Every Aussie kid that grew up in a country town will tell you that the local Chinese restaurant was as exotic as eating out ever got. Mongolian Beef, so fancy. Chicken Chow Mein, oh la la. And behold the piece de resistance….the fried ice-cream ball….
Mind you everything pretty much tasted the same. Greasy, salty, and with a generous helping of MSG. Even as a kid I was pretty repulsed by all the suspect gelatinous sauces (seriously what on earth is that red crap they try to pass off as Sweet and Sour?) As you can imagine, I was a little traumatised by the whole thing and didn’t really think too kindly about Chinese cuisine until I actually escaped my little town and tried real Chinese food. I now feel that creating my own Paleo versions is part of my therapy. Oh, and if you’re ever passing through my town and you dine at the Fong Fong, don’t order a no.56.