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2022-01-22 4:29:19 PM  
They as big as the ones on the Super Heavy launch tower?
 
2022-01-22 5:00:57 PM  
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If you see a line at a street food vendor's place in Taipei, get in it.  This place was at a night market I visited while I was there for a week-long work thing.  Various duck pieces-parts, all dumped into a wok deep fryer like in the video.  I stuck with some of the stuff on skewers, since I wasn't really sure what the rest of the items were.. Mostly organs I assume, and you can see some head/necks too.

It was delicious, tho.

One of the items I didn't get a chance to try are the oyster and scallion omelettes, served with an oyster sauce gravy.. The stall that the guy I was there visiting had a 50 person line out front, and he said that was quite typical from morning till midnight.  Sadly we had a customer meeting that cut into our schedule that day.
 
2022-01-22 7:28:50 PM  
Subs I am sorry that the sight of cooking-chopsticks blew your $tiny_mind.

/oh wait no I'm not
 
2022-01-22 8:34:40 PM  

tintar: Subs I am sorry that the sight of cooking-chopsticks blew your $tiny_mind.

/oh wait no I'm not


Meh, I prefer tongs... easier for me to manipulate. But then they are just chopsticks that have fancy ends that are tied together and spring loaded.
I think the thing we are looking at here is the budget of a street vendor.
I've run places before, and you don't spend money without cause/reason. If small branches work fine, small branches it is!
 
2022-01-22 8:45:54 PM  

tintar: Subs I am sorry that the sight of cooking-chopsticks blew your $tiny_mind.

/oh wait no I'm not


Is someone going to mention that metal dish with handles isn't a soup bowl?
 
2022-01-22 9:51:38 PM  
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2022-01-22 9:54:08 PM  

tintar: Subs I am sorry that the sight of cooking-chopsticks blew your $tiny_mind.

/oh wait no I'm not


I've watched tons of Asian street food videos on YouTube and have seen larger metal cooking chopsticks, but that was the first time I've seen enormous wooden ones like that.  Obviously metal ones wouldn't be ideal to use while frying, due to heat conduction.

And yes I realize that just because I haven't seen them before doesn't mean they're uncommon, but it was just surprised they looked more like table legs.
 
2022-01-22 9:54:50 PM  

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2022-01-22 10:17:55 PM  
Coffin Board (chicken in a toasted bread box) will change your life.

Find somewhere that makes it.
 
2022-01-22 10:33:08 PM  

anuran: tintar: Subs I am sorry that the sight of cooking-chopsticks blew your $tiny_mind.



/oh wait no I'm not

Is someone going to mention that metal dish with handles isn't a soup bowl?


That's no soup bowl!
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2022-01-22 10:54:36 PM  
I would try it. At least once.
 
2022-01-22 10:55:03 PM  

tintar: Subs I am sorry that the sight of cooking-chopsticks blew your $tiny_mind.

/oh wait no I'm not


Subby must have never been to a Mongolian grill.
 
2022-01-23 12:08:53 AM  

kdawg7736: tintar: Subs I am sorry that the sight of cooking-chopsticks blew your $tiny_mind.

/oh wait no I'm not

Subby must have never been to a Mongolian grill.


Or an East Asian family's kitchen
 
2022-01-23 12:11:23 AM  
Obviously they're not worried about cross-contamination.
 
2022-01-23 12:27:14 AM  

abhorrent1: Obviously they're not worried about cross-contamination.


I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of food safety. Been food-poisoned too many times not to. But if you say the words "cross-contamination" to your average Chinese or Indian street food vendor they are going to think you are talking about missionaries.
 
2022-01-23 2:08:27 AM  
Dammit....I had a lot of pizza for dinner, and now I am hungry again.
 
2022-01-23 2:17:19 AM  

NathanAllen: Coffin Board (chicken in a toasted bread box) will change your life.

Find somewhere that makes it.


that looks... *droool*

Coffin Bread aus Taiwan
Youtube jiCpoVriTpA
 
2022-01-23 9:43:37 AM  
That fried pork hot pocket thing looks amazing.
 
2022-01-23 10:30:26 AM  
The food looks plenty tasty, but the grease reminds me of state fair food. I'd be hard pressed to think of it as 'comfort food', subby.
 
2022-01-23 11:05:42 AM  

fasahd: The food looks plenty tasty, but the grease reminds me of state fair food. I'd be hard pressed to think of it as 'comfort food', subby.


pretty sure that is the definition of comfort food
 
2022-01-23 11:54:53 AM  

anuran: abhorrent1: Obviously they're not worried about cross-contamination.

I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of food safety. Been food-poisoned too many times not to. But if you say the words "cross-contamination" to your average Chinese or Indian street food vendor they are going to think you are talking about missionaries.


There are germs that survive several minutes of +350 degree oil?
 
