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Why are tomatoes absent from a lot of Asian cuisines?
helo4
post Jul 14 2007, 12:08 AM
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Why do you barely (if ever) see them in Chinese, Japanese, or other Asian cuisines? Tomatoes are friggin' awesome, they're really missing out.

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post Jul 14 2007, 01:09 AM
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QUOTE(helo4 @ Jul 14 2007, 12:08 AM) [snapback]3059029[/snapback]
Why do you barely (if ever) see them in Chinese, Japanese, or other Asian cuisines? Tomatoes are friggin' awesome, they're really missing out.


They should start adding them , cause I love tomatoes.
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post Jul 14 2007, 01:12 AM
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QUOTE(helo4 @ Jul 14 2007, 02:08 AM) [snapback]3059029[/snapback]
Why do you barely (if ever) see them in Chinese, Japanese, or other Asian cuisines? Tomatoes are friggin' awesome, they're really missing out.

tomatoes originate from the americas.

until the discovery of the 'new world' by europeans, european cuisine didn't have tomatoes either.

can you imagine italian food without pasta from china nor tomatoes from the americans? UGH! GROSS.

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post Jul 14 2007, 01:35 AM
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Cambodian cuisine uses tomatoes in a soup and in bok la'hong (papaya salad). I also see it used in loc lac too.
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post Jul 14 2007, 01:43 AM
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QUOTE(ham_let @ Jul 14 2007, 02:12 AM) [snapback]3059117[/snapback]
tomatoes originate from the americas.


I know.

Chili peppers originated in the Americas too, yet they're abundant in Asian food. So why not tomatoes too?

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post Jul 14 2007, 01:47 AM
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guess most are eating them raw and miss the long journey to the dinning table
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post Jul 16 2007, 04:01 PM
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QUOTE(richvenom @ Jul 13 2007, 11:47 PM) [snapback]3059143[/snapback]
guess most are eating them raw and miss the long journey to the dinning table


Are some of you guys not Asian or something??? Because, even though tomatoes aren't used nearly enough in East Asian cuisines, Southeast Asians use them a lot, especially with hot chile peppers!


For example, the invention Tum mak huong by Lao people, we use cherry tomatoes a lot for this dish.

Jail mak lain (spicy roasted tomato sauce), Yum salat, among other things too.
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post Jul 16 2007, 05:21 PM
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Some Vietnamese cuisine has tomatoe.
Like Bun Rieu. Tofu soup with he and tomatoe. Or Tofu stuff with meat in tomatoe sauce. Or tomatoe stuff with grind pork in tomatoe sauce. YUMMY I LOVE TOMATOES. biggthumpup.gif
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post Jul 16 2007, 05:23 PM
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cause chinese people think that tomato's will make their skin turn red....
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post Jul 18 2007, 12:38 PM
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QUOTE(helo4 @ Jul 14 2007, 01:08 AM) [snapback]3059029[/snapback]
Why do you barely (if ever) see them in Chinese, Japanese, or other Asian cuisines? Tomatoes are friggin' awesome, they're really missing out.



LOL.


Asians (Chinese) do eat Tomatoes a lot. Have you heard of "fried egg with tomato" , "tomato with fried beef" dish ?

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post Jul 18 2007, 12:40 PM
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QUOTE(moviez @ Jul 18 2007, 06:38 PM) [snapback]3069791[/snapback]
LOL.
Asians (Chinese) do eat Tomatoes a lot. Have you heard of "fried egg with tomato" , "tomato with fried beef" dish ?


ditto! we love it at our house. and we have tomatoes in soup too..
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post Jul 23 2007, 02:47 AM
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Filipnos use Tomatos in everything. But, our dishes are Spanish influenced icon_redface.gif
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post Jul 24 2007, 07:58 AM
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QUOTE(moviez @ Jul 18 2007, 12:38 PM) [snapback]3069791[/snapback]
LOL.
Asians (Chinese) do eat Tomatoes a lot. Have you heard of "fried egg with tomato" , "tomato with fried beef" dish ?


I agree. We always have fried eggs with tomatoes.
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post Jul 25 2007, 08:33 AM
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maybe because tomatos aren't common or native in Asia?
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post Jul 25 2007, 08:36 AM
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Cambodians use tomatoes, I love tomatoes!
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post Jul 26 2007, 06:41 PM
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^^^we sure do.

i love baked stuffed tomatoes. those are the best.
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post Jul 27 2007, 05:25 PM
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I hate tomatoes. I only like it as a sauce or as ketchup or sun dried tomatoes soaked in olive oil.
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post Jul 29 2007, 08:23 AM
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havent you had tomato with beef chow mein?

Chinese also make stews with tomatoes

I remember my parents fried some salmon, then they put it in a stew with tomatos & sauce, with some bell peppers

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post Jul 29 2007, 10:10 AM
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I tried beef with oyster sauce and tomato before
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post Aug 2 2007, 05:22 AM
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QUOTE(su$hithefish @ Jul 29 2007, 10:10 PM) [snapback]3087119[/snapback]
I tried beef with oyster sauce and tomato before

I've tried that too!
yummy!
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