I love Seinfeld. I think most situations in life can be related back to at least one Seinfeld episode. It’s mildly frustrating when something happens in life and I say, “This is just like the one where Elaine remembers ‘Next Stop Pottersville’ on the radio quiz and Mr. Pitt gets to hold the Woody Woodpecker balloon…” and no one knows what you’re talking about and looks at you blankly. I loved Seinfeld so much that when a new episode was playing on that wonderful Thursday night, I would request the night off from my greasy, humbling job at Godfather’s Pizza in high school….although any reason was good enough to stay away from there.
So here is my little dedication to one of the greatest sitcoms ever…a series of recipes that Seinfeld lovers will recognize. Hopefully you’ll enjoy revisiting our old friends from New York.
The first reference comes from one of my favorite episodes, “The Race.” Although my favorite line is, “I choose not to run!” this dish is related to the other story in that episode. Elaine is reluctant to order dinner from Hop Sing’s after her fight with the delivery man, but her Communist boyfriend, Ned, insists, as his father spent much of his time at the restaurant after being blacklisted. Elaine places her Chinese food order under Ned’s name, but the delivery man uncovers her ruse and blacklists Ned from the restaurant, too.
My good friend, Wei-Ping, who moved to the United States in her 20’s, taught me how to make this standard Chinese take out dish. I can guarantee it’s better than Hop Sing’s.