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The Chinese French Fry Theory

26 Aug

August 26, 2017

This theory, like many others, began with my Dad but it was quickly adopted by me and for years I lived by its simple precept: 

Never buy food from a Chinese restaurant that serves French fries

It makes sense. It really does. 

  • If someone goes to a Chinese restaurant and orders French fries, it stands to reason that they are not big fans of Chinese food.
  • If enough people go to a Chinese restaurant and order French fries that the restaurant puts it on the menu, it stands to reason that most of their customers do not know much about Chinese food.
  • If most of a Chinese restaurant’s customers would rather order French fries than fried rice, it stands to reason that the restaurant has no incentive to cook really good Chinese food.

So in other words, French fries on a Chinese menu are an indication that the Chinese food isn’t too good. 

Ditto with chicken wings. 

Chicken wings with French fries is NOT a Chinese dish!

 

 

 

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14 Responses to “The Chinese French Fry Theory”

  1. Matt Cowan August 26, 2017 at 12:08 am #

    Fries would be the only food I’d be willing to try from a Chinese restaurant.

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    • Mac of BIOnighT August 26, 2017 at 12:18 am #

      ha! You’re like my uncle Sem 😀 You should hear his very imaginative horror stories regarding Chinese restaurants, you’d love them ;-P

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      • bmj2k August 26, 2017 at 12:22 am #

        So would I! My only real Chinese restaurant story is one I probably posted years ago, about the basement being a front for illegal gambling and us being there the night it was raided.

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        • Mac of BIOnighT August 26, 2017 at 12:29 am #

          His horror stories are all about food, so you would be disappointed, I’m afraid ;-P The only group of Chinese who were (and got in) trouble in my town disappeared some 30 years ago – they had a store that was just a cover up for some very strange maneuvers that happened during the night, and a restaurant where a few of the waitresses were arrested for pushing drugs… but that was really the one group like that, since then, all the Chinese people here have always been exemplary citizens. That’s why I think Unc’s stories are only fantasy 🙂

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          • bmj2k August 26, 2017 at 12:31 am #

            That word “disappeared”….. so sinister!

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            • Mac of BIOnighT August 26, 2017 at 12:34 am #

              Yep… but that’s basically what happened. One day they were there, the day after they were gone, and nobody in town ever knew what happened to them, they just vanished in thin air :-/

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    • bmj2k August 26, 2017 at 12:19 am #

      My Dad practically raised me and my brother in Chinatown so I’ve seen it all.

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  2. Mac of BIOnighT August 26, 2017 at 12:13 am #

    That makes sense. Fortunately, none of the three we have here does, I’m happy to report 🙂 (and two are pretty good indeed)

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    • bmj2k August 26, 2017 at 12:21 am #

      Dad gave my brother and I a pretty good education in Chinese food. Quick story: a place I’ve been going to changed their chicken wings (like the ones in the picture) with a more Chinese style with ginger and scallions and within weeks had to go back to the old American style due to demand.

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      • Mac of BIOnighT August 26, 2017 at 12:30 am #

        That’s so sad 😦

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        • bmj2k August 26, 2017 at 12:32 am #

          It is but that restaurant is one of the few that bucks the trend of having good Chinese food despite chicken wings and fries.

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  3. Mac of BIOnighT August 26, 2017 at 12:21 am #

    Nothing to do with this, but Chinese Restaurant by Chrisma is one of my favorite albums – this is one of the best tracks on it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oYuWoqOtBI

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    • bmj2k August 26, 2017 at 12:23 am #

      Ironically, before it played I had to sit through an ad, not for a Chinese restaurant, but a steakhouse. 🙂

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      • Mac of BIOnighT August 26, 2017 at 12:32 am #

        And speaking of coincidences, tonight I went to the Chinese restaurant with a friend (that’s not so usual for me) 🙂

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