"Secret" Chinese menus on the radio
A discussion of the secret menus in America, today on public radio's "Marketplace".
No. Marketplace is a program that runs at various times in different areas. Just an alert for anyone who wanted to listen or search for it online. It was pretty brief, featuring Jennifer 8 Lee. She theorized that since Chinese restaurants appeared in America over a century ago, when spicy foods were virtually unknown in most of the nation, it was necessary to "numb down" (yes I meant that) the preparations for American palates. But with immigrants from all over the world making their way to America in the 20th century, people's tastes changed, so that when cuisines like Thai began to be fashionable, diners were more open to authentic spice levels and ingredients.