Thursday, May 31, 2007

A Thesis/Dissertation: Why Are There So Many Asian Food Bloggers?!

***These theories are mine, written for fun and do not apply to all Asian ethnicities. Just my fellow Chinese people really, haha. If you're offended, just go to and blow some steam.***

A few of my friends who have been recently sucked into LA's food blog world have brought up a particular question many times to me.

Why are there so many food bloggers of Asian descent in LA?
In the world, even?

Because we love food. No shit. That's obvious, but why? Hmm. Good question – could this be a coincidence? I don't think so. Out of the 33 links on my blogroll, 28 are authored by people of Asian descent. Whoa! I wish Confucius was here. But then again, this miniscule debate wouldn't exactly be on the top of his list. But we care about this small-minded issue because we love food, so I'll have to undergo a Ghost moment with Confucius. Not in a creepy way - I have a girlfriend.

Theory #1: Dinner Time is Family Time
The dynamics of an Asian Family work like this. The all-too-expressive Dad will be in the living room reading the newspaper or watching some Chinese soap opera with some young girl crying and the guy walking off. Repeat five times in an hour. Mom will be peeling some vegetables she got on sale at 99 Ranch Market with her apron that has random Engrish cartoons on them. Something like.... "Happy Happy Cook Love" with bunnies and shit all over. Little Sister is in her room practicing for the One Man Band competition. She's playing the violin, piano, flute, cello and studying for her Calculus 19A quiz – all at the same time. Big brother is filling out his Ivy League college applications, with UC Berkeley as 'backup' and counting down the minutes till he gets to release his stress on online video games. 98-year old Grandma, mother of the father of course, is taking care of the baby sister singing her the Chinese alphabet song like a broken record. Everyone is dispersed in this activity center we call home, but when it's dinner time, everyone is at the table - hungry or not. You see, this is where the congressional hearings take place. Dad's got the gavel ready, maybe even a feather duster, and he's ready to hear the children's daily reports. There's also the occasional wedding banquet at the Chinese restaurant which is mandatory. You don't know everyone there, but you have no choice but to sit there and watch your drunk uncles get smashed off Hennessy and XO. Then there's the one of many relatives that visits from Asia, Canada and Australia. Bottom line, food brought generations of family together. Everything sounds so forced and strict, but you know what, the day I left for college... I missed my parent's home cooking. I didn't miss the lectures... I missed the food that brought us together. It's something I took for granted because now we hardly eat together as a family. It wasn't anything special, but it was good because it was made with TLC. Asian families are very close-knit and it's no wonder you see a herds of Asians. At clubs, it's not a surprise to see a group of 40. At dinner parties, restaurant servers are rushed to put tables together for the birthday dinner for 30. Yes, we stick together because that's how we grew up... being together.

Theory #2 All Asian Food Has A Common Origin
Rice, don't like rice, so I'll pick noodles for instance. The Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Mongolians, Malaysians, Indonesians, Burmese and Filipinos - they all eat noodles. We all eat rice and beans and have evolved different methods of preparing them. When I grew up, I was exposed to Chinese noodles because my dad is the true noodle whore. He passed that whoring gene down to me and my sister. Here are a few cultural favorites:

Hong Kong: wonton noodles, fish ball noodles, beef ball noodles - brought over by the Chiu Chow people. Traditionally, Hong Kong and Macau love to eat beef brisket egg noodle soup and wonton noodles.

Chiu Chow/Chao Zhou/Trieu Chau/Teo Chew: this seafood city is the land of delicious beef ball/pork ball/fish ball noodles. Vietnamese refer to their soup noodles as 'hu tieu'... which is the same as chinese (guo tiao) and thai (kway tiao). They love to eat fat rice noodles and yellow egg noodles. The Chiu Chow people brought this to Vietnam, Cambodian, Taiwan and Thailand. You'll know you're in a Chiu Chow restaurant when you see the menu in four different languages: chinese, vietnamese, cambodian and sometimes thai. Go to Chinatown, there are at least 5 Chiu Chow restaurants, with Mien Nghia being my LA favorite and Trieu Chau Restaurant being my OC favorite (Santa Ana).

