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IBD Editorials ^ | 30 Mar 2007 | Staff

Posted on 03/30/2007 5:32:35 AM PDT by Kitten Festival

Regulation: The food police are back, with the misnamed Center for Science in the Public Interest saying this time that Chinese food is bad for us. Put that egg roll down and back away slowly.

If you're a prisoner on death row, don't order any Chinese food, at least according to the CSPI food cops. The sodium alone will kill you. A plate of General Tso's chicken, the group says, has 40% more sodium and more than half the calories the average adult needs daily.

Those who remember Seinfeld's 'Soup Nazi' shouting 'No soup for you!' whenever a customer dared to stray from his ordering and menu-selection protocol must have had a sense of deja vu when CSPI issued this latest warning of culinary doom.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: chinesefood; healthpolice; regulators; soupnazi

1 posted on 03/30/2007 5:32:35 AM PDT by Kitten Festival
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To: Kitten Festival

Chinese food is high in salt, fat and calories. What about all of those "poor starving children in China" my mother used to nag me about cleaning my plate?


2 posted on 03/30/2007 5:35:00 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (Hajjis HATE the waterboard! It can turn a clam into a canary so fast Harry Potter would be jealous.)
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To: CholeraJoe
What about all of those "poor starving children in China" my mother used to nag me about cleaning my plate?

ROFL!!! That was also my first thought.

3 posted on 03/30/2007 5:36:52 AM PDT by Gabz (I like mine with lettuce and tomato, heinz57 and french-fried potatoes)
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To: Kitten Festival

Woks are great.... for changing your oil.


4 posted on 03/30/2007 5:39:00 AM PDT by Hatteras (I'm a sweetheart, genius, a reckless jerk. Lord have mercy, I'm a piece of work...)
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To: Kitten Festival

The same group that complained about the laws coming in to the bedroom, are now coming into the kitchen.


5 posted on 03/30/2007 5:40:04 AM PDT by Frankss
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To: Kitten Festival
There's quite a few old Chinese around.

How many old vegetarians do you know?

6 posted on 03/30/2007 5:41:47 AM PDT by DB
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To: CholeraJoe

LOL. The food the typical Chinese person in China eats bears little resemblance to the cornstarchy gloppy stuff served by most Chinese carryouts.


7 posted on 03/30/2007 5:42:07 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Kitten Festival

Oh, Nanny State, hold my hand tightly!


8 posted on 03/30/2007 5:47:03 AM PDT by incredulous joe ("Damn it! I am NOT being confrontational!!!" - Incredulous Joe)
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To: DB
Does Linda McCartney count?
9 posted on 03/30/2007 5:50:31 AM PDT by sticker
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To: Kitten Festival
Rats! I was planning on going to my favorite Chinese buffet tonight. I guess I can't go now.

NOT!

I'm going, and I'm going to listen to John Pinette on the way there...

You go nowwww!!!! You been here 4 hour! Why you no order vegetable? You scare my wife!

Mark

10 posted on 03/30/2007 5:50:58 AM PDT by MarkL (Environmental heretics should be burned at the stake, in a "Carbon Neutral" way...)
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To: MarkL

After you eat, are you going to rent "Free Wirrrrrrry?"


11 posted on 03/30/2007 5:57:14 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: DB

You make a GOOD point!


12 posted on 03/30/2007 6:00:47 AM PDT by Kitten Festival
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To: Kitten Festival

If it woks like a duck, it's prolly from Peking.


13 posted on 03/30/2007 6:02:43 AM PDT by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Kitten Festival

I eat Chinese maybe once a month, I doubt any permanent harm will come from it.


14 posted on 03/30/2007 6:04:02 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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To: CholeraJoe

Chinese meals aren't the same as you get in America - I guarantee.

Americanized Chinese food is to authentic Chinese as Taco Bell is to Mexican fare.


15 posted on 03/30/2007 6:05:15 AM PDT by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
After you eat, are you going to rent "Free Wirrrrrrry?"

