Yes, I'm going to grip about British takeaway. Suck it up, it's not your cooking I'm questioning.
I went down to let Caoimhe out this morning and I noticed that some new Chinese Takeaway/Delivery menus had appeared on the mail step.*
I scanned through the menu until I came to the 'Vegetarian Dishes' section.Mixed Vegetables in Satay sauce
Mixed Vegetables in Curry
Mixed Vegetables in Kon Po sauce
Mixed Vegetables in Kin Top sauce
Mixed Vegetables in Black Bean sauce
Mixed Vegetables Stirfried
Mixed Vegetables Foo Young
Mixed Vegetables with Noodles
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am sick of 'Mixed Vegetables'. I realize that it is my choice to eat vegetarian, my choice to be a semi-picky eater**, my choice to order takeaway when I could cook what I want...and cook it better and cheaper.
Be that as it may, I question to appeal of 'Mixed Vegetables'. I don't want whatever random vegetables you happen to sling in a wok and then douse in sauce. I'm not eating the dish for the sauce alone. The ingredients are not a vehicle for the sauce. If that was the case, I'd go buy a bottle of sauce and just drink it straight.
They have sections for different kinds of meat. It isn't as though this menu is divided into sections with Vegetarian heading one column and Carnivore heading the other. There are no dishes with Mixed Meat.
How disgusting would that be? You want Chinese, so you order the first thing on the menu, 'Mixed Meat with Satay sauce'. Out comes a dish with small bits of duck, big not quite warm pieces of lamb, and so only semi-recognizable variously sized pieces of beef. Ready to suck that dish down?
The last time I had Chinese, Tom and I were down at dreema
's. It had been a while since I'd had Chinese, so I looked at the menu, ordered a 'Mixed Vegetables with Satay sauce'*** The vegetables turned out to be green pepper, bamboo shoots, sprouts, carrots, broccoli, pineapple, and a few mushrooms. And the broccoli, which for me can save many things, was thin on the ground. The company was good that night, but I found that after I'd picked out the carrots, the broccoli, the bamboo shoots, the mushrooms, and after some contemplation, the green pepper, I was lost in a sea of sprouts. Probably close to half a pound of them.
If they had listed on the menu 'Satay sauce over sprouts...with some veg stuff thrown in for color', I wouldn't have ordered it****
This is by no means a Chinese only problem. I find that the same thing happens in the Indian, Thai, and Mexican***** restaurants here as well.
I don't want to see the above options on the menu for vegetarians. Show some creativity, people. It won't cost you any more money****** and, heck...maybe you'll get more business with people using the veg stuff as side dishes.
I long for Green Beans in Garlic Sauce, Mangetout, Water Chestnuts, and Carrots in Oyster Sauce, Tofu and Broccoli in Black Bean Sauce. Pitch me a combination of a few things instead of the entire produce section. I'll even let you keep your precious mixed veg if you promise to stop skimping on the broccoli.
Besides, if I wanted a plate of sprouts, it's right there on the back for £2.30. If I didn't order it, I don't want it.
* The mail step is where everything ends up. Mail, junk flyers, menus, mail for people who are gone. I don't know where the erroneous mail ends up, but after a few weeks, I take the junk and pitch it. Unless the downstairs neighbor beats me to it.
** I say semi because I don't hold a candle to Tom's pickiness.
*** I love satay sauce. That's why it keeps popping to mind in the examples. It can make up for a myriad of sins usually, but not in this situation.
**** Nor would I then have left nirikina and dreema with a plate of sprouts to deal with.
***** Not that what's here is really Mexican. NO, DAMMIT, it's not. One day I'll smuggle some Mexicans in, start a restaurant, and you can argue with Chef Julio about it. I'm betting on Julio.
****** Ain't no way prawns cost the same as carrots. Just saying.