Taiwan: beef noodle soup, beef ball noodles, pork ball noodles, vermicelli (fun sih/mi fun) Taiwanese are originally from the Fujian area, which is the province next to Chiu Chow. They fled to Taiwan because of the Qing dynasty, and at that time, was initially occupied by Malaysian, Polynesian aborigines and then later colonized by Portuguese, Dutch and Japanese. The original beef noodle soup came from Muslim Chinese and in China alone, there are probably hundreds of variations just like Japanese ramen. Some words in Chiu Chow dialect and Taiwanese sound VERY similar.

Vietnam: pho beef noodle soup. Pho is a variation of Chinese beef brisket noodle soup with lighter colored, aromatic soup. In southeast Asia, fish sauce is used more commonly than soy sauce. Mongolians brought with them to Vietnam the spices used in the soup, such as anise, coriander and cinnamon. There is a saying in Chinese... "where there is land, there are Chinese." So true. Chinese are all over Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos... they fled for work and war refuge. And with them, they brought their food. In any vietnamese restaurant, besides pho, you'll see something called 'hu tieu' which as mentioned before is the Vietnamese name for 'gwo tiao', which means soup noodles with thick rice noodles or yellow egg noodles. The soup base consists of boiling pork bones, chicken bones, dried fish, fish sauce and shallots. The result is a sweet, yellow broth.

Thailand: ever have Thai Boat Noodle Soup? The name for soup noodles is 'kway tiao'... which is the same as Chinese 'guo tiao', Vietnamese and Cambodian 'hu tieu'. Same thing, soy sauce based soup with herbs and beef parts.

Cambodia: Cambodia is heavily influenced by French, Chinese and Thai cuisine. You'll see fried rice, fried noodles and of course, hu tieu. In Cambodian restaurants, it is very likely that they can speak Chinese, Chiu Chow dialect, Vietnamese and sometimes Thai.

Japan: cha-shu ramen. everybody loves ramen. At Shin Sen Gumi, my fave ramen shop, the noodles used are similar to Chinese noodles which are called 'la-mian' (mandarin) and 'lai-mein' (cantonese). But cha-shu style pork is their main ingredient, not beef. Like Chiu Chow noodle soup, the broth is made by boiling pork bones... but for 10+ hours. This causes the collagen and marrow in the pot to form a rich, white broth.

Korea: neng myeon ('liang mian' in chinese which means cold noodles), jaampong and jja jiang myeon. Jaampong is a spicy, seafood noodle soup which is similar to China's 'chao ma mian'. That shit will send you to the toilet in no time. Jja jiang myeon is a variation of Chinese 'ja jiang mian' which is a pork/black bean paste noodle served with cucumbers. I love both the Chinese and Korean versions.

The Philippines: again, where there's land, there's Chinese... and with that, they bring their food. 'Pancit canton' dish is similar to the Chinese 'chow mein'... only with a different type of noodle. Some variations include Chinese sausage, shrimp, pork, carrots and celery.

: not noodles typically, but a big clusterfuck of delicious foods. The lunch plates you usually see at Shakas, L&L and Ono Hawaiian bbq are massive boxes filled with some kind of Asian meat, rice and macaroni salad. During the sugar plantation era, there was a large influx of Chinese, Japanese and Korean immigrants. After work, they would set up little night markets and sell their culture's food for extra money. That's why you have fried rice, tonkatsu cutlets and korean bbq. Gravy and macaroni salad are not from Asia if you haven't figured out.

What's my point? Noodles pretty much have a common background. And because I love noodles, it's very likely that I'll try another culture's dish. I'm sure those that love pho will probably like Chinese beef noodle soup. And those that love Chinese beef noodle soup usually end up liking Thai Boat noodles. Each culture's variation is different enough to distinguish it as its own type of noodle soup. I'll eat pho one day, and the following week, eat Chiu Chow noodles. Same dish essentially, different taste. In essence, if you combine all the Asian cultures soup noodles, that's A LOT of different things to try.

Theory #3: Asians Eat Everything
Yes, and so do, the French, Mexicans and Spanish. So don't call PETA just yet. There's another saying... "Chinese will eat anything on the ground with legs, except for tables and chairs. Chinese will eat anything in the air except airplanes." haha. And it's the truth. Chinese are thrifty and will not let anything go to waste. In some countries, it is a sin to kill an animal and not use all of it - an unworthy kill. When you are living in a poor country, you do what it takes to see the next day. Even if it means eating an animals feet. And if that's all your given to eat, you're gonna make sure that its edible. For example, Filipino food consists of a lot of offals and entrails. During Spanish colonization in the Phillipines, the Spanish gave Filipinos leftovers and 'non-edible' parts. What'd they do with them? 'Dinuguan' is a popular dish consisting of pork blood cubes, pork stomach, snout, ears in blood stew. Those parts you don't see very often on TGIFriday's menu.

