Thai food vs. Chinese food

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  1. WorldofWarcraft

    WorldofWarcraft Holy Paladin Banned

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    Which one do you prefer? I've been eating a lot of thai food lately since this new Thai restaurant opened up close to my house.

    I love chilli mint

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    and chicken pannang

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    Also Issan sausages

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  2. Adrian Rierson

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    Chinese all day brah, ive had a thai green curry before but didn't like it
     
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    Madmick Zugzwang Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Pad Thai is my favorite dish by either of those traditions, but overall, I like Chinese cuisine more. This will be tough to compare, and I'm not sure how meaningful it will be. The reason is that 99% of Chinese restaurants over here are "Chimerican" while most Thai places, even in rural areas like where I live, are more authentic in their representation. Additionally, authentic Chinese cuisine varies more from region to region than Thai cuisine does from some of its neighboring countries (ex. Laos). Additionally, there's a lot of Chinese food that is consumed by Chinese today that I simply wouldn't touch. Gutter oil is disgusting. The question of "culinary tradition" almost becomes academic the moment China's name is whispered.
     
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    Chinese has more variety. Way more.

    However, I love Phat si io so Thai gets my vote.
     
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    Are you sure the Thai restaurants you are eating at are not run and owned by ethnic Chinese? Plus Thai cuisine has a huge Chinese influence. It is Chinese food with a tropical twist. Pad thai is just Lo Mein. That chicken panang is just chicken with string beans in a tropical sauce.
     
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    I've never actually *real* Chinese food to compare it too....just the standard crap from P.F. Chang's and lesser places so I can't compare honestly compare the two. My top 3 thus far:

    1) Thai
    2) Vietnamese
    3) Indian + Korean = too close to call.
     
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    that's often the case, but what i find most appealing about better thai restaurants is that there is a really nice flavor totally distinct from chinese. think of the palate and all the basic flavor profiles: thai has most working at once. Sweet, savory, sour, spicy, bitter. Awesome when done well. but a lot of places tend to hit just one or two notes and give a sort of one dimensional version of thai food.

    this is a great point, but most of us don't get to experience the variety. as someone else pointed out, there's a lot of americanized dishes you find throughout the US and not so much attention to regional styles.
     
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    I eat more Chinese food than Thai food. But I also eat more Malaysian food than Thai food. And I eat more Vietnamese food than Thai food.

    Pad Thai has rice noodles and lo mein has wheat noodles. All the cuisines in East and SE Asia have a big Chinese Influence (rice, soy bean products). Like how the Romans spread bread and cheese throughout Europe. In SE Asia there's also a spice trade influence coming from India to Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. And then there's a raw herb/vegetable band from Thailand to Vietnam. I'm not too familiar with Laos or Cambodia, but they probably exhibit those influences.
     
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    they need to do something with that name. I almost saw that as Handy Nasty, and thought it was a pron link. Put a hyphen in between Han and Dynasty
     
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    Depends on my mood...Chinese, Japanese, and Thai are all very different when it really comes down to it. I love them all. A good spicy Thai Curry with about 3 pounds of rice hits the spot sometimes..as does Sushi at other times, and Chinese junk food like Sesame Chicken once in a while too.
     
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    No competition. Chinese foods >>>> Thai food just due to volume and variety.

    Both very tasty and delicious. But given that both can be equally amazing the variety wins.
     
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    Their doing alright as is.
     
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    Thai food.












    The hipster in me wants to scoff and qualify by specifying "northern Thailand" cuisine.
     
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    PolishHeadlock Putin Belt Platinum Member

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    Have you done Philly yet?

    Han Dynasty is right by Eulogy which is one of the best beer bars in the city.
     
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    oh man, thai food by a million miles. even the smell of chinese food repulses me.
     
  17. Kalmah

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    I've never actually tried Thai food. Not sure which I would prefer, but I don't really care for Chinese that much myself. Mainly because I've never liked onions and I don't eat them, and they're in pretty much everything. A lot of Chinese dishes at least, so I'm usually stuck ordering basic stuff with big chunks I can pick out or I have to ask them to make it with no onion.

    #firstworldproblems
     
  18. Peteyandjia

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    Little bit a dis, little bit a dat.

    Panang curry all day, but you can't exactly fuck with a peking ravioli either.
     
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    Chinese is too fried and oily in most cases; even worse when americanized (like most restaurants). There's a lot of stuff that tastes pretty good, but leaves you feeling heavy unless you didn't eat as much as you wanted


    Thai food is more limited, but I feel it's focus is an advantage because it's all truly amazing. I also feel incredibly energized after eating it

    Thai for me. I feel like I could eat it eryday and still be in good shape
     
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    Seems like the Chinese haters are eating Americanized crap. It would be like judging mma versus tennis and only having watched crack whores fight over ****.
     

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