December 19, 2015

The Times: They Are Interesting

Brick and mortar stores are suffering mightily from online competition and manufacturing jobs are increasingly moving overseas. Now it appears that satire is on the ropes due to sensitive palates.


General Tso’s chicken was made with steamed chicken instead of fried — which is not authentically Chinese, and simply "weird,” one student bellyached in the Oberlin Review.

Others were up in arms over banh mi Vietnamese sandwiches served with coleslaw instead of pickled vegetables, and on ciabatta bread, rather than the traditional French baguette.

"It was ridiculous,” gripes Diep Nguyen, a freshman who is a Vietnam native.

Worse, the sushi rice was undercooked in a way that was, according to one student, "disrespectful” of her culture.



Even if this IS a joke,  and I'm still holding out a desperate hope that it is, the fact that it does not seem at all beyond the pale is just not a good sign. 

UPDATE: It gets worse.

UPDATE AGAIN: Not a retraction as I'd hoped, but an observation that in an age where politics is indistinguishable from satire, some people are adapting surprisingly well...


This is running during Saturday Night Live tonight... let's see if the audience notices.

UPDATE ANON: Oh dear.


Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 06:04 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 General Tso’s chicken was made with steamed chicken instead of fried — which is not authentically Chinese

It's an American dish. 

Posted by: Wonderduck at Sat Dec 19 18:25:41 2015 (zAcee)

2 Chinese food falls into several broad categories: Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Szechuan, Zhejiang, and New York style. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sat Dec 19 18:37:57 2015 (AaBUm)

3 But fried chicken is racist, didn't you realize? It's like talking about watermelon!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Dec 19 20:47:21 2015 (+rSRq)

4 I introduced a co-worker to Raisin' Canes (a... unique chain that serves only chicken fingers). A week later I asked him how he liked it. "Man, it's great! I hate eating there so much because it's so stereotypical, but I've been there eight times this week!"

In his defense, it's quite good AND was right on his commute.

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Sun Dec 20 01:37:06 2015 (v29Tn)

5 Well, based on your description of what they did to the Banh Mi, I would say, yeah... it's not really Banh Mi, so don't try to call it that.
Banh Mi's entire reason for existence is the bread and the unique pickled veggies.  If you don't get *that* right... well, just don't try.  Go see Jared's.

Posted by: kurt duncan at Mon Dec 21 12:28:39 2015 (c/F3T)

6 College food promises only that it will be edible and not kill you. If cole slaw is your only problem with the food, you are unbelievably lucky.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sat Dec 26 19:07:42 2015 (ZJVQ5)

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