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Friday, September 08, 2006

Hold the Mayo

What would you say if someone who comes from China asked you what mayonnaise is?

"What is this?"
"Uh..."

"Is it spicy?"
"Uh, no."

"Is it salty?"
"No."

"Is it sweet?"
"Uh, not really"

"I wouldn't really recommend it."

3 comments:

lj said...

*I'd* recommend it. I guess I wouldn't know how to describe it, though. How would you describe cheese to someone who'd never had it? It seems similar to me.

teague said...

Cheese is a dairy product, a genre of food familiar the world over. Mayo is a human creation whose ingredients are not immediately apparent, making it more inscrutable. (According to the Wikipedia entry, jarred mayonnaise just celebrated its hundredth anniversary.

lj said...

What do you mean? It's eggs and oil. And it's possibly been around since at least the 1500's (if that wikipedia article is to be trusted...). Someday I'm going to sneak it into a sandwich for you, and you'll wonder why that sandwich is better than other sandwiches you've had.

Miracle Whip, on the other hand, really is disgusting.

Is cheese ever used in Asian cooking? I'm genuinely curious. I don't think I've ever had an Asian dish with cheese in it, but then my experience is pretty limited.