2022-01-23 12:29:24 PM  

anuran: abhorrent1: Obviously they're not worried about cross-contamination.

I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of food safety. Been food-poisoned too many times not to. But if you say the words "cross-contamination" to your average Chinese or Indian street food vendor they are going to think you are talking about missionaries.


Drink!
 
2022-01-23 1:01:37 PM  

yakmans_dad: anuran: abhorrent1: Obviously they're not worried about cross-contamination.

I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of food safety. Been food-poisoned too many times not to. But if you say the words "cross-contamination" to your average Chinese or Indian street food vendor they are going to think you are talking about missionaries.

There are germs that survive several minutes of +350 degree oil?


probably not, but some of their outputted {cyto, endo, hepato, neuro}toxins very likely still can?
 
2022-01-23 1:25:16 PM  
If you really want an experience and are in Taipei head to "Snake Alley" especially in the evening for some of the food.
 
2022-01-23 2:32:53 PM  

yakmans_dad: anuran: abhorrent1: Obviously they're not worried about cross-contamination.

I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of food safety. Been food-poisoned too many times not to. But if you say the words "cross-contamination" to your average Chinese or Indian street food vendor they are going to think you are talking about missionaries.

There are germs that survive several minutes of +350 degree oil?


Probably not but still.
They're sticking their hand in a bowl of raw oysters, then a bowl of raw pork, then rice and onions or whatever those were. Then handling the utensils, the packaging they're putting them in etc. etc. It doesn't take much to spread that stuff.
 
2022-01-23 3:02:06 PM  

yakmans_dad: anuran: abhorrent1: Obviously they're not worried about cross-contamination.

I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of food safety. Been food-poisoned too many times not to. But if you say the words "cross-contamination" to your average Chinese or Indian street food vendor they are going to think you are talking about missionaries.

There are germs that survive several minutes of +350 degree oil?


The counter, the wrapper/container, the utensils, the rat droppings, the insects, the cooking and serving utensils, the sauces and adjuncts that have been congealing since 6am, the produce squashed under the raw chicken.....
 
2022-01-23 3:30:06 PM  
I prefer to use the larger ones for some dishes, they're handy to have around.
 
2022-01-23 3:34:49 PM  

anuran: abhorrent1: Obviously they're not worried about cross-contamination.

I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of food safety. Been food-poisoned too many times not to. But if you say the words "cross-contamination" to your average Chinese or Indian street food vendor they are going to think you are talking about missionaries.


if you get food poisoning THAT often, it's probably time to start washing your own hands......
 
2022-01-23 4:18:18 PM  

luna1580: anuran: abhorrent1: Obviously they're not worried about cross-contamination.

I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of food safety. Been food-poisoned too many times not to. But if you say the words "cross-contamination" to your average Chinese or Indian street food vendor they are going to think you are talking about missionaries.

if you get food poisoning THAT often, it's probably time to start washing your own hands......


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2022-01-23 4:32:19 PM  

luna1580: anuran: abhorrent1: Obviously they're not worried about cross-contamination.

I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of food safety. Been food-poisoned too many times not to. But if you say the words "cross-contamination" to your average Chinese or Indian street food vendor they are going to think you are talking about missionaries.

if you get food poisoning THAT often, it's probably time to start washing your own hands......


Nice try, but no. Not everyone was raised like some I could mention.

Four times. Three of them the health department came down on them hard. Ended up yanking their health certificate in two cases. In one of those they knew who i was talking about before i even finished identifying the place. The fourth one when I came in they said "Oh, the pickled herring. We don't sell that anymore."
 
2022-01-23 4:34:32 PM  

luna1580: anuran: abhorrent1: Obviously they're not worried about cross-contamination.

I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of food safety. Been food-poisoned too many times not to. But if you say the words "cross-contamination" to your average Chinese or Indian street food vendor they are going to think you are talking about missionaries.

if you get food poisoning THAT often, it's probably time to start washing your own hands......


You must be quite the sheltered little snowflake and haven't worked in food service if you think restaurants and supermarkets never cut corners on safety
 
2022-01-23 4:49:29 PM  

anuran: yakmans_dad: anuran: abhorrent1: Obviously they're not worried about cross-contamination.

I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of food safety. Been food-poisoned too many times not to. But if you say the words "cross-contamination" to your average Chinese or Indian street food vendor they are going to think you are talking about missionaries.

There are germs that survive several minutes of +350 degree oil?

The counter, the wrapper/container, the utensils, the rat droppings, the insects, the cooking and serving utensils, the sauces and adjuncts that have been congealing since 6am, the produce squashed under the raw chicken.....


In Walden, Thoreau talked about how much he preferred to drink the water from his pond.

I imagine one develops intestinal resources that resemble ninjas.
 
2022-01-23 5:03:04 PM  

anuran: luna1580: anuran: abhorrent1: Obviously they're not worried about cross-contamination.

