Hong Kong Style Wonton Noodle Soup pre-write

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Tammie Tse AMS 311S – Dining Out in America 1 Hong Kong Style Wonton Noodle Soup Chinese food in America has reached a new point of exoticism in the past few decades when people are stepping out to try new ethnic foods. Sadly, most of the food items that most Americans think of as Chinese food are rarely the case. However, even if one is lucky enough to try authentic Chinese food, it is more than likely not Hong Kong style. Given that the Hong Kong food is only distinct by its style of cooking and does not have many signature dishes, this small city off the coast of China has brought America one food item that is now one of the most associated with Chinese food: wonton noodle soup. Hong Kong style wonton noodle soup is more than just dumplings and soup like most Americans think but rather, it encompasses a culture and its unique style of eating. In order to undergo the experience of the dish thoroughly, the diner must first learn of the proper way to maneuver it appropriately. Anyone who has set foot into a Chinese restaurant is faced with a challenge that stands between them and their food: learning how to use chopsticks. Chopsticks, as many Americans are familiar with, are simply two thin sticks (typically wider at the top than at the bottom) that are held in one hand and is operated in a way that enables the user to pick up food by securing the food between them (similar to tongs). Of course, almost all restaurants will provide silverware if requested, but in order to share the experience of eating food in a Chinese restaurant, diners will often use chopsticks. The reason why the Chinese use chopsticks instead silverware dates back to 5000 years ago in China. In the culinary history of the Chinese, they opted to not be wasteful by cutting up food into small pieces so that they took less energy and time to cook. Because the food was in small pieces, there was no need to curtail them any less with knives. At the same time, the Chinese developed the habit of using twigs to
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Tammie Tse AMS 311S – Dining Out in America 2 relocate food; this habit would later transform into what we know today as chopsticks. i The utility of chopsticks is no exception for eating wonton noodle soup. Although handling the long strands of egg noodles with two skinny sticks could take some getting used to, it makes the experience so much tastier. This has been observed that many people would agree that food eaten with chopsticks taste better than food eaten with silverware. ii This fact could not be scientifically proven because it is impossible to distinguish “what tastes better” since it is an object of subjectivity. If I had to guess, I would say that it is because some people might be able to taste the silver of the silverware when they eat their food, where as chopsticks does not go into the food at all. This is another reason why Chinese people do not use forks and knives, because cutting and stabbing the food resembles slaughterhouses, as believed by Confucius, and this aura
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course AMS 311S taught by Professor Russek during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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