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Aug 19, 2011 08:09 AM

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.

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  1. 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?

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

          1. 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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              1. re: jman1

                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.

              2. re: hungrycomposer

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

                1. re: hungrycomposer

                  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.

                  1. re: Cheeryvisage

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