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How Fresh Are the Veggies at a Chinese Restaurant?

Steve | Apr 18, 201912:08 PM     8

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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