Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Mu Shu Pork from the US
Mu shu pork is another one of those dishes that are really American despite the foreign reference (kinda like Singapore Noodles). This burrito-like roll is self-assembled at the table, starting with the smearing of some dark sweet sauce onto a thin steamed skin, just as one does with Peking Duck. But that is where the similarity ends. Instead of using a roasted duck from China, the stuffing is a sauteed concoction of pork strips, cabbage, mushrooms, carrots, and whatever other fillers these guys want to offload.
Given that this is really only served in the US, I haven't had this in ages, so I made a request for it here at a random Chinese restaurant in California. And I am a bit embarrased to say that I kind of like it. I suppose that the DIY aspect is a novelty that adds to the experience of eating these greasy little things, even if I can't seem to get Chris Tucker's Rush Hour 2 lines out of my head.
Digested at 9:14 PM
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