From another thread, I claimed that when you are served carrots, broccoli and green beans in a Chinese restaurant, they are always fresh. I then went on to say that all the vegetables are fresh.
Chowhound small h corrected me by writing that frozen peas are sometimes used in fried rice and also noted that straw mushrooms and water chestnuts are normally canned.
I will definitely concede the point about the peas in fried rice, though I am not sure that straw mushrooms or water chestnuts are vegetables.
Another Chowhound, Phil_T said my statement was "very far from the truth."
The point of reference for my statement is my own tasting of the vegetables (particularly the three I mentioned), and my other point of reference is seeing restaurant workers sitting at empty tables during off hours preparing fresh vegetables. Both of which I've see more times than I can possibly count.
Can it be that I'm wrong, and that all those snow peas and eggplant and other vegetables are either canned or frozen? What am I getting form my take-out when I order beef with broccoli?
If there's anyone out there with more knowledge than I have, please elaborate.
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