For years, Mrs. ricepad and I have been teasing our kids that they don't know what truly bad Chinese food is, and have mock-threatened them with a dinner of La Choy or Chung King canned Chinese food so they'll know that even the worst takeout is far from the bottom of the spectrum. To be honest, I had never had canned Chinese food, either - Mom was born in China, spoke only Chinese (Toishanese) until she was 6, and learned to cook at her mother's knee - but Mrs. ricepad had pretty much ONLY had the canned variety until she moved away to college.
So the other day I'm doing the grocery shopping and what should my wandering eye fall upon but a La Choy Chicken Chow Mein 'kit' with the two cans taped together. I decide that it's now or never, so I grab a 'kit', assuming it's noodles in the big can and veggies/meat in the other. Only after I get home do I read the label: "Serving Suggestion: Serve over rice or with La Choy Chow Mein Noodles".
WHAT?? This 'chow mein' doesn't have any noodles in it? WTF does La Choy Foods, Inc, think "mein" means? I'm surprised the instructions don't advise you to add chicken to it, too!
Thank you. I feel so much better. Back to your lives, citizens.