13 January 2009

Fusion Cuisine? or Melting Pot?

Across the street from me is a restaurant called the Cajun Cafe and Grille. The menu is:

  • chicken wings
  • sesame chicken
  • blackened chicken
  • bourbon chicken
  • teriyaki chicken
  • teriyaki shrimp

  • choice of white rice, plain fried rice, shrimp fried rice
  • choice of one veggie (cabbage and carrots, fried potatoes, mac-n-cheese, corn, green beans, lo mein)

    They also sell egg rolls.

    The place is run by a group of Hispanics, and the menu bears a striking resemblance to what the Hispanic demographic usually orders from the Chinese takeout. It does not have any resemblance whatsoever to Cajun food.

    As I understand it, new arrivals from Latin America don't do so well with most American food. Too much cheese and such. New arrivals from Asia have the same problem, and so somehow, Americanized Chinese food is what they end up eating.

    And what they end up serving too, apparently, if they run non-Americanized Mexican restaurants. It's good food, and they give a generous amount of it. But I still wish there were a place selling real Cajun food.

    Eric said...

    My dream of the American future, across the street from MWT's home: a polyculture drawing elements from everybody here. It's like the Blade Runner without the flying cars, gigantic TV billboards, flaming smokestacks, androids, exotic cityscape, Harrison Ford voiceover, ceiling fans, misty atmosphere, blue lighting, strippers with synthetic snakes, gene-damaged robot artisans, Vangelis score, kinda crummy dialogue, ubiquitous raincoats, doves, Voigt-Kampf tests, expressionless life size plastic Sean Young doll (oh, wait--that's actually Sean Young... nevermind), random owl, origami, unicorns, young Commander Adama....

    Yep, exactly like Blade Runner.

    MWT said...

    Hrm. o.O

    *backs away slowly*

    vince said...

    When I lived in Biloxi, Mississippi I used to visit New Orleans on a regular basis. Lots of good food was to be had, including authentic Cajun and authentic Mexican.

    Minneapolis has (or had) a great authentic Vietnamese restaurant that I loved (haven't lived there in many years, and I no longer remember where it was located to check when I go visit).

    I'd love to find a good Philippino restaurant. When I was in the Air Force, a co-worker was married to a Philippine woman, and I had the pleasure of dining at their home on a number of occasions eating great food.

    I like small towns and am glad I live in one, but I miss ethnic dining.