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Old 11-09-2018, 08:12 PM
 
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I've got one that is sort of related to thread = Thai restaurants and chopsticks. Unlike much of Asia, Thailand does not have a chopstick culture. If you go into a local restaurant and order a dish they will give you a fork and spoon. If you buy instant noodles at the convenience store it'll come with a little folded plastic fork, not disposable chopsticks like in many other Asian countries. There is an exception with soups, for whatever reason places that serve soup will have a container on each table that has forks/spoons/chopsticks and you will see some locals using chopsticks in one hand and spoon in the other. They will also have chopsticks at restaurants that specialize in something with Chinese roots like hot pot or Hainanese chicken rice.

It's kind of funny that so many Thai restaurants in USA will offer chopsticks, they are trying to fulfill the customer expectation of being more authentically Asian but are actually serving food in a manner different than in Thailand.
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I hope I havenít posted this before in this thread. I donít think I have.

I think the ethnic cuisine most often messed up is American home cooking. What American style restaurants do to food is often criminal. Instead of fresh veggies, you might well eat canned, especially in soup. Order tomato soup and you might get something along the order of tomato sauce. Order clam chowder, and you might get a white concoction thickened up with flour and only trace amounts of clam flavoróor clams.

You cannot buy a handmade pie any more. Perhaps some Amish restaurants still make them. But most pie is badly made, oversweetened, and placed in machine made crusts that have the consistency of cardboard.

Order chicken noodle soup and you might get a bowl of noodles in over salted broth that originated in bouillon cubes.

Biscuits. These should be the pride of a breakfast cafe, right? Sometimes you might get lucky. But often what you get has been made with low grade flour or biscuit mix. All one tastes in these things is starch.

Sometimes you encounter a gem of a restaurant that cooks fresh food, and prides itself on its American cuisine. But in my experience, this is rare.

Iíve eaten good American cooking. It did not hapoen often, but occasionally I did when I was growing up. It is as good as any other cuisine. But you would not know it from mostly lackluster restaurants purveying it now.
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Old Today, 06:58 AM
 
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Funny, as my husband of Italian descent hates al dente pasta even though he knows that is how they cook it there these days. His mother did not cook it al dente and he likes it as she cooked it.

In Italy he asks them to cook it longer. Usually they do, but sometimes they make comments such as saying, oh yes, that is how some of the OLD people like it.
When I went to Milan a few years ago, I asked the waiter about the concept of al dente pasta. He said they donít cook it like that, that itís an American thing. Iím fine with it either way.

I also asked about the US Italian restaurant abomination of al dente rice in risotto. He agreed, saying no one cooks risotto that way in Italy. Myself, Iíve never understood the idea of crunchy rice in this dish. Itís just plain stupid.
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I hope I havenít posted this before in this thread. I donít think I have.

I think the ethnic cuisine most often messed up is American home cooking. What American style restaurants do to food is often criminal. Instead of fresh veggies, you might well eat canned, especially in soup. Order tomato soup and you might get something along the order of tomato sauce. Order clam chowder, and you might get a white concoction thickened up with flour and only trace amounts of clam flavoróor clams.

You cannot buy a handmade pie any more. Perhaps some Amish restaurants still make them. But most pie is badly made, oversweetened, and placed in machine made crusts that have the consistency of cardboard.

Order chicken noodle soup and you might get a bowl of noodles in over salted broth that originated in bouillon cubes.

Biscuits. These should be the pride of a breakfast cafe, right? Sometimes you might get lucky. But often what you get has been made with low grade flour or biscuit mix. All one tastes in these things is starch.

Sometimes you encounter a gem of a restaurant that cooks fresh food, and prides itself on its American cuisine. But in my experience, this is rare.

Iíve eaten good American cooking. It did not hapoen often, but occasionally I did when I was growing up. It is as good as any other cuisine. But you would not know it from mostly lackluster restaurants purveying it now.
I do have a place in my area that makes homemade pie crust. They do a booming business with their pies at all holidays.

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Old Today, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I do have a place in my area that makes homemade pie crust. They do a booming business with their pies at all holidays.

Delicious Orchards Ľ Pies
By all means, go have a piece for me! Lucky you.
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