Today’s Perfect Moment is Chinese food. No, this blog will not be a celebration of authentic Szechuan or Cantonese Chinese food. No this post does the unthinkable and celebrates Canadian Chinese food. (Sorry Patrick, Susana, Jessica, and Charmaine–Though I doubt any of you read this blog, but I had better hedge my bets–I love authentic Chinese food too, but sometimes….)
What is Canadian Chinese food? It is a vague and somewhat sweeter and greasier approximation of authentic Chinese food with things like chicken balls thrown in for good measure. I grew up on it, and only in my late teens did I come learn that it wasn’t authentic. In fact, I have to thank Ms. Foster, my history teacher, for exposing me to the real McCoy.
I think of it as comfort food. And like all comfort food, no one should judge what form that comes it. If we did, the whole comfort food industry would be in tatters.
Some of my donauschwaben comfort foods (kipfel, Bona soup, palachinka, chicken paprikash) are lost to us now. If only we had taken time to learn the recipes.
What are your comfort foods?