Introducing, the Southeast Asian sampler platter! Jack Daniel's, beer-battered blood cubes! Mesquite-BBQ pig ears! Beef organ Nachos with Salsa Verde!

The best dim sum dishes are chicken feet, beef tripe and pork blood soup with daikon. Yum. Because the unused parts are undesirable, they are cheaper. So when mom goes to 99 Ranch, she's getting the cheaper stuff - the parts. The practice of cooking offals and unused parts also makes Asian cuisine that more interesting than say – meat,potatoes and any of Rachael Ray's 30-minute salads. It also adds more variety as a whole to Asian cuisine. If you like Chinese tripe, you'll like tripe in Vietnamese and Thai noodles. Just remember when you say 'eew', someone out there is saying 'mmm'.

Theory #4: Asian Food Is Cheap
I'm sometimes amazed by how affordable Asian food is. And I wonder how these restaurateurs actually keep a roof over their head. Places like PF Chang's will make my parents faint. A bowl of pho is $4.25... what would wou rather have a piping hot bowl of cholestorol or McDonald's $4.25 fatty cholestorol-laden fried food? #4 Special please. To eat 'family' style means to order a few dishes and share with the table. So you can imagine the bill being divided up will amount to a low cost per person. My friends and I had a large dim sum get together not too long ago... twenty people, a smorgasbord of food.... $10 each. $10 at a non-asian place will barely get you an appetizer and soup. You know those delicious soupy dumplings - 10 pieces for $4.50. For some Chinese people, that is a rip because in Shanghai, you can get 10 of those for like $1. Crazy. Anyway, because the food is affordable and tasty, you can eat out more often and not damage the wallet. I don't know too many people that can afford to eat at Mozza, Doughboy's, Malo and Lucques all in one week. Not to mention how rich that food is. But I can afford to eat at Saap Coffee Shop, Golden Deli and all-you-can-eat korean bbq at Gui Rim 2. That's about $40 there. Thanks to Christine D for bringing up this point.

Theory #5: Asians Love Computers
Oh yes we do. I do. If you don't believe me, go to Fry's Electronics - half the staff is Asian. Wait a minute, there's a place that allows me to be around computers AND make money at the same time? Nice - application please! The computer and internet allows us to voice opinions with anonymity. You can do everything on the computer nowadays - even find @$$!

In essence, I think that the combination of closeknit families, wide variety of Asian cuisine as a whole, relentless devouring of the whole animal, affordable costs and love for computer technology... is the reasoning behind the high amount of foodblogging done by people of Asian ethnicity. Everyone wants to find a niche and with the thousands of food blogs out there, we know that the topic of food is very much a cozy, comfy nest for us to rest in. Eating at a restaurant is the best way to kill two birds with one stone... you want to stay in touch with family and friends but you also want to feed your face. Not many people I know will get together with their families and go and get loaded at a dive bar or bikini waxing salon. It's also the best way to not have to clean up your house and have guests sit on your furniture, which is already wrapped in thick plastic to ensure centuries of usage. True story, I knew of an Asian family that even had their Oldsmobile interior wrapped in plastic. Might as well have added bubble wrap outside of the car.

Ok, so now the real question is... what am I eating for dinner?

Thanks for reading.


jinius said...

omg this is too funny. first of all, what is up with asian dads and the paper? they bring that shit everywhere. the dining table. the bathroom. anyway, i also think that food is a cultural liaison of sorts. we introduce american culture to our parents by begging them to take us to mcdonalds and they instill some culture in us by making us eat chicken liver and tell us it tastes "just like chicken".

i also think it's interesting that many of the asisan food bloggers are female. we like to eat.

themirthmobile said...

henessy and xo, LOL, so true! very interesting post, great theories.

Marvin said...

Funny stuff, and great theories. I also would like to add another theory that perhaps we Asians blog about food to subtly get back at our parents for all the forced studying in math and science - but no attention to writing. Well, at least that's one of my reasons;)

Found you through tastespotting btw.

