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Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

Scoopg you contribute an amazing amount of information to this board, not to mention reviews.

1 day ago
Pookipichu in General Topics

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

+1 if you ask a Chinese person what Chinese food is like, their answer will vary greatly depending on where they are from.

I have not been to Xinjiang or Yunnan and my understanding of the food there is going to be much more limited than someone from those regions.

So depending on where the OP's friends are from, they will have different bases of knowledge, not to mention that not every Chinese person is knowledgeable about food, any more so than the average American has heard of EMP or can rattle off the recipes for North Carolina bbq vs. Tennessee, etc. A lot of people have very little knowledge about food, I encounter this in my own family, it's just not their interest.

Lunch before matinee in theatre district nyc

I last dined there several decades ago, and it was indeed quiet, but the food was mediocre, can't really comment because haven't been back, I remember liking the room though and the OP did note that food wasn't as important as quiet.

1 day ago
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

Don't take it personally if you did, my tone was not meant to be defensive or offend and I'm not being picayune. I'm responding more to the OP than you, in that you will see raw vegetables and produce in Chinese food. And it's not like we're talking about religion, it's such a trifling topic. :)

I don't know enough about Laotian cuisine to comment since I am not Laotian nor have I eaten any great sampling of Laotian food.

But I am Chinese, lived there, and have a huge extended family in China and have more than a typical sampling of diverse Chinese foods, and unlike many non-Chinese, I actively seek to eat Chinese food most of the time. So I'm assuming, I've eaten more Chinese food than you (of course I'm not saying that I can't be mistaken). But in my experience, many of the posters here are conjecturing about things with sweeping generalizations that are inaccurate. Chinese parsley is ubiquitous in its raw form, as is scallion, raw snacks are served, appetizer platters have raw produce. Salads are much less common in China and I'm not asserting that raw vegetables comprise the bulk of Chinese cuisine, because they don't, in my experience. I'm not familiar enough with other Asian cuisines but in my limited experience, raw vegetables don't comprise the bulk of Japanese, Korean, Thai, Filipino, Malaysian, Indian or Vietnamese cuisine. All of them are more likely to have cooked vegetables which would refute the point of the OP.

1 day ago
Pookipichu in General Topics

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

Exact opposite experience, I don't know any place that doesn't serve xlb without raw ginger.

1 day ago
Pookipichu in General Topics

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

Chinese people eat raw shredded ginger, you'll see it used as a condiment, especially with xiao long bao. I've given multiple examples of raw produce used served in Chinese cuisine.

2 days ago
Pookipichu in General Topics

Holiday Party Queens/Manhattan: Spanish food

Jora in LIC, you would have the whole restaurant to yourself, good location, Peruvian crowd pleasers, they seat up to 65.

Nov 20, 2014
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Dumpling Galaxy - Dumplings and more

After Steve R's review made me hungry for dumplings, I tried the curry again per Miss Needle's recommendation, only this time I ordered curry pot stickers instead of boiled dumplings.

I actually liked the curry flavor much more when fried, I think the water cooking doesn't release the flavor as well and gave me a poor initial impression. I was a little disappointed that the pot stickers were a bit sloppier than usual, two of them were not properly sealed.

Nov 20, 2014
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Nominate your favorite restaurants in Manhattan for "Best of 2014."

fdr the OP was edited to include the link, I was curious as well what the categories were before they updated the post.

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

I think SilverJay was talking about hookworms too, although many Chinese I know do eat like they have tape worms in them.

Nov 19, 2014
Pookipichu in General Topics

NYC Michelin Discrepancies

I personally wouldn't rate the NYC establishments as low as you did, but food is a very personal thing and you may not have enjoyed your meals.

I'm not a huge fan of Marea and even I would rate it higher than 4.5/10. Some of the food there is pretty good :)

I did find it interesting what you mentioned regarding Hakkasan. I just googled and Hakkasan SF has both higher Zagat rating and MUCH higher Yelp rating than the NYC one, yet the one in NYC has a Michelin. Have you eaten at both?

Nov 19, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Birthday Dinner Suggestions

Pan I'm not sure if you were simply clarifying or making a suggestion that the food at L'ecole is amateur, but the food I've had at L'ecole has been better than many non-student restaurants.

Also, if you want to eat the student cooked meals, you need to be seated between 7:30-9:45PM M-F. The students don't cook on Saturday, the food is handled by resident chefs.

Have you been to L'ecole? It's one of the best values in the city for fine dining. The students are graded on their work and supervised by instructors, they serve to bring the cost of the meal down.

4 course meal for $59 and they will leave stuffed, well within budget, having eaten in an elegant space, that is warm and inviting.

To the OP, I would take Benoit off your list. Bouley, Forgione and Marea are all going to blow your budget, especially if you have a healthy appetite.

Nov 19, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Chowhound lunch at Zabb Elee in Queens

Sounds great, can you share which dishes?

Nov 19, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

I understood your point, I was offering a counterpoint because there is a history of independently developed medicinal thought in China.

