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princeofpork3 Dec 18, 2012 07:08 AM

Why do none of the places I order from deliver Mustard anymore. You always have to ask for it intentionally or they dont provide?

  1. Motosport Dec 18, 2012 10:11 AM

    In olden times you got a tea bag and almond cookie too!!

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    1. re: Motosport
      alkonost Dec 18, 2012 07:11 PM

      I remember that. I had a tin full of green tea bags that I collected from various take out meals that i never wound up using.

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      foodwhisperer Dec 18, 2012 09:15 PM

      WOW,,,, I thought I was the only one who complains about that. It's not just in Manhattan it is in all of the boroughs. Mustard is not more expensive than soy sauce. It is incredible that you mention this, I use mustard on my lo main, in my soup ,, on my spring rolls,, on just about everything. I am very unhappy that I always have to ask for it in order to get it. I am happy that I am not the only one who complains about this

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      1. re: foodwhisperer
        MacshashRIP Dec 19, 2012 12:28 AM

        the little plastic packets of "soy sauce" barely qualify as actual soy sauce

        1. re: foodwhisperer
          melpy Dec 19, 2012 02:59 AM

          I think they realized that fewer people ate the mustard so why waste their money.

          1. re: melpy
            coll Dec 19, 2012 05:58 AM

            You've had to specify for years; my husband has made me go back to get it when I forget (we get takeout, no delivery here). But I'm not talking about the plastic squeeze packet that is just like the generic packet of soy sauce, the one he must have is the extra hot mustard in a cup that they make on site. I finally got smart and started keeping hot mustard powder around so I can whip it up when I forget. But if you're talking about the little packet, then I'm surprised.

            1. re: coll
              princeofpork3 Dec 19, 2012 06:19 AM

              I have Colemens mustard powder at home. How do you make it?

              1. re: princeofpork3
                coll Dec 19, 2012 06:32 AM

                That's what I used at first, until I found Chinese hot mustard powder at the Asian store; but Coleman's is fine. Just add a bit of water at a time until it's the consistancy you want. If I'm using it to dip appetizers, sometimes I mix it with (good) soy sauce instead.

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          Skippy1414 Dec 18, 2012 11:21 PM

          Maybe it falls out of the bag when the delivery people run over pedestrians on the sidewalk.

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            lexismore Dec 19, 2012 07:01 AM

            What neighborhood are you in? My UES place still delivers tons of mustard. I threw out several packs last night. If only I had known!

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              foodwhisperer Dec 19, 2012 08:20 PM

              I got take out from Congee Village tonite, no chinese mustard. I asked for it when i ordered but opened the bag before i left and they didn't put any in.
              I haven't lived on UES in many years so perhaps that is the only neighborhood without the mustard shortage.

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                lexismore Dec 20, 2012 07:26 AM

                That's ok. I'd gladly trade my mustard for some Congee Village.

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              BuildingMyBento Dec 19, 2012 07:53 AM

              Ironically, that's the only thing I'd want from a Chinese restaurant in the US.

              1. strangemd Dec 19, 2012 08:43 AM

                Just because of your post, we ordered from our local Chinese (Pearl's, on 97th/Amsterdam). Dinner for 4 came with 4 packages of: 2 soy, 2 mustard, 2 duck sauce, tea bag, fortune cookie. I can't recommend the quality of the food, but ya still get the mustard.

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                1. re: strangemd
                  LNG212 Dec 19, 2012 08:53 AM

                  We ordered from Pearl's the other night too. We got mustard packets, soy packets, duck sauce. We even got a little styrofoam cup containing the "end of meal" pineapple chunks! Along with fortune cookies, of course.

                2. bagelman01 Dec 19, 2012 08:46 AM

                  We were glad when they stopped including the mustard packets, as we always threw them in the trash. We always specify NO MUSTARD, except if MIL is eating with us and we ask for EXTRA MUSTARD as she uses lots of it.

                  I'd rather avoid the waste and ask for the condiments I use. Avoiding waste is not only good for the environment, but keeps costs and prices from rising.

                  1. k
                    knucklesandwich Dec 19, 2012 09:36 AM

                    You have to order egg rolls.

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