That’s Right Nate

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Chinese Diet Starving Rest of World

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If you’ve been to the grocery store lately you have noticed the high price of food.  This is partly due to our weak dollar and the rising cost of fuel, but this is a problem being felt all around the world. 

Food prices are rising everywhere with bread riots in Egypt, spaghetti prices doubling in Italy, and miso putting a hit on Japan. 

The real problem is China where the per capita meat consumption has increased by 150% since 1980 and where the government is selling rice out of its own reserves to stabilize prices.

Exasperating this problem is the traditional Chinese diet which leaves people hungry 30-40 minutes after eating a large meal and promotes more consumption of food as Chinese inevitably go to their regrigerator to steal an egg roll or crab rangoon from one of the cartons in the fridge.  Furthermore, the Chinese traditional storage containers do a poor job of keeping more watery sauces contained and food is frequently wasted out the bottom. 

There is no doubt that the Chinese need to change their diet to one more approximating Europe or the United States if we are to get ther cost of food stabilized.  Chinese fortune cookie say “Man who eat American food much more efficient.”


Written by thatsrightnate

April 15, 2008 at 6:23 am

Posted in China, Economics, Poverty

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  1. Most Chinese food found in the US isn’t “real” Chinese food, you know. Chop suey, egg rolls and fortune cookies are just plain crap, something invented by immigrants in California. Rice, mixed with veggies like bok choy or Chinese mustard greens and proteins like tofu or steamed chicken won’t make you hungry after you eat it.

    Oh, and the containers seen in the images you posted? Not really used outside of North America. In fact, they’re not even seen all that frequently outside of the US! Canadian Chinese restaurants tend to use foam, tin foil or at times, plastic containers.

    I think you need to get out a little more, and become more cultured (a cultured person is more sophisticated and therefore well-liked. Ignorance is awful)….unless, of course, you’re just being sarcastic.


    April 15, 2008 at 7:07 am

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  3. Thanks for your information. I didn’t reallize there was a difference. I eat Chinese all the time from a place near me that seems very authentic called Panda Express. Its owned by a Chinese guy and he seems to supervise the workers very closely. If you’re ever in Chicago I suggest giving them a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. By the way I’m sorry about the torch thing. I don’t think those people were very representative of our country.


    April 15, 2008 at 3:00 pm

  4. How many Panda expresses are there nationally, do you think? I don’t think there are any around here. They all seem to either be named How Ming or else something ending in garden. But in New England, it seems like I’ve seen Panda Express or at least Panda something in a number of different towns.


    April 15, 2008 at 8:00 pm

  5. Nate,

    There are no Panda Expresses/Panda Inns in Canada, but I’ve checked out their website and the menus don’t look all that authentic to me.

    An example of a more “authentic” Asian menu can be found at the Asian Legend website.

    Another great place (though pricey) is Lai Wah Heen and its “sister” restaurant, Lai Toh Heen. The latter is a little more fusiony/westernized.

    I’d like to list more, but many restaurants don’t have websites!


    April 16, 2008 at 8:10 am

  6. I’m sorry to hear that you don’t have any Panda Expresses in Canada. Their new Beijing Beef is out of the world and I think you would find the taste very authentic. I’d love to try some of the places you mentioned. I live in Chicago which is a big city in America. We have a lot of Chinese restaurants, but I think Panda Express is the one I eat at most.


    April 16, 2008 at 5:29 pm

  7. Nate,

    I’m not even sure if Beijing Beef is a real dish, Nate.


    April 16, 2008 at 8:47 pm

  8. Oh, and just because a Chinese guy owns the restaurant doesn’t mean that the place is authentic. Same with Italian. The Olive Garden is NOT REAL ITALIAN (though it’s closer than delivery pizza places).

    I’m sorry, but I’m kind of a foodie, and calling Panda Express “authentic” is kind of insulting. It’s “authentic” in the sense that it’s authentic American food, just hamburgers, Chicago Deep Dish pizza and hot dogs at the ballpark.


    April 16, 2008 at 8:58 pm

  9. Sorry CC, but General Tsao is not an American name!


    April 16, 2008 at 9:00 pm

  10. I think I see what your saying Canuck. How do you like Chicao Deep Dish Pizza by the way?


    April 16, 2008 at 9:07 pm

  11. mgbl,

    Just because something doesn’t have an American name, doesn’t mean that it’s not an American dish.


    As for deep dish, I like it, though I try not to eat too much of it…..too filling!


    April 16, 2008 at 9:28 pm

  12. Panda Express is not authentic chinese food. In fact most chinese restaurants in the US serve american-chinese food – stuff I never see in Hong Kong. It is like that here in NY and in Chicago it is even worse (this is according to my fellow chinese on the ground in chicago).
    American food is not more efficient, just more fattening. How many fat asses do you see in China?


    May 9, 2008 at 11:41 am

  13. Mao was no skinny-mini


    May 9, 2008 at 1:19 pm

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