If cilantro were a historical malevolent dictator, who would it be? Why?
Ghengis Khan. The man tried to spread himself far and wide, the same way that cilantro wants to insinuate itself into every dish from pasta to tom kha gai.
My cilantro story, first experience, recent anecdote, rant, etc...
I was ten and my mom had taken me to a dim sum restaurant. We had this soup that had an innocuous little vegetable floating around in it that looked almost exactly like my beloved parsley. I tried it with relish and nearly vomited.
"Mama, what is that?" I said, sick to my stomach. "It tastes moldy!"
"That's cilantro," she said.
It hasn't gotten better with time.
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Cilantro-safe restaurants in the East Bay:
***Red Chili's, Hayward, CA (Thai/Vietnamese) Only garnish spring rolls on the side with cilantro (none in the rolls themselves), but everything else (aside from pho) is cilantro-free***
***Favorite Indian Hayward, CA Order no cilantro, and they won't put it in, though you may want to avoid the garlic naan-- sometimes it sneaks in there...***
***Jayakarta (Indonesian) Berkeley, CA No cilantro in anything I've ordered, or even used as a garnish***
***Cafe Tibet Berkeley, CA No cilantro except in the momo***
***Banh Thai Fremont, CA Tell them no cilantro as a garnish-- food contains none, and the garnish consists of large stems you can easily pick off***
***Phnom Penh Oakland, CA The best Cambodian food in the East Bay, and no cilantro in sight! Avoid the "minty noodle"-- one of the strange mint forms on the plate tastes just like cilantro.***
***La Imperial Hayward, CA No cilantro that I'm aware of, unless they've changed the menu recently. Good salsa, excellent burritos!***
***Le Paradis Hayward, CA Vietnamese restaurant/bakery No cilantro anywhere in anything I've ordered***
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