Monday, October 22, 2007

Um... This Dish Isn't Vegetarian

It was just pointed out to me that I learned more at IMSA than I thought. For see, we went out for lunch yesterday. It took me a while to choose, but finally I decided on a noodle dish, for the picture looked pretty good.

We'd both forgotten that we were at a curry place. Pictures don't convey spiciness. But that's not where I had learned. That's something I am sure I've known for a long time.

When my noodles finally got delivered, I was dismayed to find shrimp perched prominently atop my food. There had been no shrimp in the picture. There had been no shrimp in the (English) description of the dish. There had been no shrimp anywhere related to this dish. So I hadn't been expecting shrimp.

This is what I had learned at IMSA, though. It's fine to add shrimp to a dish that is otherwise vegetarian. Doing so leaves you with a dish which is still vegetarian. For at IMSA, between all of the maths and sciences, and somewhere around learning how to stack trays, we learned that this is fine.

We learned that shrimp isn't an animal, it's a mammal.

Thus, adding shrimp in as an afterthought should be expected. I'm so glad I'm not a vegetarian, so I don't have to eat shrimp.


sshuang said...

You might have just ordered a wrong dish. Shrimps are relatively expensive. They wouldn't give out shrimps just for fun.

HilbertAstronaut said...

Well, _dried_ shrimps may not be expensive. They are about as common as parsley or cilantro, and serve about the same function.

A good way to avoid seafood (and pork, for that matter) is to eat Xinjiang cuisine, which is halal or halal-aspiring, from what I understand. It's also yummy -- cumin-covered lamb kabobs, spicy noodle soup, and the like.