I don’t eat meat, which seriously limits my menu options. (Not that I’m complaining—I’d never eat meat, gross!) But just because I don’t eat it doesn’t mean that I’ve lost all curiousity about strange menu items and want someone to try them in front of me so I can see what they might be. The “someone” usually ends up being E. (Ask him sometime about the rabbit.) Anyway, so tonight he was on his way home and I decided to order Chinese. I am very unimaginative when it comes to my own dinners. I pick one thing I like at every restaurant and I get that, always. But for E I like to order some of the more interesting ensembles. The only thing he specified on the phone before I called was chicken. Okay… So I checked the menu and found, to my delight, a chef speciality called “Chicken in Tinfoil.” Why is the chicken in tinfoil? I thought. It must be special, because it was a speciality, and the tinfoil was significant to its specialness. I had to see it! So I ordered it and stowed it away until E came home. When he did I announced, “I got you chicken in tinfoil!” He was like, “Okaaaaay.” So we opened the bag. The meal was—get this—wrapped entirely in tinfoil. I was very excited. I waited patiently while he opened it, peeling the tinfoil back to reveal… chicken. Ordinary stir-fried chicken and vegetables in a brown sauce. “Why is this chicken in tinfoil?” he asked. “I have no idea!” I explained. How wacky of the restaurant to wrap regular stir-fried chicken in tinfoil and call it a special. I’m quite pleased.
[EDIT: No longer pleased. See E’s comment. The chicken in tinfoil made him sick!]
[ONE MORE EDIT: On 1/13 someone searched for “should I order foil wrapped chicken?” and found this blog. I think the answer is no.]