After going to a water park!

:-)

Mark

16 posted on 03/30/2007 6:05:48 AM PDT by MarkL (Environmental heretics should be burned at the stake, in a "Carbon Neutral" way...)
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To: dmz

The food the typical Chinese person in China eats bears little resemblance to the cornstarchy gloppy stuff served by most Chinese carryouts.

That's the truth. My Chinese wife cooks everything in a wok. It's amazing how versatile that thing is - you can fry an egg, cook soup, cook a whole chicken etc. and all very fast. The thing that surprised me the most - she stir fries lettuce. Never had it before, thought I would hate it but was pleasantly surprised.


17 posted on 03/30/2007 6:10:12 AM PDT by Paisan
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To: dmz
The food the typical Chinese person in China eats bears little resemblance to the cornstarchy gloppy stuff served by most Chinese carryouts.

Bingo.

Having been in China, the New Territories at least, I can tell you that they would spit out what passes for Chinese food in most places here in the USA.

18 posted on 03/30/2007 6:16:48 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Kitten Festival
General Tso's chicken

I don't know ... maybe it's bad for you and maybe it's not. But, I think we can all agree that it's bad for the chicken.

19 posted on 03/30/2007 6:30:46 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: azhenfud
Americanized Chinese food is to authentic Chinese as Taco Bell is to Mexican fare.

If it isn't a hole in the wall on Spadina Avenue with dead birds hanging in the window, it ain't Chinese.

20 posted on 03/30/2007 6:33:12 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Is human activity causing the warming trend on Mars?)
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To: Just another Joe

How is it different?

If it has alot of soy sauce it will still have lots of sodium, won't it?


21 posted on 03/30/2007 6:39:19 AM PDT by webstersII
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To: Kitten Festival

HA! Soaking chicken parts in a salt water brine to kill bacteria has been a health requirement to restaurants for years. The ultra high sodium content resulting from this is just ignored when complaing about sodium content. :-(


22 posted on 03/30/2007 6:43:35 AM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: webstersII
LOL, soy sauce?
In most of the freshly cooked meals I had in China there was NO soy sauce.

There wasn't very much salt at all, no breading (coating) on the meats, the vegetables were fresh, and very little oil used in the making of the stir fry.

The taste was VERY different from what you get in almost ANY chinese restaurant in the USA.

23 posted on 03/30/2007 6:46:58 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Just another Joe

Yeah, I knew they didn't bread-coat and deep fry over there, but I thought they still used soy sauce a good bit.

Japanese use soy sauce pretty regularly, and some of their fish dishes are pretty salty. I found that out when I was on an extended stay over there. But they serve alot more fresh food and lightly enhanced dishes than we do in this country.


24 posted on 03/30/2007 6:53:09 AM PDT by webstersII
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To: DB
There's quite a few old Chinese around. How many old vegetarians do you know?

Lots. They're all Chinese though.

25 posted on 03/30/2007 7:41:47 AM PDT by JohnnyZ ("I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose" -- Mitt Romney, April 2002)
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To: CholeraJoe

How come the chicken I get at a Chinese restaurant doesn't look like the chicken I get anywhere else? Even in a $1 Banquet tv dinner.


26 posted on 03/30/2007 7:44:13 AM PDT by Ieatfrijoles (Incinerate Riyadh Now.(Request shot splash))
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To: webstersII
Yeah, I knew they didn't bread-coat and deep fry over there, but I thought they still used soy sauce a good bit.

Not unless it's a noodle dish. Then they use some soy sauce to flavor the noodles.

27 posted on 03/30/2007 7:45:12 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Kitten Festival

My wife is Chinese and teaches wok cooking:
Wok Star Eleanor Hoh--> http://www.eleanorhoh.com

The food in most American "Chinese" restaurants is NOT what Chinese people eat. It's been created for the American palate (deep fried, salty, with lots of brown goopy sauce). Many Chinese restaurants have two menus... one for the Chinese and one for the kuai lo's (foreign devils).