I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of food safety. Been food-poisoned too many times not to. But if you say the words "cross-contamination" to your average Chinese or Indian street food vendor they are going to think you are talking about missionaries.

if you get food poisoning THAT often, it's probably time to start washing your own hands......

You must be quite the sheltered little snowflake and haven't worked in food service if you think restaurants and supermarkets never cut corners on safety


I uhh think the special snowflake is someone so sheltered their gut rebels on a seconds notice. I've traveled all over the country and only had 2 weird occurrences.

I dunno maybe you live in more of a shiat hole than even I did when I was hiking across the country and siphoning water from questionable resources. And I've definitely had sushi from places closed down because of pour health management and hygiene.

You kinda strike me as one of those people where it's all gotta be clean, or sanitized. Like roadside diners are anathema to you.

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2022-01-23 5:15:29 PM  

anuran: luna1580: anuran: abhorrent1: Obviously they're not worried about cross-contamination.

I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of food safety. Been food-poisoned too many times not to. But if you say the words "cross-contamination" to your average Chinese or Indian street food vendor they are going to think you are talking about missionaries.

if you get food poisoning THAT often, it's probably time to start washing your own hands......

You must be quite the sheltered little snowflake and haven't worked in food service if you think restaurants and supermarkets never cut corners on safety


oh, LOOK at this sweet, sweet summerchild!

little do you know (because i guess you haven't been paying attention here? for a few years?) i've worked on and off in food service for 20 years.

and when i lived in cusco for 2 months i ate ALL the street food, and home cooked food, and brushed my teeth with tap water. THEN i transitioned to the area in and around iquitos for about 5 months. and when you live in the jungle outside the city electricity ISN'T A THING. which obviously means refrigerators aren't a thing. you cook some fish and plantains or yuca in the morning, then eat it 2 more times.....

and i never got sick.

your microbiome is simply WEAK.

have you never heard of the hygiene hypothesis? who looks sheltered and ignorant NOW?
 
2022-01-23 5:15:34 PM  

sdd2000: If you really want an experience and are in Taipei head to "Snake Alley" especially in the evening for some of the food.


From what I've read online, Snake Alley has been tamed down considerably since I lived there in the '70's. Used to be you could have a vendor grab a live turtle out of a tank, slit it's throat and fill a glass of fresh turtle blood for you to drink. Or you could sample from dozens of equally or even more horrifying folk remedies. But Taiwan authorities were concerned about the optics and toned things down for the tourists, at least so I've heard.
 
2022-01-23 6:37:37 PM  

CordycepsInYourBrain: sdd2000: If you really want an experience and are in Taipei head to "Snake Alley" especially in the evening for some of the food.

From what I've read online, Snake Alley has been tamed down considerably since I lived there in the '70's. Used to be you could have a vendor grab a live turtle out of a tank, slit it's throat and fill a glass of fresh turtle blood for you to drink. Or you could sample from dozens of equally or even more horrifying folk remedies. But Taiwan authorities were concerned about the optics and toned things down for the tourists, at least so I've heard.


I used to be in Taipei a lot in the 2000-2015 time frame. The "barber shops" that were rumored to be in snake alley were pretty much gone from what I understand but the food stalls and night market was still pretty active. From what I understand from one of my clients it has tamed a good bit but it is not completely tame as I did see some live snakes being killed and cooked when I was there in I think about 2014 or so.
 
2022-01-23 8:15:45 PM  
luna1580:

For all the other outright strange, you a right. Street food vendors can't afford to sicken a bunch of customers because they're the same people as everyone they know.

Same goes for roach coaches in the U.S. while I won't trust every food truck, I always trust a shiat box on wheels.
 
2022-01-23 9:57:36 PM  
There's a great novel -- Anil's Ghost -- by Michael Ondaaje. Anil's a forensic pathologist working on deaths related to human rights violations. The novel opens in Central America where her group are working to identify the bodies of the disappeared. The local people gather around the graves of the disinterred hoping to find out the fate of the people they've lost. In gratitude they offer the UN workers food. In kindness, the workers eat what's offered, but if the food is dicey they find a way to hide the fact that they are vomiting it up as soon as possible.

Since my innards are more skittish than a Pekinese dog, I marvel at the people with robust intestines. We used to watch lots of public television travel shows, and the hosts were always eating from street vendors. Life would be a lot simpler if we were born with the guts of the poor and the bank balances of the rich.
 
2022-01-23 10:02:08 PM  

NathanAllen: luna1580:

For all the other outright strange, you a right. Street food vendors can't afford to sicken a bunch of customers because they're the same people as everyone they know.

Same goes for roach coaches in the U.S. while I won't trust every food truck, I always trust a shiat box on wheels.


Bingo.  A food truck has never made me sick.
 
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