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Works For Me Wednesday- Actually Not So Much

  So it is another themed Works For Me Wednesday and the theme is “Things That Don’t Work For Me.” I am sitting here wracking my brain and am at a lose. This is either because I am so freakin’ brilliant that I never try things that don’t work for me, or because my brain is fried from an evening spent at the local go-cart track/arcade after consuming large amounts of pizza at the 3 hour pizza buffet. In my defense I tried to hit the salad portion of the buffet, but the line was ridiculous. Who gets salad at a pizza buffet? Did they not see all the pizza??!!

I apparently still have food on the brain (not to mention on the belly) because it suddenly occurred to me what really doesn’t work for me. Chinese food. Let me explain why.

My junior year of college I studied abroad in Asia for a semester. It was an amazing experiece I will never forget. But there was a bit of a problem in that I didn’t like any of the food basically the whole time. In Japan, it was the seafood. Not really a fan of seafood and I’m livin’ in the land of sushi. In fact, we stayed a weekend with a host family and when they asked my what I like to eat, I replied, “Nothing out of the ocean.” They looked at me with a shocked expression and said, “What, not even octopus?” Um, yeah, especially not octopus.

Now at the time I went to China, I liked Chinese food. In fact, the summer before I left, I remember getting together with a fellow study abroad-er and ordering a large amount of chinese food in order to try and teach ourselves to eat with chopsticks (good thing cause they really didn’t have forks over there). Then we actually get to China. Let me just say that what you people are eating and calling “chinese food” is not Chinese food. Their food has heads on it. And sometimes fur. And could have possibly been a house pet at one point. So suddenly my love for Chinese food takes a turn for the worse.

I should also note that at the time I weighed 98 pounds. Please don’t hate me, I just had crazy metabolism. And I didn’t in any way appreciate it at the time. Foolish, foolish youth. Anywho, I was starving over there and desperate for something that resembled food. Sadly, that became McDonalds, which barely resembles food, but close enough. So I would step out of our hotel and hail a rickshaw to have some poor man carry me in a cart on wheels to the local McDonalds where I would order a Big Mac. Man, those had never tasted better. And who knew, but I am a very good rickshaw tipper.

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Comments

  1. Deborah Li says:

    Hm… There’s different kind of Chinese food. Not all chinese eat stuff with fur on them, house pets and gross innards. I should know, I’m a Singapore Chinese. and those stuff gross me out too. Chinese food has different kinds: hainanese, cantonese, hakka, hokkien, Singapore chinese, malaysia chinese, etc. :)

  2. Oh, this makes me so sad. I’ve lived a delusional chinese food existence up until now. Thanks for ruining it :D

  3. I have the sneaking suspicion that what we call Mexican food is not much like what they really serve in Mexico. I would not eat food with heads on it either.

  4. I went to Korea & China after graduating from high school, and had to learn how to eat with chopsticks on our LONG plane ride. Yes, Chinese food here is different – I didn’t know that until I sat at a table in a restaurant by the Great Wall and saw them bring out a fish – a whole fish, with it’s head on it. Needless to say, nobody at our table touched it. I did however discover my LOVE for sushi – oh how I’d love to go back as an adult and enjoy it like it deserves to be.

  5. Hi Jill…just read your “100 things about me” and was having total jr high/high school Marshalltown flashbacks. Maid Rite made an impression on ME too…here’s my dedicated blog entry: http://strongrhetoric.blogspot.com/2008/02/way-to-americas-heart-through-their.html

  6. I was in china last year – some stuff was admittedly scary, but they really did have some tasy food, too! but I like seafood, so that helps. but you’re right – they really DON’T have forks. Even at the mcdonalds I went into (the only bathroom I could find; I didn’t actually eat mcdonalds during my only week in china)!

  7. Courtney says:

    I think you know that our old friend Lisa H. is in China for the olympics. She said she just can not eat the food there. So, she has been eating McD’s for every single meal. Good thing she works for them. :-)

  8. Heather says:

    mmm…Chinese food – that’s what’s for dinner. Thanks! (I rack my brain every day trying to think of one STINKIN’ thing that feel like eating – besides ice cream and cereal)

  9. You are too funny! I’m not a big Chinese food fan myself. I must confess, when I was over in Europe, I craved McDonalds and indulged every now and then.

    So, I’m actually stopping by and let you know that I’ve got a list of several free books up for grabs in my May Pay It Forward Book Exchange. Come on over if you’re interested in entering to win or even hosting your own PIF giveaway this month!

  10. This is funny! We use to go to an American “Chinese” buffet w/a Navy friend of ours & he would comment about how what we are eating is NOT chinese. Course not cuz if the Chinese ate every day the food we ate there that night, they’d all be fat too! 90% of the food on our plate was fried.

    I was too dumb to appreciate it when I weighed 98 lbs too!

  11. I spent a summer in Japan and gained weight! So I obviously didn’t have a dislike for the food – I even enjoyed the octupus (cooked please, not raw).

  12. Not even Octopus!!!

    No way. Not ever.

    Funny post!

  13. skiplovey says:

    We’ve got a lot of very authentic Chinese restaurants here in Los Angeles (a lot of authentic everything restaurants actually) and while some of the food is a little crazy for me, I love most of it. The craziest, spiciest food I’ve ever had but totally delish.

    Man I can’t believe you lived in Japan and didn’t eat the seafood. Wow.

  14. Eight says:

    I too gained weight in Japan. I dumped my strict and vehement vegetarianism, and what a world opened before me! Never have I ever eaten so well, or will eat so well again. I only wish I had been MORE inclined to eat what was put before me – I missed out on some great clams in my soup, and blowfish to boot. One must really do as the Romans, or will miss out.

  15. I am soooo sad. I’ve been talking to my husband forever about doing a post about things that don’t work for me for WFMW, and I missed it. Dang! I may just have to steal last week’s theme for this week because there are so many things that I’ve tried out that just don’t work.

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