I haven't been keeping up with this meme for a bit because of our poor internet connections, but I enjoy the questions - I get good ideas for recipes. Perhaps this week's questions will inspire me to experiment with an old cookbook I picked up this summer... it looks like I will have fun with it. It is a Time Life book, published in 1968, called "The Cooking of China" by Emily Hahn, that has recipes from many different provinces in China, as well as chapters on culture and history.
Here are this week’s four questions.
Let’s talk about Chinese food.
#1. Do you prefer to eat Chinese food in the restaurant or to have it delivered?
Both. But I'll vote for at the restaurant.
#2. Do you prefer wonton or egg drop soup?
#3. What flavor fried rice is your favorite?
#4. Describe your favorite item on the Chinese food menu.
We used to live within walking distance of the best Chinese restaurant in the world, Hunan Manor. Everything was good - and yes, authentic enough that you need to ask for no MSG if it bugs you - and picking a favorite is hard. I'll go for the Supreme Crispy Eggplant, listed under the Chef's Suggestions, simply because how often can eggplant be considered a favorite? They describe it as: "Sliced eggplant dipped in egg batter and deep-fried till crispy then stir-fired in sweet spicy sauce." It is hot. And it is sweet. We dined with friends at the restaurant this past summer, and I ordered this dish - it was dubbed "Eggplant candy".