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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Omnivore's Hundred/100 Chinese Foods

So I have an exam tomorrow. A very hard Electromagnetics exam. So instead of studying I decided to look at cooking blogs. HAHA! Well I stumbled upon "The Omnivore's Hundred" challenge. And I thought I give it a try. I also decided to give the "100 Chinese Foods" challenge a try since I am Chinese . . . (If you don't know what something is, just google or wikipedia it.)

See how I did after the break! (It's two long list . . .)

Bold face means I've tried it.
Italics means I might have . . .

The Omnivore's Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Not counting the maybes, I've tried 27 of the things listed on "the omnivore's hundred" list. Not bad for a two decade old person. I'm not going to make it a pirority of mine to try the rest but I feel in a couple more decades. I'll probably make it to half the list or so.

On to the 100 Chinese Foods:

Almond milk
Ants Climbing a Tree (poetic, not literal, name)
Asian pear
Baby bok choy
Beef brisket
Beggar’s Chicken
Bingtang hulu
Bitter melon (Not my favorite at all!)
Bubble tea
Buddha’s Delight
Cantonese roast duck
Century egg, or thousand-year egg
Cha siu (Cantonese roast pork)
Char kway teow
Chicken feet
Chinese sausage
Chow mein
Chrysanthemum tea
Claypot rice
Conpoy (dried scallops)
Crab rangoon
Dan Dan noodles
Dragon’s Beard candy
Dried cuttlefish
Drunken chicken
Dry-fried green beans
Egg drop soup
Egg rolls
Egg tart, Cantonese or Macanese
Fresh bamboo shoots (AHHHH, my favorite!)
Fortune cookies
Fried milk
Fried rice
Gai lan (Chinese broccoli)
General Tso’s Chicken
Gobi Manchurian
Goji berries (Chinese wolfberries)
Grass jelly
Hainan chicken rice
Hand-pulled noodles (NO! But my mom has!! Jealous! She use to make her own noodles.)
Har gau (steamed shrimp dumplings in translucent wrappers) (Another favorite of mine!)
Haw flakes (Oddly, I've had this one. I didn't know what it was until I wikipedia-ed it.)
Hibiscus tea
Hong Kong-style Milk Tea
Hot and sour soup
Hot Coca-Cola with Ginger
Hot Pot
Iron Goddess tea (Tieguanyin)
Kosher Chinese food
Kung Pao Chicken
Lamb skewers (yangrou chua’r)
Lion’s Head meatballs
Lomo Saltado
Longan fruit
Macaroni in soup with Spam (not with the spam.)
Mantou, especially if fried and dipped in sweetened condensed milk
Mapo Tofu
Mock meat (eww.)
Mooncake (bonus points for the snow-skin variety)
Nor mai gai (chicken and sticky rice in lotus leaf)
Pan-fried jiaozi
Peking duck
Pineapple bun
Prawn crackers
Pu’er tea
Red bean in dessert form
Red bayberry
Red cooked pork
Roast pigeon
Rose tea
Scallion pancakes
Shaved ice dessert
Sesame chicken
Sichuan pepper in any dish
Sichuan preserved vegetable (zhacai)
Silken tofu
Soy milk, freshly made (Yes, my mom makes this.)
Steamed egg custard
Stinky tofu
Sugar cane juice
Sweet and sour pork, chicken, or shrimp
Tea eggs
Tea-smoked duck
Turnip cake (law bok gau)
Twice-cooked pork
Water chestnut cake (mati gau)
Wonton noodle soup (AHH! Another absolute favorite!)
Wood ear
Xiaolongbao (soup dumplings)
Yuanyang (half coffee, half tea, Hong Kong style)
Yunnan goat cheese

For the "100 Chinese Foods," I've tried 56 items, not including the maybes. That's more than 50%. I would have to say that my mom did a good job cooking Chinese food for me. The rest of the items on the list I'm not so sure if I'd get around to trying. There are many items on the list that I've definitely seen but simply avoided. So I'll most likely continue to avoid those items. But yeah, I think I did okay on both lists.

Now it's your turn to take the challenge!!! Let me know if you do! (There's a link on the 100 Chinese Foods" webpage for "100 Japanese Food" if you want to try that . . . Or google other lists, I'm sure they're out there.)

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