F says I'm a picky eater. Which, I disagree with, of course. I like what I like. This is not to say I won’t try new things, because I will, and I have and sometimes I like it, and sometimes, I do not. Something I fell in love with early on was General Tso's Chicken. The Chinese variety. Because there are different versions depending on the Asian country. Anyway, I love it. But for whatever reason it is not a meal I go for every time we are trying to decide what takeout menu to use. Also, I've been spoiled without even knowing it, until recently. When our office moved several years ago there was nothing out here. We were literally in the middle of a farmer's field. After several years of whining and complaining and becoming regulars at the McD's across the street, they opened a STRIP MALL a few miles down the road. And sweet heaven on a cracker, a CHINESE restaurant was one of the new places to eat at. I didn't think much of it to begin with. Yes it was good, the best I'd had in awhile actually, but like I said, Chinese isn't really my go-to take out food. Then F came along. F and his EAST COAST sensibilities. F informed me that the mid-west was majorly lacking in its Chinese food offerings. So when his work brought him out by MY work, we went to the Chinese place. You would have thought I took him home to his momma for lunch the way he reacted when he saw that it was NEW YORK STYLE CHINESE!!!
F: “You didn't TELL me THAT!!!!"
Me: "Tell you what?"
F: "That was NEW YORK STYLE CHINESE!!!!!"
Me: "Uuumm, So???"
F: "OMG. You don't even know that there is a difference, DO YOU?!?!?!?!"
Me: "Uhhhhh. no?"
F: "*sigh* NEVER. MIND."
From that point on F and I tried SEVERAL Chinese places, and I have to say, the man is right. There IS a difference. NY Style is different. It is just BETTER. I can't explain it. And when I had it the other day, and ate it at my desk and put the little tin it came in, in the trash can next to my desk? Yeah, the smell. THE SMELL was like the cartoon finger of smell, tickling my nose, teasing my taste buds to remember and WANT MORE. I cannot tell you how crazy it drove me the entire REST OF THE DAY.
I HAD TO HAVE MORE.
So I decided that that's the difference.
NY Style Chinese has crack in it.
Plain and simple.
General Tso’s NY Style Crack.
I think the new name will catch on, don’t you?