October 11, 2005

I have decided, after eating the “Chinese” food pictured here, that I will not sample any more Chinese food in the Carribean and South America if any of the following paramenters are met:

  1. 1. If I am the only Chinese person in “Chinatown”, and other tourists are delighted to see me.
  2. If no one who works in the restaurant is Chinese.
  3. If there is only a museum now to mark where Chinatown once stood.

I know that I am simply setting myself up for a downfall, but I can´t help myself. If the food were presented as “local food”, I would have no problem eating it and probably enjoying it.

It´s like expecting a thick juicy, grilled steak and instead getting steamed fish. It´s just such a totally wrong experience. It´s not bad, just not right.

So, I am going to try to stick to the local delicacies and hopefully fare better…

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3 Comments

  1. It does always bother me when an ethnic restaurant doesn’t have staff of that ethnicity working / cooking there. (By ethnic, I mean anything that’s non-American, because I’m an imperialist shallow minded state-sider, of course.)

    Yet, it’s not a 100% rule as far as ethnic food goes. The Mexican restaurant Anna’s Taqueria was founded by Japanese entrepreneur Michael Kamio, and offers quite tasty food.

    That hidden jem of a restaurant may be out there, but you’re probably right — the bad so vastly outnumber the good, it’s not worth the effort.

    Comment by John — October 12, 2005 @ 1:58 am

  2. I did not leave a comment when you first posted this but I have relayed

    Comment by Ken Lin — November 21, 2005 @ 3:44 pm

  3. … your story to others (Chinese, mostly) and we all had a good laugh. Looking forward to more WCF updates!

    Comment by Ken Lin — November 21, 2005 @ 3:47 pm

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