Who’s holiday is it anyway?

I’m fairly certain that white people do not come into ghetto chinatown to buy their turkey for the thanksgiving holiday. In fact I dare say that 20% of them are spending five to six hours in the kitchen roasting their supermarket bought poultry so the other 60% are can enjoy their fine cranapple sauce as a condiment meal. The other 20%…eating out or are vegetarians I guess.

But apparently there must be enough chinese people wanting to celebrate the holiday because sam woo’s and other restaurants in the ethnic enclave are advertising and selling roast turkeys. For about $30.00. Thats pretty fucking cool. Some immigrant is saying to themselves, “hmm, shouldn’t we be eating turkey today. Its thanksgiving for goodness sake” But hell, they don’t wanna spend their day cooking some foul fowl. So they must be going down the block to buy their meal. And you know what, that turkey is pretty damn good. A little salty but still good. Even three days later, the meat was still moist. I guess thats adjusting to america.

How do I know this. I live in ghetto chinatown and yea, I had a roast turkey from sam woo’s. It was delicious.

10 Replies to “Who’s holiday is it anyway?”

  1. I remember a time when I was just a wee lad and I thought that all cranberry sauce took the form of the Ocean Spray can that it came in. I was one of those ghetto Chinese children whoís families didnít know any better. My parents were immigrants who were striving to assimilate into American culture, something that was completely foreign to them. Yeh, we always had thanksgiving dinner, with a dry turkey and cranberry sauce from a can, but we had it danmit, every single year.

    This year I made a turkey, it got soaked in brine and it came out moist and delicious, we even made cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries. Although a far cry from the Thanksgiving dinner my mother would serve, she would be most proud of this one. She would be proud that her children have taken a tradition that she started in our family less than thirty years ago, refined it and progressed it. New traditions have to start somewhere.

    So I say props to Sam Woo for making a kickass turkey, and the same to those families who felt compelled to have turkey on this joyous holiday even if it is store bought. Hopefully the children of these families will look back on their Sam Woo turkey the way I see my Ocean Spray Cranberry sauce.

    My point here is that Thanksgiving is not about roasting a bird, but itís about being thankful danmit. And I know every Thanksgiving Iím thankful that my family immigrated here and made a conscious effort to assimilate themselves into society so that me and my children may live a better life and grow up as Americans. I think Iím thankful for that every day of my life regardless of where my turkey or cranberry sauce came from.

  2. I have to ask about the Sam Woo turkey. Is it roasted ‘Asian style’ (marinade, seasoning, whatever)?

    One year, my aunt ordered turkey done by a local (Alhambra area) restaurant which was stuffed with sticky rice instead of stuffing.

    The sticky rice was good… the turkey was not. We never had it again.

  3. Wow, sticky rice turkey… One part asian holiday stuffed in the ass of one part american holiday, now that’s getting along!

    Actually a HK style BBQ turkey would be dope. I once dated a girl who’s family had one of those. I somehow recall it coming to me in the form of a tupperware container which got thrown away a couple months later. Now I wish I had tried it.

  4. There’s a tradition in a number of ethnic neighbrohoods of having a turkey roasted somewhere other than home–Italian neighborhoods used to go to the local bakers. But if you live in LA long enough (say 15+) years, you figure out that the biggest celebrants of all holidays are in the Chinese suburbs and Chinatown.
    If you buy the Empire kosher turkey at TJ’s, you don’t need to brine it. The Sam Woo birds are just normal, but done at fairly high temp, for crispy skin.

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