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Where did all the Chinese mustard go?

princeofpork Aug 19, 2011 08:09 AM

I have been ordering Chinese delivery in NYC for the past 15 years. Over the past 3 more and more places are leaving out the mustard. You get duck sauce and soy sauce but no mustard. What gives. I do ask for "fresh mustard" now which is great but if I forget I am screwed.

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    howster Aug 24, 2011 12:47 PM

    I am in queens and everytime I always order the house mustard. latly I noticed thwe mustard did not taste the same as regular chinese home made mustard (I belive they use colemans english mustard powder) Any way they last few times I ordreded the mustard it tasted like regular guildens mustard put in a small cup????

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      cutthroat49 Aug 22, 2011 06:46 PM

      Thought I was the only one Always ask for mustard in delivery and never get it Yet when I pick they always give me extra of the prepared in the little cup I go back a lot of years with American Chineese and always remember a bowl of noodles and Duck sauce and Mustard on the table Good for dipping and Egg Roll

      1. The Chowhound Team Aug 22, 2011 03:47 PM

        We split a digression about how to make Chinese mustard at home to Home Cooking. You'll find it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8032... .

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          hungrycomposer Aug 22, 2011 01:40 PM

          I remember getting Chinese food in Nuremberg, Germany, and asking for mustard. The owner, who was Chinese, looked at me like I was insane. Kind of like I asked to put chocolate sauce on my egg roll. Is mustard a solely Chinese American tradition, or was this guy just giving me a hard time for fun?

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            jman1 Aug 22, 2011 01:59 PM

            Perhaps an East Coast thing.

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              James Cristinian Aug 22, 2011 04:50 PM

              Not an East Coast thing, I've been eating it in Houston for over 30 years. I always ask for table mustard, and not packaged, which doesn't have the kick that clears out the sinuses.

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              thew Aug 22, 2011 02:00 PM

              the other possibility is that chinese immigration to germany brought different cultures/flavors than chinese immigration to the USA

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                Cheeryvisage Aug 22, 2011 03:05 PM

                I had lived in China for a big part of my life, I've never heard of this "Chinese mustard" thing. I didn't know anyone who used any sort of mustard on their meal. I'm guessing it's a Chinese immigrant invention, like fortune cookies. Or General Tso's Chicken.

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                  hungrycomposer Aug 22, 2011 03:40 PM

                  Colman's mustard powder is often part of the equation, I wonder if it's some colonialist English influence?

              2. thew Aug 22, 2011 07:57 AM

                i still get it all the time. must depend on where you order from

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                  pbjluver Aug 21, 2011 08:45 PM

                  My fav take-out place, Szechuan Kitchen, has stopped automatically dropping in the mustard, soy sauce and duck sauce packets in all the orders. There now is a glass bowl on the counter where you can take what you want. I only use the mustard so I make it a habit to take a few extra packets with each order. The packet mustard is so much better, tangier, than the Chinese mustard you buy in the small jar from the supermarket.

                  1. Motosport Aug 19, 2011 12:34 PM

                    I don't use the hot mustard packets but I save them anyway. Go figure?
                    I probably have 4 years worth in my pantry. Have they appreciated in value? Should I sell or hold on just a little longer?

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