A Discussion Of Chinese Breakfast FoodPosted: February 19, 2015
Yesterday morning, while I was in the refrigerator trying to spot what I was going to have for breakfast, my eyes fell upon some leftover Chinese food.
I’d guess that some of you don’t like the idea of eating Chinese food for breakfast. But I’d point out to you that pancake suppers are a common fundraiser and a fun change of pace for a lot of families. And who among us hasn’t had cold pizza to start their day?
So I enjoyed half of a large order of wonton soup and a few pan-fried dumplings for breakfast. They were absolutely delicious. If you haven’t had Chinese food in the morning, you are missing out on a treat.
This Is My Brain.
But my soup and dumplings got me wondering about traditional Chinese breakfast food.
Cultures blend, so I am sure that there are some versions of our breakfast cereal there, but what about waffles? Does let go of my Eggo rhyme in Cantonese and is it equally unfunny?
Breakfast in our country has its own distinct foods that we typically don’t eat at other meal times. I must assume* that there is separate breakfast food in China as well. Sure, that assumption is a bit of a leap, but who isn’t guilty of making an unsupportable assumption based on scant information? I say he who has never made a baseless assumption, let him first cast a dumpling at me.
And while you’re lobbing dumplings, allow me to put forth this gem of an unsupported assumption – breakfast food in China is awful. Furthermore, I think you know that I’m telling the truth.
Oh, it is raining delicious, yet judgmental, dumplings now my friends. But yes, I stand by my statement. You know that what I said is true because until I told you that I reheated my wonton soup just yesterday morning, you’d never heard of anyone eating Chinese food for breakfast.
“No one eats Chinese for breakfast, Oma, you lunatic. That’s disgusting.” That’s what you thought. And you were partly correct. What you should have thought was “no one eats Chinese breakfast food, Oma. Thanks for pointing out the obvious.”
This Is My Brain On Wonton Soup.
Obvious because you can probably think of a couple of favorite Chinese carry-out joints that you hit when you don’t feel like cooking dinner. And when your lunch buddy at the office says “let’s go to Peking Garden” you say “Kung Pao, baby, I’m in!” But if I spent the night on your fold-out couch and in the morning said “let’s go to Peking Garden for breakfast” you’d say “they aren’t open, no one eats breakfast there”.
That’s right. No one eats breakfast there. Because the owner knows that his particular cuisine, as varied and versatile as it is for the second and third meals of the day, hasn’t hit on a great first meal. He doesn’t even open until lunch time.
We say that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”.
In China, they say “this sucks, how many hours until lunch?”
The world would be a much better place if people threw dumplings when you were right.
*I know that this whole thing is a bunch of crazy, unsupportable assumptions. The responsible thing to have done would be to research Chinese breakfast food. I don’t want to. Here, you do it.