Posted by Big Mike on April 28, 2013

A few words about the Chinese buffet: just because it is an all-u-can-eat doesn’t mean u should. What usually starts out as a delicious sampling of many delicacies will turn into an awful mistake if you are not too careful. I am sure I am not alone. How many of you have stuffed yourself to the point of falling down right in front of the restaurant, not able to pick yourself up and you end up rolling to your car? And then you want to die? If I were in the mugging business, I would mug people leaving the Chinese buffet.  They will not fight and are not able to run away. A wise fortune cookie once warned not to eat so much that one could not escape danger.

The Chinese buffet is a challenge you will not win.  When you leave exhausted, there is more food then when you arrived.  Sure is hard to resist, especially when you are in a place where everyone is a big eater and you are not the fattest person in the joint.  Gluttony loves company.

Yet I have to admit I don’t understand why a Chinese buffet would have American foods on the trough. At a Chinese restaurant do we really need macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs or hot dogs and sauerkraut? Are Chinese chefs just trying to show off?

Question: is it possible to offer so much deliciousness for only 6.95?  The price is so cheap it makes me wonder about the quality.  They must be cutting corners someplace, but where? I don’t know. As Confucius said “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

Confucius also said: “To be truly happy and contented, you must let go of what it means to be happy or content.” Huh??

Chinese cuisine goes back thousands of years and China is a big, diverse country with all kinds of regional variations such as Cantonese, Hunan, Szechuan, Mandarin, Fuijan, Zhejang and more.  In Central New York we seem to have excellent Chinese food in every village and shopping plaza. There are small upscale restaurants, where every dish is made to order.  We have an abundance of take out shops.

And of course there are the buffets. But beware. As Confucius said: “You can lead a man to the buffet, but only a fool would select the macaroni and cheese.”