There's more conjecture than statement and the history is not well-documented, I take Western-centric historians with a grain of salt. :)

Nov 19, 2014
Pookipichu in General Topics

Settle a debate about food in Flushing.

That's what it looks like. Hot pot is really just about cooking the food yourself though. Any food that is sui zhu, water cooked is like wet hot pot.

"So are you saying the two dishes are dry and wet hot pot, but both served already prepared?"

Nov 19, 2014
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Settle a debate about food in Flushing.

What you are talking about is huo guo = fire pot. It's just being lost in translation. That's the cooking experience.

I second BTaylor's recommendation of Little Lamb Family, or you could go to Baidu for huo guo as well. Both dishes you ordered look like they could have come from dry and wet huo guo respectively, but clearly lacked the whole experience.

Nov 19, 2014
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

I wouldn't confer the origin of hot-cold principles to Greece or India, they most likely developed independently based on the concepts of balancing in existing Chinese herbology and acupuncture. The study of substances native to East Asia and the effects on the body, in which the concept of yin/yang was incorporated. Cross-cultural exchange with Chinese herbologists and doctors could have brought more clarity to the Vedic documents especially concerning qi centers. There is evidence that Chinese medical texts predate the Aryurvedic medical texts.

The Bheda Samhita is dated between 4th and 6th century and 五十二病方 the 52 ailments was found in a tomb sealed in 168BCE. Very interesting history.

Nov 19, 2014
Pookipichu in General Topics

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

Taiwan has amazing produce, the fruit!

Nov 18, 2014
Pookipichu in General Topics

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

Amazing 66, fried duck tongue, haven't been back for years so can't vouch for quality.

It pops up as specials in Flushing, but the braised and stir-fried versions are more common the best thing is just to fry up a bunch at home.

Nov 18, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

When they are braised or stir fried, the cartilage either becomes gooey or it retains a snap When duck tongue is deep fried properly the cartilage becomes easy to eat and the duck tongue has a more pleasing puffy texture. I'm not a fan of the other cooking methods for duck tongue. But I hear you, I was at Jade Dim Sum Restaurant with people who didn't grow up eating cartilage and ordered the fried chicken cartilage, I had that dish pretty much all to myself.

Nov 18, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Baked ( Tribeca)

If you like cookies, they do cookies well. Their chocolate cloud is one of their strengths.

Nov 17, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

Deep fried duck tongue, you pop them in your mouth like popcorn, I've eaten bowls of them, which is quite horrid if I think about it too much. Braised is not my favorite, the cartilage doesn't always break down.

Pig intestine has a funky taste that never seems to go away no matter how well it's cleaned. I eat it, but give me pork shoulder over that any day. I never crave it.

Nov 17, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Baked ( Tribeca)

Just so you don't get further disappointed, their pies are not that great :) I should have couched my enthusiasm, I'm not a fan of cupcakes anywhere and I don't love everything at Baked, but the cakes I like there are OMG so good. (Birthday cake is not on my list of faves, it's all looks, no flavor, nor do I love their bundt cakes)

Nov 17, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

Not looking to get into an authenticity debate :) but upscale restaurants in China will velvet white meat in their three cup chicken. I've had this version in Taipei and the dish itself is Taiwanese. That's not to say many Chinese don't like or prefer dark meat, but upscale places make use of the breast meat and serve chicken off the bone. Chinese people do eat dishes with white meat and boneless chicken dishes.

Dark meat is cheaper and more forgiving to cook, rather than based on authenticity, I think that it's a no brainer for China Blue to go that route for practical reasons.

Nov 17, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

I wouldn't assume you avoid unfamiliar foods, I think your posts show very diverse eating habits. That being said, I prefer the taste of duck tongue to pig intestine, but I'll eat almost anything. Did you have your duck tongue braised or deep fried?

Nov 17, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

Duck tongue has a smooth duck flavor, not gamey. The texture depends on preparation, fried duck tongue is like eating slightly crisp puffs of ethereal duck meat that melt in your mouth. I think it tastes so much better than beef tongue, which is more popular. Sometimes beef tongue can have some strong flavors that are a little unpleasant.

Nov 17, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

Just regarding duck tongue, I wish it was more popular in the USA, duck tongue can be ethereal, so delicious but it's never caught on.

Nov 17, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Dumpling Galaxy - Dumplings and more

I actually still go to the golden mall stall if I'm doing takeout, but they give me a hard time there when I order lamb with cilantro, they don't like making the custom combinations for me and push me to order something premade.

I like that the dumplings at DG are all filled to order, the wrapper has a better consistency too. I agree that the dumplings at DG are better.

Nov 17, 2014
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Dumpling Galaxy - Dumplings and more

I've eaten way too many for my waistline lol

Nov 17, 2014
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Pre Theater Dinner: BofM and RofA

What cuisines are you interested in? Do you have a budget?

There is a Peruvian restaurant called Pio Pio that is not far from the restaurant. It is family friendly and specializes in Peruvian roast chicken.

Nov 17, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan