My First Taste of Chinese Food Narrative Essay by Nicky

My First Taste of Chinese Food
A description of this writer's memory of his/her first taste of Chinese food.
# 149462 | 826 words | 0 sources | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 18, 2011 in Asian Studies (Asian American) , Nutrition (Food)


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Description:

The writer describes the Chinese take-out place and the contents of the meal, including the chopsticks, the packets of flavors and sauces and the unpredictable food. The writer reflects on the rules of eating Chinese food and what he/she learned from those early experiences. In conclusion, the writer posits that he/she will never forget the coziness of that day.

From the Paper:

"Then at home--the anticipation grew. From the stapled sack my father drew a seemingly infinite variety of little containers, some as small as a doll's handbag, others almost as large as a bowl. From their compressed, symmetrical contents huge hunks of smell and color burst forward--this one was sweet and sour pork, I was told. Another container was alive with writhing noodles--Lo mein still bent in the shape of the white paper. Another was General Tso's chicken. I felt as if spilling the contents onto paper plates was more like a conjuring trick, rather than making dinner. "Try a little," said my mother, hesitating, wondering if I would like it. It was like an explosion of flavor in my mouth. I always thought I didn't like chicken, especially with vegetables, but this was different. It hardly seemed like the same animal, no pun intended, as what I was usually served. Even more wondrous were the little pockets of fried goodness called egg rolls. These were filled with vegetables like shredded cabbage and the spices made the green things delicious, rather than a pain to eat.
"We often ordered out as a family during times of great joy and great sadness--to celebrate, or when things were too hectic for home cooking. Eating Chinese food, even when I ordered the same thing, was never boring. I adored the special equipment needed to consume it--the chopsticks, the flavor packets of neon yellow mustard and orange sweet and sour sauce--and the fact that the food was unpredictable--differently cut, with different mixtures and textures of vegetables, and often with an extra carton of something special thrown in for free."

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