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Sliced Oranges at Chinese Restaurants

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Every time I have ever been served orange slices at a Chinese restaurant, I've noticed that the oranges are sliced perpendicular to the blossom & stem end. The oranges are sliced down the equator, exposing the fruit in its multiple sections rather than in wedges that can be easily removed from the skin.

Does anyone know why it is that oranges are served this way at Chinese restaurants? I don't consider this a wrong or a right thing, I'm simply curious to know if there is some logic or superstition behind this.

Thanks,

Rich


South Florida

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I think its because they are juice oranges, not the types we usually peel.


Jon Lurie, aka "jhlurie"

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That's definitely a possibility. My gut tells me it has something to do with superstition. I'll post the my research findings.


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I don't think so. The orange slices are decorative, they don't expect you to actually eat them.


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I don't think so. The orange slices are decorative, they don't expect you to actually eat them.

In which case they're very disappointed in me :raz:

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I don't think so. The orange slices are decorative, they don't expect you to actually eat them.

In which case they're very disappointed in me :raz:

Everyone knows the oranges are only for tourists. :wink:

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Actually, I hate Chinese food. I only go in and order the food so I get those slices of orange. Does that make me a bad person ? Am I to be pilloried as a mere tourist ? Do I not bleed ? Have I no rights ?

:sad:

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Does that make me a bad person ? Am I to be pilloried as a mere tourist ? Do I not bleed ? Have I no rights ?

:sad:

You are now irrelevant. :wink:

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Oh no, not that, pleeeeease :sad:Anything but irrelevant.

...hmmm, wait a minut, will that mean I get a thread of my own ? "Is Macrosan irrelevant to modern society ?" .... hmmmm .... OK, irrelevant is fine with me :smile:

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The fruit stems from a old Asian custom. When dining in the chinese style, dishes are served in a family way. The chef shows his hospitality by sending food until you are full. When the oranges are served - you should be so full that you cannot eat another bite of anything. The proper way to thank the chef for his hospitality is to hurl the orange slices into the kitchen and say "Banzai!". This will make the Chef very happy.

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all i know is that they are some of the best tasting oranges ever i had. jason perlow has some succinct thoughts on these oranges.

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all i know is that they are some of the best tasting oranges ever i had.  jason perlow has some succinct thoughts on these oranges.

tommy, I agree, I'm not that keen on oranges, but I'm always nicely surprised when I have them in Chinese restaurants.

They don't look like juicer oranges though, as the skin is usually on the thicker side. Jason, so what's your take? Monosodium glutamate injected for that extra flavor?!

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Oh no, not that, pleeeeease  :sad:  Anything but irrelevant.

What? Who's saying Macrosan is irrelevant?

:angry:

Not with his sideline in chopped liver, he isn't! :wink:

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The fruit stems from a old Asian custom. When dining in the chinese style,  dishes are served in a family way. The chef shows his hospitality by sending food until you are full. When the oranges are served - you should be so full that you cannot eat another bite of anything. The proper way to thank the chef for his hospitality is to hurl the orange slices into the kitchen and say "Banzai!". This will make the Chef very happy.

:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:

Funny, but since when have the Chinese been saying "Banzai"?!


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