The Soapbox Archives:
With all the famous people who passed away in 2016, people are on high alert for any news that someone else died. I saw a link the other day on Facebook that William Shatner had died and I almost clicked on the link to find out more information. I realized that the link went to some place I didn't recognize and it was in the advertisement section of the page. Luckily I was also on Shatner's twitter feed and there he was, interacting with his fans.
You've heard it before: be suspicious of everything and don't click on links you don't know.
The other week I picked "pork chow mein". What I got involved a lot of bean sprouts and sauce. What part of "chow mein" did they not understand? "Chow" means "fried", as in stir-fried. "Mein" is the noodle(-ish) stuff. Chow Mein thusly means "fried noodles", just as "chow phun/fun" means fried rice.
I had to walk down to the restaurant to order today because all their phone lines were busy (a good sign for a new restaurant) and took the opportunity to complain about their Chow mein. When I said it had mostly bean sprouts instead of the fried noodles, they laughed and said that it was "American-style". What the hell?!?!? Hello?!? Do I look like I like "American-style" chow mein? What about us Chinese people? Of all people, *we* know what chow mein is and we know what we don't want. Perhaps they should put both "American-Style Chow Mein" and "Chinese-Style Chow Mein" on their menu and see which one gets ordered? I don't think their American-style chow mein would last very long on the menu.