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Farewell to Chinese Food

Straight Talk Gourmet | Jan 8, 2003 07:28 PM

I am coming out of the closet at long last --- I don't like Chinese food. After spending the last 7 years in San Francisco discovering the wonders of other Asian cuisines -- esp. Thai and Vietnamese -- I don't see how Chinese food survives as a genre. Chinese dishes, by and large, seem to be nothing more than some variation of protein in soy sauce. The flavors just aren't that interesting once you've been exposed to the more sophisticated flavors of Thai or Vietnamese.

I grew up in New England where Chinese food was long the *only* Asian cuisine available (mostly, it still is that way). I never really new any better but other than General Tso's Chicken, I never really had a dish that knocked me out. Leave a dim sum place -- yes, even the ones that get raves here in the city -- and I invariably feel greasy to the core. It's all fried this and soy-sauce soaked that. Blech.

Then, it hit me, following a recent trip to Marnee Thai....Chinese food is terrible. I no longer hace to succumb to the brainwashing that Chinese food is good. It's not. It's awful. And now, I can come forth and invite the rest of you to join me in its repudiation.

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