Tokyoastrogirl said...

I am reading this and thinking about last night when I actually watched the Asian Excellence Awards. In its entirety. And totally laughed and enjoyed my way through the whole 90 minutes.

and yes, I have a food blog!

Man, I am Asian........;)

Christine D. said...

I was just thinking about this yesterday! You touched upon some interesting and funny stuff. A while ago, someone mentioned that affluence had something to do with this, but you can only go so far with that idea.

Lol, a feather duster! I know of that, but not from my own experience. It was always the 2 foot long chopstick.

singleguychef said...

Well damn, after coming to the States at a young age, I never identified myself as Asian.

I food blog, therefore I am Asian.

whowantscandy said...

When I graduated UCI two years ago, the Asian population was at 51%. I've always seen Professor Chen teach his Ethnic Food and Identity class over at UCI, so he might add more theories or give a concrete answer on why there's a lot of Asian descent food bloggers online.

To be honest, race never crossed my mind whenever I read food blogs. I'm only concentrating on the food, not if the author is (insert race).

C.Iskandar said...

My parents had their 1986 Astrovan seats covered in plastic. In fact, since we still have might still be well-preserved in plastic. And yes, I am Asian, I have a blog, but I haven't updated it in a long time. And yes, it's about food.

Mark said...

I also think it's about access to forums, and the availability to carve out our own niches and spaces. There's a site for just about everything and everyone, which makes it easier for a minority to find a soapbox than through more mainstream outlets, which are more exclusive and culturally regulated.

Daily Gluttony said...

right on, my friend, right on.

i think one of the reasons i turned to foodblogging is that while food had such an integral role in my family dynamics as i was growing up, i never got to express any of my numerous thoughts or observations about it to anyone. kids didn't have much of a voice in our household, and it's almost like all the food-related mental notes i've stored in that noggin of mine have been dying to come out. along comes the capability to blog, and viola!

eatdrinknbmerry said...

Jinius, asian dads and the $.25 World News newspaper. Always available outside Sam Woo or some HK style cafe. Funny, b/c the cover is always a shot of some guy getting caught by the police - with the black rectangular censor over the eyes. Totally agree with you, food is a cultural liason. Yeah seriously, I'd get beef parts and they'd tell me 'eat your beef!'

Mirth, Hennessy, XO, Johnny Walker and VSOP - they are the favorites of the ubiquitous Drunk Unkle.

Marvin, haha. oh the math. You know my mom used to MAKE HER OWN math quizzes for me. She even had her own answer key... which was kept in a binder that I could never find. Once I did find it, I copied the answers down – but mom always knew.

TAG! - hi oneichan. What the hell are the Asian Excellence Awards? I bet that was hosted by Russell Wong or the now-40+ year old girl from Karate Kid 2.

Christine D - see I am not the only crazy person that relishes over such miniscule topics haha. High-5. No, I don't think it's based on affluence. Everybody can afford a computer now. A freaking Dell is $400 now. And the cost for asian food is extremely low. Oh you know what, that is a good point. I'm adding a new theory point with your name on it. Oh man, the feather duster is the most formidable household tool. Before you starting calling me a p*ssy, know that when you hold the feather end of the tool, and not the wooden side, you can swing at a whopping 200 mph. Try getting hit on the fingers with that.

Singleguychef, hey thanks for dropping by. your site is super clean. haha, you fall into the theory.

Whowantscandy, oh I remember Dr. Chen. I studied Asian Am at UCI... I still havne't found a use for the degree but I learned a lot. Wish I had taken the Food & Ethnicity class. Race doesn't cross my mind, but since the last 2 years I've blogged, there have been a huge amount of new food blogs on the net.

C. Iskandar, I like that. Is the astrovan still shiny and new... inside? haha. Thanks for stopping by.

Mark, great point... food is a niche for many people. And a food blog is a great way to share your life and interests with anonymity.

DG! hi dude. Another great point, a blog lets suppressed people scream and shout haha. I'll see you soon!

SteamyKitchen said...

