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ordered in last night from a local nyc place that delivers both chinese & japanese [i know, i know].

the barbecued prawns arrived on a bed of iceberg lettuce with a couple of lemon wedges - pretty standard. however, right next to the lemon wedges was a single maraschino cherry!

huh?

it seemed so out of place i had to wonder if someone had tossed it in there by accident.

the artificially-colored "juice" had begun to bleed onto the lettuce & prawns, tainting both the color & flavor [which, needless to say, did NOT make me happy].

what's the strangest/most incongruous garnish you've ever been served?

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  1. Bearing in mind that "strange" is a relative term when it comes to food and that this is not really a garnish, but a pig's knuckle/trotter on a bed of sauerkraut has been known to turn a few heads and stomachs.

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      1. Not so incongruous as maraschino cherries on bbq prawns, but I think my favorite garnish was a tiny deep fried fish skeleton on a piece of sushi.

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        1. re: babette feasts

          see, but i can appreciate the irony in that one - it's actually quite clever. mine was just weird.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Living in Asia, I've come across some rather strange interpretations of what Western food is supposed to be like, I can't really think of specifics - except my employee who seems to think that peanut butter ice cream goes with everything, if he runs out of vanilla he'll put peanut butter IC on spiced red wine poached pears, it's possible that its not horrible, but definitely not MY first choice. It's like they just put together everything that they think Westerners like, but with no understanding of how we really eat. I'm sure most of us would have the same difficulty putting together a traditional meal in a foreign cuisine.

            If it was an orange slice, it probably wouldn't seem so weird, but to some minds, maraschino cherries are fruit too, so hey, what's the difference? Besides, they are so red and pretty, and isn't red a lucky color?