Chinese Food Makes Me Sick…

8 Jun

“I like girls that wear Abercrombie and Fitch, Chinese food makes me sick…”

Well, I haven’t really liked girls in Abercrombie since 7th grade, and Chinese food only makes me sick about half the time, but when I started thinking about this post, that song wouldn’t leave my head!

Last week while I was camping with a group of friends, we passed through several small towns on the way to Big Meadows.  Looking for a place to eat, we noticed that we were pretty much limited to one of three options:  1) Small town diner, 2) Fast Food, or 3) Chinese Food.  Of course we opted for the small town diner, but it struck up a conversation on Chinese Food.

The conversation started when someone asked if Chinese Food was on the way out.  The once staple to everyone’s take-out rotation, is now little more than a small town strip mall option, food court staple, or (in DC) one of those crazy Chinese/Subs/Seafood combo dumps.  In our great city full of food options from nearly any country in the world, I can only think of one, maybe two, places that I would actually get Chinese Food.

So if Chinese is on the way out, what is feeding our hunger for Asian food goodness?  After a little consideration, we decided that Thai was the new Chinese.  As others have noticed recently as well, Thai joints seem to be popping up all over the place!  They’re hip, they’re trendy, and yes, they are freak’n delicious.

So why is it that Thai is taking over Chinese?  It could be that we were just simply tired of General Tso, but I think it is a much bigger phenomena.  Even though the majority of Americans haven’t yet jumped on the organic or local food wagon, we are all certainly more conscious about what we eat.  When I think about Chinese take-out, three foods comes to mind: Fried egg-rolls, flavors of fried chicken (read Sesame, General Tso, etc.) and egg foo yung, all with a side of two pieces of broccoli.    When I think of Thai food, I think veggies and rice noodles, spring-rolls, and tofu substitutions.

I think we are growing up!  Not only do we no longer associate Asian food with just Chinese anymore, but we are learning to eat our veggies.  And with our grown-up taste buds, we are moving on to bigger and tastier things.  So what do you think?  Is Chinese on the way out and Thai taking its place?  Or are we just diversifying a bit?

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One Response to “Chinese Food Makes Me Sick…”

  1. Roommate June 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    For such a stupid topic, this is a surprisingly thoughtful and well-written blog. B-

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