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When I started working as freelance tech support (mid 90s), an early case was a company (employing about a dozen people) who's PC had died. Their business was pretty much dependent on a small database of customers. It's OK, they had backups - lots of them. I inserted the backup floppy disk from the previous day, and sure enough, there was the backup - of the software. Every day for a year they'd filled a floppy with a copy of the (unchanging) program folder. Zero backups of the data folder. Ooops.
Just yesterday a guy who should know better sent me an email with a large ZIP file attached. It claimed to be the individual installers for the 'suite' install I'm creating for him.
The ZIP file contained four phone camera photos of the four individual application icons on some random Windows desktop, plus a Word document containing a screen capture of the primary application's installer's opening dialog.
I am going to be patient and calm when I explain to him what I actually need. I am allowing myself one and only one chortle, chuckle, or giggle. I will not take a sledgehammer to him as a service to the race.
Cut up <meat> and marinade in soy sauce, salt and corn flour for half an hour.
Deep fry it til it is crispy.
Fry ginger garlic in wok.
Add chopped onions, bell peppers chillies black pepper.
Put in crispy meat.
Add sugar vinegar soy sauce rice wine in varying quantities and call it:
1) Sweet and sour <meat>
2) General Po's chicken
3) Chilli <meat>
4) Sichuan <meat>
5) Mongolian beef
6) General Tso's spicy chicken
7) Stir fried beef and green peepper
whatever the hell you want, its all the same damn thing anyway.
Eh? They bake fish, they boil, they steam a sh*t-load! Go and find authentic Dim Sum some day, and there is nothing fried in the building!
You have to remember that China is a HUGE country, with a massive range of local cuisines. (To get an idea of the size, we hear about the American Civil War, which killed 600,000 people. But at the same time in China they had a civil war too - the Taiping Revolution - which killed not less than 20,000,000 and not more than 100,000,000; most likely around 70,000,000 and we don't hear about that at all! Remember that WWI "only" killed 40,000,000 and they have tanks and mustard gas ... and it kind of puts the place into proportion.)
What we get are the "export" recipes, not the "local" ones - any more than an "Indian" takeaway is in any way representative of food across the subcontinent.
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