Originally Posted by The Snob
No I think it's more accurate that you don't know what the reality of Chinese food is. Having actually had food from a peasant farmer's kitchen and in those various restaurants all over China in those various cities and all over the place from street vendors and Chinese fast food establishments (I think I included a nice array of mid-high and low in my photos), I am pretty comfortable I know what the reality of Chinese food is.
Regardless, you are correct. I won't be able to convince you of anything. Just noting that your statements are totally absurd. "Whatever".
No, I just don't think you have a terribly good palate nor any kind of good basis for comparison. Just like I said with Matador (mexico), I've been to many places in China, several of them places you'd never have access to since I went with chefs. Cooking has been my livelihood and probably my primary area of expertise, and many of travel far more extensively in search of good food than someone like you ever would. My opinions are not born of ignorance, but rather of distaste for this type of food. I think that someone who has lived in america and eaten trashy food would think that Chinese food is special, but if you've actually made food your life and understand it on a higher level than the average person, then you may not think so. I certainly have a huge appreciation for Asian flavors, and there isn't a chef worth a shit on this planet who doesn't think a lot about east asia in his or her cooking.
I'm happy for you that you like the food you ate on farms in provincial China. I have, and none of it struck me as particularly good, especially next to the food I found in the meditarranean regions and even the kind of things farmers would eat in Patagonia. In fact, these experiences with Chinese farmers disgusted me. Not as people themselves, but as far as their practices. I've also seen many a restaurant in a few provinces, and have been absolutely horrified by what many of the restaurants there do. So again, this isn't a matter of an unfavorable opinion rendered by a lack of exposure.