Shit. I SO didn't want to fit in a stereotype.
1. parents have like 10 remote controls in the family room ALL covered in saran wrap. cuz you know, buddha-forbid that you spill soy milk on the karaoke machine remote.
2. asian american studies from UCLA. not one single use from the $30,000 education
3. we had a GIANT wooden spoon - 3 ft long
4. Apron: yellow with "Maggi Sauce" logo on it
5. Brother: upstairs watching MTV trying to learn how to dance like Michael Jackson and lip sync to Wham!
6. What about parents & their friends "fighting" over the restaurant check? "AYA! My turn pay!" "No, you pay last time! My turn!" and the objective was to fight hard enough to make it seem like it was real, but not be stuck holding it at the end. that takes talent.

eatdrinknbmerry said...

SteamyK, haha good insight.

1. we only had a tv, vcr and one of those crappy 'universal' remotes. we weren't fortunate (???) enough to have a karaoke machine.
2. not one of my asian am classmates has found a field that begs for that knowledge.
3. wooden spoon for spanking?
4. you have to revive that maggi sauce apron since you're a big chef. i'd buy one of those in a heartbeat because maggi sauce is my favorite. i put it on everything... soup noodles, fried eggs and even american steak (it's awesome).
5. sister was too occupied watching quality programming like Saved By the Bell and Small Wonder.
6. oh the faux generosity of paying for a check. it's more of a tug-of-war show to see who could act more generous when we all know very well that NO ONE wants to eat the bill.

SteamyKitchen said...

Mom STILL has that Maggi apron. After 23 years of wearing that SAME DAMN APRON, she's finally retiring it. Called me last week to sew her a new one (of course, she even faxed me the exact dimensions based on Maggi).

Its about time. I'm coming to LA in 2 weeks and delivering that new apron myself....and taking the damn tattered apron and framing it for my house.

eatdrinknbmerry said...

SteamyK, when you get that framed, please take a photo of that. You need to start a Maggi Sauce shrine. I know Guilty Carnivore (.com) in Portland would die for that as well. He's a big Maggi-enthusiast too.

whowantscandy said...

What a weird coincidence! I graduated with an AsAm degree as well as another. I also wish I knew what to do with both of them, haha. But I did enjoy learning a lot and still keep in contact with some professors in the department. I really wish I did enrolled in Prof Chen's class, though :(

j! said...

Damn... it's 2am and I really want some spicy tripe right now.

susan said...

i'm not sure if i fit into the theory perfectly but i do love food, cooking and blogging! my dad does not read the newspaper; there are no aprons in my house except for mine which i don't wear bc they are too cute to get dirty; no remote control/couch/stuff is plastic wrapped in parent's place (although they do own a karaoke machine); i don't eat everything although i've ventured out a lil bit to eat chicken hearts, gizzards, liver; i hate computers bc i really suck at it and have broken many many computers; there ARE large amounts of crown royal, johnny walker, something xoxo at family gatherings though; my mom makes great korean food so i really missed that when i went to college; i think koreans of all asians eat the least noodles; korean food is more expensive than other asian foods! and i completely agree with marvin on the fact that asian parents push their kids to do well in math and sciences. i always sucked at reading and writing. in fact i hated writing all my life until i started blogging.

Miss Tiffie said...

hahah brilliantly written.. it's funny cuz i was thinking about it a few wks ago... why are so many food bloggers, in general, ASIAN?!?!?!... it's true, we LOVE food and we eat everything! hahahaha...

Food Marathon said...

I'm not Asian. Will I be banished from the food blogosphere? I promise I'll eat more chicken feet, I promise...

Nancy said...

love this post. i grew up in the midwest (indiana of all places!)where i could count all the asians in town on my left hand. i thought i was whitewashed as you could be -- then i moved out here and all of sudden i'm taking extra trips waaaay outta my way for $2 banh mi, eating offal and fish heads, taking more pictures of food than i do of my friends, starting a's genetic, i tell you.

to be totally fair though, i've tried to be "different" and cover nightlife and sports in my blog too. but it's all just a cover-up for how much i like eating.

eatdrinknbmerry said...

Whowantscandy, funny that makes 3 people here with useless Asian Am study degrees. I wonder if I can sell it on eBay.

J!, the weekend is almost near. head to the nearest Sam Woo!

Susan, I forgot to mention that this is based on my experience as a Chinese. I know there are major differences between Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Vietnamese etc. Korean food is DEFINITELY more expensive because of all the types of beef. But at the same time, you save a lot of money with the banchans which are super tasty, healthy and hold for a long time. Koreans do eat the least amount of noodles. The dishes I mentioned belong more to the Shantung, China - Korean border.