This is the reason my wife never uses the word "Chinese" to describe her cooking. Authentic home style wok cooking is healthy, delicious, and simple.


28 posted on 03/30/2007 7:48:05 AM PDT by rbudd
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To: Ieatfrijoles

Cat's in the kettle

Did you ever think, when you eat Chinese
It ain’t pork or chicken but a fat siamese?
Yet the food tastes great, so you don’t complain.
But that’s not chicken in your chicken chow mein.
Seems to me I ordered sweet-and-sour pork
But Garfield’s on my fork.
He’s purrin’ here on my fork.

...

There’s a cat in the kettle at the Peking Moon
The place that I eat every day at noon.
They can feed you cat and you’ll never know
Once they wrap it up in dough, boys:
They fry it real crisp in dough.

...

Chou Lin asked if I wanted more
As he was dialin’ up his buddy at the old pet store.
I said "Not today. I lost my appetite.
"There’s two cats in my belly and they want to fight."
I was suckin’ on a Rolaid and a Tums or two
When I swear I heard it mew, boys:
And that is when I knew...

...

There’s a cat in the kettle at the Peking Moon
I think I gotta stop eatin’ there at noon.
They say that it’s beef or fish or pork
But it’s purrin’ there on my fork.
There’s a hair-ball on my fork.


29 posted on 03/30/2007 8:04:48 AM PDT by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: azhenfud

That's good chow fun.


30 posted on 03/30/2007 8:07:21 AM PDT by Ieatfrijoles (Incinerate Riyadh Now.(Request shot splash))
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To: azhenfud

LOL!


31 posted on 03/30/2007 8:15:47 AM PDT by kitkat (The first step down to hell is to deny the existence of evil.)
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To: Paisan

Can you cook SPAM, turnip greens and taters at the same time in a WOK? YA know....homeboy stir-fry. Or, would that offend a Muslim somewhere? ;)


32 posted on 03/30/2007 8:20:02 AM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: RSmithOpt

No problem there. Actually, Asians have their own version of turnip greens - bok choy. Bein' a meat and taters kind of guy, I don't like either.
As far as meat goes, if it used to move around, they will eat every part of it - feet, ears, tail, head


33 posted on 03/30/2007 8:36:11 AM PDT by Paisan
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To: rbudd
with lots of brown goopy sauce

I can't tell you how much I hate that brown sauce by now.

Sometimes I let my guard down and order a standard chicken veg & steamed rice meal from a cookie-cutter Chinese place and SLOP! I get a mess of brown sauce with what used to be food buried in it.

It makes me so sad when I think of the delicious fitty cent fried squid cooked in front of me on the side of the road in Taiwan...

34 posted on 03/30/2007 8:41:00 AM PDT by JohnnyZ ("I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose" -- Mitt Romney, April 2002)
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To: Kitten Festival

It's an uncontrovertible - but widely denied - fact that life invariably ends in death.


35 posted on 03/30/2007 9:17:25 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Kitten Festival

Somebody (probably these same leftist busybodies) publishes this "Chinese food is bad for you" article every couple of years or so. As the prime example, they always use a dish like sweet and sour pork, General Tso's chicken, etc.; deep-fried, breaded meat covered in sugary, starchy glop and served with a quart of white rice. There is no one on this Earth who thinks these dishes are particularly healthy. The only reason leftists assume their monotonous trivialities are "news" to the reading public is because of their (the leftists') supreme arrogance. Mark my words, you will see this exact same article again in a couple of years' time.


36 posted on 03/30/2007 10:26:06 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam
Mark my words, you will see this exact same article again in a couple of years' time.

We'll probably see it two days from now when someone re-posts it on FR.

Do a search, people! ;P

37 posted on 03/30/2007 11:09:43 AM PDT by JohnnyZ ("I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose" -- Mitt Romney, April 2002)
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