3.287 Mushu Tomato

Cycle 3 – Item 287

18 (Thu) October 2012

Mushu Tomato

1.5

by Nanny 8

at home

-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-

with W and DJ

Our nanny prepared this plate of tomatoes and scambled eggs stir-fried in soy sauce and called it “mushu tomato.”  She claimed that anything with scrambled eggs is referred to as “mushu” in China.  Knowing that ethnic Koreans from China tend to have somewhat odd views about Chinese food, I was skeptical.  Then again, my only understanding of mushu is entirely American Chinese, so maybe she’s right.  Anyway, I didn’t like it.

I’ve never liked this dish.  During college, a Chinese classmate used to order tomatoes and eggs with steamed rice whenever we went out for a late night snack at Sun Hong Kong, a 24-hour Cantonese joint near campus.  I tried it every so often, wondering if maybe I would acquire the taste, but never did.

(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)

(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)

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