Where did all the Chinese mustard go?
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.
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?
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.
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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?