Theoretically I agree, but the chicken feet are an example of how, for me, theory is often more attractive than reality. I think of the Chinese girl I knew who described her experience with meatloaf (choked on the taste and texture) and mashed potatoes (weird and maybe for old people).
Originally Posted by zwieback
I've only twice had to cook for Asian guests with limited experience with American cooking. I really just wanted to prepare something I thought they could eat, and not offer a cultural experience, so I went simple (no doubt in the "bland" category) and made fish -once salmon, once halibut- with a glaze heavy on soy, ginger, garlic, pepper flakes. Served with white rice and that roasted asparagus with balsamic, and once with roasted green beans. Both times I made a pile of mushrooms and onions with lemon juice and soy sauce. I have no idea how well the dishes were received, but it was the best I could do to cook "regular" American foods in a way that wasn't too inventive.
But you're so fortunate that they're great guests and a lot of fun - that makes everything easier
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