What is the most under-rated cuisine? Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, he says Chinese food and explains that China is larger than Europe and that US Americans have no idea what real Chinese food is, nor does he believe they want to go beyond Panda Express, egg rolls, and General Tso’s Chicken.
I love that he mentioned the aesthetics of Chinese food as being unappealing to Eurocentric eyes. I think this is really important!!
Chinese dishes are often thought of as unrefined and unappealing precisely because they’re presented in a different manner than European/American/Western food is presented. You’ll seldom see Chinese food in small ass portions on large ass white plates because Chinese food is traditionally eaten communally. Even in the high class, super fancy restaurants in China and Hong Kong (I was dragged along to quite a few as a young child by my parents), the food is presented on a large platter in the middle of the table, meant to be shared by all members of the dinner party. Unless you’re at a noodle joint or a Western restaurant, no one orders individual dishes and everyone decides on the dishes together. Presentation in Chinese cuisine reflects abundance and community. Also, there’s just no need to dress up food that you know is going to taste amazing.
This is what my mom was keeping me from.
Rosanna Pansino & Kurt Hugo Schneider’s Chess Cake [x]
AW MAN Now I wish she had made it to Gemu, this is awesome.
Duck off the bone, duck fat and onion frites, quebecois cheese curds, duck demiglace. Plating was slightly messy (cheese and demiglace on yhe rim which could have been removed with a single swipe, sloppily chopped parsley, duck meat in rather large chunks as to shredded as expected). The demiglace was smooth and rich, pleasantly fatty. The fries were crisp and the onion flavour was awesome. The cheese curds were nothing spectacular, not squeaky enough for my tastes. The duck meat was a little dull, the flavour masked under the demiglace unfortunately. The frites and demiglace together were perfect though, and I think I might even prefer them without the meat and curds. Either way totally worth the 18 dollars, served as an entree. @ Rosedale Diner
2 yrs since I have had you :/ need this right now!!
The old uncle’ braised food.
Braised Food used to describe meat, egg, seaweed, bean curd, etc. stewed with soy sauce and strained before serving.
The Venice boardwalk really is fantastic for people watching.
Eating Taiwan - 30 something year old Taiwanese ladies who exercise are scary… they eat, drink, and speak in large amounts. The picture don’t even account for the multiple dishes we had…
What was I doing during all this? Getting fat while finishing up The Name of the Wind of course.
Oh yes I forgot the earthquake which occurred.
It’s your boy XtremeCaffeine, dropping some elite skills on you, how to open up a drinking coconut!