Miss Tiffie, in LA especially. There are tons of asian enclaves... Chinatow, J-town, K-town, Thaitown, Westminster, Cerritos, etc.

Foodmarathon, chicken feet is good for breakfast.

Nancy, thanks for stopping by. I think next time I'm going to dissect the delicious banh mi and describe the process of making headcheese in the next posting. Seriously, in my iPhoto, there are more pictures of food than people. Group photos are boring, food is always interesting haha.

tracinamarie said...

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-- love this post, hilarious, I totally agree food is a cultural thing-- it's funny, even Italian food has similarities to Asian food (noodles, rice, stewed meats, fresh fish served raw) hey... maybe that is why I feel such an affinity to asian food!

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r a m e n i a c said...

haha i suspect that this will be your most controversial post & comment thread ever.

i pretty much agree with what you're saying but i think you could go even further into the socio-economics of it all. culturally, asians are brought up to obsess about food because we're all from poor or developing nations, where for the past hundred years or two, people have generally starved their whole lives.

china, for example, is still a third world country; the first question out of my mom or grandpa's mouth is always "did you eat yet?"

since WWII, japan has become an industrialized, first world nation, and their citizens have carried that obsession with them into prosperity - just look at all their cooking shows and their emphasis on categorizing and sampling obscure foods from remote corners of the world.

that said, i also think that food blogging is a safe and crowd-pleasing way for asian immigrant children of this yuppified generation to display some manner of creativity while still holding down boring cubicle jobs that our parents would approve of. we want to rebel but we're too wussy to really rock and roll, so we just talk about food and revel in our "safe and sane" version of hedonism.

personally, i wouldn't say that home cooking ever inspired me to become a food blogger. i loathed cantonese food growing up and always preferred mcdonald's!

Pat said...

Thanks for this! I always wondered the same thing myself, but being non-Asian, I knew if I ever brought it up, I would get flamed like I did when I said I didn't care for the cartilage in chicken knees. Maybe I'll do a post on great Jewish food critics...Jonathan Gold, etc...

Professor Salt said...

Just curious, how many of us learned English as a second language?

*raises hand*

Mike said...

Haha I've noticed the same thing, and finally you've opened my eyes as to the reason why. Thank you.

annie said...

Well if you want to diversify a little you can always add me as a link, I'm white (sorta). Swedish and mexican descent. Good post!!!

Passionate Eater said...

Sensei, your thesis/dissertation is well-reasoned. I agree wholeheartedly with the "Asian Love Computers" part and the "Happy Happy Cook Love" part! I think you need to incorporate Korean soap operas and sun visors into your theory though.

JF said...

One of the funniest posts I've read on the interweb in a long time.

I should've wrote my senior thesis on this subject instead of writing on the asian american hip hop movement.

Hip hop's got nothing on food, or foodies, or food bloggers.

Bootsi said...

We are food bloggers because our parents used to bring home that big-ass free calender from the the supermarket that had pictures of entrees and fruits on it and now we are trying to reproduce those images on our blogs! Damn those lychee and starfruit pictures!

eatdrinknbmerry said...

Tracinamarie! of course we remember you. we had an awesome time with you and mark at the sushi restaurant. so random! we were there last week, and honestly, it wasn't the same. food was ok and for some reason, a lot more expensive. but we'll be going back. hope to see you two again there. thank you for the rent listing!

rameniac, honestly i think all of this foodblogging is an ode to how much they miss their parents food haha.

pat, i know where you're coming from. a lot of ppl wonder about this and i wanted to take a stab at explaining it. yes, i would like to know also why there is a great number of jewish food bloggers.

mr. salt! - i'm curious too.

mike - i'm sure there are more reasons why, this is just what i think.

annie, very true... yes 28 out of 34 links are authored by people of asian ethnicity. that's still a lot.

p.eater, hello my friend. haha, i agree with the visors - those are critical. they work well as deepfryingoil masks too.

JF, thank you for stopping by. music definitely brings cultures together, but not as much as food.

bootsi, very funny. i know exactly what you're talking about. if it wasn't the giant hi-res photos of lychees or newyears candy, it's a calendar of giant asian girls superimposed on cheesy backgrounds of trees, pagodas, pandas and bridges.

