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snupy
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Icon 1 posted November 06, 2003 05:26      Profile for snupy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
What is the UK equivalent of cilantro? It looks innocently enough like parsley, but tastes like dish-washing detergent mixed with dirt.

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Icon 1 posted November 06, 2003 06:14      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
We call it coriander. Goes in curries.
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Thanks, lf! [Smile]

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It's also used in Mexican food. Not too fond of a lot of it myself, and I despise curry.
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quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
tastes like dish-washing detergent mixed with dirt.

Couldn't have put it better myself, snups!!! [thumbsup] That is exactly what cilantro/coriander tastes like!!! It's bad enough in salsa and guacamole, but in the past several years it has become trendy to put it in every dish imaginable, so ordering in restaurants can be a nightmare. My friend told me (don't know if it's true) that if it tastes like soap to you, it means that you're actually allergic to it. That at least makes me feel validated when I tell the wait staff to leave it the hell off my food!
Wow, I haven't posted in awhile, but as you can see, I have very passionate feelings about cilantro. [crazy]

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I don't get this... now I feel like a freak... coriander's yummy... not sure you can really make a curry without it - and, therefore, life wouldn't really be worth living if it didn't exist, would it? [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted November 06, 2003 09:34      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
When I first had it I didn't like it- I mistook the garnish for parsley and wolfed it down. After a few more subtle encouters I grew to tolerate it, and eventually enjoy it. I think it is a bit of an acquired taste.
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You're not supposed to eat it whole, are you? I thought it was supposed to be chopped into little bits and allowed to dissolve into the lovely curryness of the sauce.

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Icon 3 posted November 06, 2003 10:24      Profile for -ct-   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
yeah - and who the hell actualy EATS parsely?
i thought it was just there for decoration...

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quote:
Originally posted by -ct-:
yeah - and who the hell actualy EATS parsely?
i thought it was just there for decoration...

You are supposed to eat it after your meal to freshen your breath.
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Yeuch! Coriander is awful! I don't know how people can eat it!

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quote:
Originally posted by Jessycat:
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
tastes like dish-washing detergent mixed with dirt.

Couldn't have put it better myself, snups!!! [thumbsup] That is exactly what cilantro/coriander tastes like!!! It's bad enough in salsa and guacamole, but in the past several years it has become trendy to put it in every dish imaginable, so ordering in restaurants can be a nightmare. My friend told me (don't know if it's true) that if it tastes like soap to you, it means that you're actually allergic to it. That at least makes me feel validated when I tell the wait staff to leave it the hell off my food!
Wow, I haven't posted in awhile, but as you can see, I have very passionate feelings about cilantro. [crazy]

Jess, I always knew we were kindred spirits! [Happytears] Everyone else thinks I'm crazy when I say it tastes like soap!

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quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
When I first had it I didn't like it- I mistook the garnish for parsley and wolfed it down. .

Wow...you must REALLY like parsley!!!!!!!! [Razz]

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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
I don't get this... now I feel like a freak... coriander's yummy... not sure you can really make a curry without it - and, therefore, life wouldn't really be worth living if it didn't exist, would it? [Smile]

I can't believe I'm saying this, but... I agree with Spungo. My mom uses cilantro when she makes salsa. One time she forgot to add it and it was so bland...

Oh well, to each their own, I s'pose.

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quote:
Originally posted by -ct-:
yeah - and who the hell actualy EATS parsely?
i thought it was just there for decoration...

Actually, the Fonz (from "Happy Days") ate parsley. He used to go in to Arnolds and order a bowl of parsley on top of his regular lunch (a hamburger or somesuch).

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Fresh Cilantro is crucuial for some Mexican and Asian dishes. But you do chop it up into little bits. I believe in curry you use the ground up seed (at least I do) That's an entirely different taste than fresh. Either way, I have to agree with Spungo that live would hardly be worth living without curry, and thus Cilantro as well.
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Just forget all of this corianer garbage and use Tony Sachiari's!!! Or is that just a southern thing? [Razz]

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Mmmmmm Curry!!

I love Curry. All forms of "spicy" food (except "Fresh-Mex, which is just lame), and especially cilantro. Man, that stuff makes my day. That, some habeneros, and a little tomato and I'm happy. [Smile]

Actually, a favorite for me is to sample multiple types of "hot" at the same time (or in the same week or two) to compare them. Thai "hot" vs. Mexican "hot" vs. Cajun "hot" vs. Japanese "hot" etc. Yummy.

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quote:
Originally posted by WinterSolstice:
Thai "hot"

Mmmmm Hot basil fried rice :-D

Cilantro sucks. It does taste like soap. I wouldn't know about the dirt bit though.

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mmm...curry...

Beer cuts the 'hotness' very effectively. Milk and bread do an equally good job, but beer's better.

mmm...beer...and none of that light crappy stuff...Guinness! now that's a beer, or stout, as it were...mmm...stout...drrreeeeeewwwwwwlllll

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quote:
Originally posted by daveyt:
mmm...curry...

Beer cuts the 'hotness' very effectively. Milk and bread do an equally good job, but beer's better.

mmm...beer...and none of that light crappy stuff...Guinness! now that's a beer, or stout, as it were...mmm...stout...drrreeeeeewwwwwwlllll

If it's a mega-hot curry (or similar) and you need to cool your mouth in a hurry - beer isn't any good, neither is water - you need milk - trust me. The fat in the milk dissolves the...err... stuff in the chilies - they're not water-soluble.

That's why it's always a good idea to have some raita nearby - a bit like using moderators in a reactor.

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Spoken like an expert Spungo. It's the capiscan that makes the hot and, exactly, it's not water soluable. Like raita, sour cream on really hot mexican food helps ease the pain.
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OT: I once heard this argument over whether Taco Bell was "real" Mexican food-

First guy: They use sour cream! Have you ever seen a Mexican eat sour cream?

Second guy: I've never seen a Mexican.

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Not all forms of hot are pepper hot. Wasabi can really make you feel it. To my knowledge, neither milk nor bread have any noticeable effect. I've tried [Smile]

Just gotta ride it out, and try not to bleed from your ears. [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by -ct-:
yeah - and who the hell actualy EATS parsely?
i thought it was just there for decoration...

/me raises a hand.
Seriously. There aren't very many vegetables I won't eat. Save rhubarb and anything pickled. And artichoke hearts. That sh*t scares me. Veggies aren't supposed to be pasty white.

Oh yeah, and I don't like pickled stuff that much either. Anything doused in brine and vinegar gets a [thumbsdown]

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