Date: Fri, 7 Apr 1995 13:05:32 GMT+1200 From: Tim Behrend Subject: Re: s'mores, smoores, semurs It struck me from the beginning of the s'mores thread that something was a bit wrong with a menu offering smores and Chinese chicken salad as if they somehow belonged together. (Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the original question had the items yoked on the same menu...) How many of those up-market, health-conscious, yuppie-serving, californicating restaurants with coriander leaves (selantro in the US?) garnishing every dish prepare the palate for a Chinese/Thai chicken salad course by serving a graham cracker (healthy, true) sodden with melted American imitation chocolate (never mind the Nestle name) and marshmallows (whipped and sweetened recycled window putty)? Over the weekend I was doing some (east) Indian cooking and stumbled across a type of dish called a Smoore. That reminded me of the Javanese sweet stew called Semur. Doesn't the whole world conjured by the menu item Chinese Chicken Salad fit much more easily with savoury coconut milk stews than campfire confections? Alternately, if this is a nouvelle cuisine chinoise place with a dress code requiring cellular phones and silk shirts, it is also possible that the s'mores in question represent a new "Fragrant Harbor" version of the girlscout favorite substituting mandarin pancakes or phoenix nests for the graham crackers, hoisin for the chocolate, tofu for the marshmallow, all garnished with wan sui (I think that's selantro in the States) and carrot roses. Now there's an idea that makes the mouth water. Excuse me while I pop out for a beef mince and cheese(?) pie at the student tuck shop. yours in Auckland, Tim Behrend