Does Chinese cooking smell bad?

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  1. iamtrout

    iamtrout Diamond Member

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    So my roommate's pissed off at me because she absolutely can't stand the smell of my cooking. She's even gone so far as to declare our kitchen a TEMPORARY kitchen, not to be used for real, everyday cooking... Since I'm Chinese, I suppose my food has odors that she's unaccustomed to.

    There are all the dishes I've made so far:

    1. Rice - regular white rice in a rice cooker, 50/50 long/short grain mix
    2. Boiled meats in pot or pressure cooker. Sometimes meats like oxtail and tongue.
    Water + Rice Wine + Soy Sauce + Ginger + Green Onions + Meat -> boil until tender and eat with rice
    - is this dish weird? My parents cooked this way all the time. It's plain and simple but filling.
    3. Pot Roast.
    Chuck + Water + Potatoes + Carrots + Onion Powder + Paprika + French Onion Soup -> Crock Pot 10 hrs or pressure cooker 1hr.
    - can this smell bad?
    4. Wontons - homemade and frozen
    Boiled
    5. Reheated meats in the microwave from the Asian grocery store like roast pork and roast duck.

    Again, I'm very very modest in what I can cook, and this is literally all there is. Can this small sample smell that bad to get my roommate pissed off? She's going on about she has to *tolerate* it every second of her existence. She even says she *tries* to live over at friends' houses to get away from the smell, and that it's taking a toll on her friendships too...

    WTF?
     
  2. SampSon

    SampSon Diamond Member

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    Sounds like normal cooking to me.
    Tell your roommate she has an undeveloped palate and should really try something other than burgers and fries.
     
  3. Azndude2190

    Azndude2190 Golden Member

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    maybe...when some of my non-asian friends comeover they always think there is something "weird" about the smell of my chinese food
     
  4. Mo0o

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    Chinese food smells great to me and I've never really heard otherwise. The only things that dont smell good are like stinky tofu or this weird vegetable that looks like osme kind of bean skin
     
  5. blustori

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    You are a funny trout.
     
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  7. iamtrout

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    I agree. I never get any of that pungent canned tofu stuff or Durian (the "weird vegetable"). I'll have Bok Choy or Napa every once in a while... boiled also.
     
  8. iamtrout

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    She specified my cooking...
     
  9. BooGiMaN

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    what is she and what kind of food does she cook/eat?
     
  10. PHiuR

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    she's just not used to it...tell her to eat it and she'll grow to love it.
     
  11. EvilYoda

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    I'm quite biased as I know of no other smell in a house...but properly done, I couldn't imagine it smelling bad...
     
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    If it ain't dried fish or fish then you're a-ok in my book. Want to edit to include dried shrimp and other sea food.
     
  13. Xylitol

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    Also is she fat?
     
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    Holy crap your roommates a chick and you don't have pics????

    My mom's chinese cooking smells rediculously good. Maybe you just don't have teh skillzzzzzz.
     
  16. Howard

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    iamtrout's just taking it up the ass.
     
  17. iamtrout

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    Caucasian, blonde, from Minnesota. All she eats is mostly organic frozen foods, all geared towards a European palate, like organic lasagna and somesuch. Come to think of it she never eats Asian food, including carryout Chinese and the like, but this could be because she's hardcore organic.

    But isn't all this moot since she also doesn't like the smell of my pot roast? (I think I make it like everyone does...)

    She's gone through cans and cans of febreeze. Every time I come home I hear her spraying the house with it...
     
  18. iamtrout

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    Lol, she's currently in no mood to be open-minded, especially at the moment since she thinks of herself as being infinitely tolerant of the "odors."
     
  19. iamtrout

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    No.
     
  20. iamtrout

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    fixed.
     
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    Chinese stuff just smells different..
     
  23. FelixDeCat

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    All kinds of cooking will disturb me if Im not hungry!

    Example: I was working at my desk and had been to lunch an hour before. Then someone walked by with some Japanese take out. I could smell the fried rice and soy sauce down the hall! And while I normally like those items, it made me break out the air freshener and turn the fan on full blast - because I wasnt hungry. :(
     
  24. MisterYu

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    You should get another opinion.

    Personally, I think your roommate is overreacting.
     
  25. clickynext

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    Bad is an arbitrary judgement.