Eleana said...

I just stumbled upon your website and its making for very good reading while at work. I was laughing silently at my comp screen reading the outline of the family: dad watching TV, mom with engrish apron, etc ... those are good memories that I'm sure all asian kids will look fondly upon and will miss when they are not able to do it anymore

Chubbypanda said...

Professor Chen is coming to my wedding. (^_^)

Interesting question. I've been thinking about this for the longest time. You offer truly compelling arguments. =b

KirkK said...

Too funny...hey, remember Captain Jack back in December asked the same thing? And everybody shouted out the reasons at the same time! Though they were different reasons, they were all pretty good!

Bon Vivant said...

I'm Italian but I've noticed that most of my current blog entries are about Korean food (and my future ones are too!)

Pirikara said...

Great post, D. Yeah, I definitely think us Asians have a similar rotation of noodles. Japanese have champon which, I think, originated in Korea. Makes me feel like we're one big family. Ooo~ how incestuous!

elmomonster said...

I don't know if anyone's mentioned this, but there's one more reason. Asians are nerds. Well, at least I am.

SiBuduhMan said...

Here's another perspective on the Asian food obsession. Pretty interesting.

nhbilly said...

ROFLOL - so true.

The Guilty Carnivore said...

I think all your theories have merit.

I'll throw another into the mix: Asians are the world's ultimate fetish-ists. Food blogging is a manifestation of such.

Those who aren't blogging about what/where they ate would be alternately modding out their cars with after-market 3-foot spoilers, burying themselves with Hello Kitty merch and manga, getting advanced electrical engineering doctoral degrees from UC Irvine, or (in the case of the males) trawling excessively for porn in an attempt to self-correct the emasculation brought on by decades of browbeating by the female matriarchs in their extended family.

eatdrinknbmerry said...

Eleana, thanks for stopping by.

CP, awesome. Prof. Chen is definitely a well-respected professor. Congrats on your engagement.

KirkK, I think I remember him. How've you been?

BV, funny, I thought you were part of the blogroll majority as well haha. You definitely know you're Asian food though... especially in Ktown.

Pirikara, superincestuous!

Elmo, haha. Nerds? The politically correct way of saying that is... very,very,very-superenthusiastic people.

SiBuduhMan, thanks for the link, will check it out. Thanks for stopping by.

What's up Nhbilly!

GC... *applause*. I like that a lot b/c it is true! There are definite blogs for all that you've listed.

Angie said...

I have yet to be able to make myself try some of the dishes that use the animla parts I'm not used to eating. My mom was pretty frugal and used a lot of animla parts when we were growing up. Somehow both my sister and I turned adults who will only eat lean cuts of high quality meat. I have no idea how it even happened.

avisualperson said...

ya, having a food blog is the new jansport and j. crew anorak (for all you golden era nyc cats)

s'kat said...

When I was a little kid, I always wanted to be Asian when I grew up.

I'm a food blogger, so that means I'm halfway there, right?

Great post, and I especially love this line: "Just remember when you say 'eew', someone out there is saying 'mmm'."

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joanh said...

haha. you also forgot that we love our cameras and taking pictures of everything. so it gives us an excuse to carry our camera at all times.

Raven said...

What about white people blogging about Asian food (in my case Korean)? Maybe, like s'kat, I'm halfway there?

Sorry I'm finding this kinda late, but interesting post, so I wanted to comment.

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Anonymous said...

I thought it was because ABC girls can't cook? Or should say AB"pick your ethnicity" girls.

mattatouille said...

haha, I just stumbled on this entry. very very true. Most of my blogger friends are Asian (though not all of them!)

Me So Hungry said...

sweet post. I thought I had to start a food blog because I was Asian.

Anonymous said...

I can get wakfu kamas cheaply,
Yesterday i bought wakfu goldfor my brother.
i hope him like it. i will give wakfu money to him as
birthday present. i like the wakfu kama very much.
I usually buy wakfu kamas and keep it in my store.

Anonymous said...

Nice blog~

Fat Bastard said...

check out my gluttony blog!

jackt said...

random lunchtime surfing and i come across this. WOW. what a great post!

got-rice said...

It seems that the this generation is eating out so much, so I wonder if Asian obesity rates will go up.

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