April 17, 2006
I was young, it was my first full-time job. I often went out with my friends mid-week and got insanely drunk, as 19-year-olds (in Australia) do... one day I came to work, struggled through the morning and figured the thing to fix me up would be a large, delicious chicken pad thai noodle dish for lunch. Imagine my horror when, halfway through, almost feeling normal again, I took a huge bite of, you guessed it! I had no idea what it was, was something off? I bravely tried to keep eating, only to experience this flavour again and again. How truly awful. On discussing my experience with a colleague, she assured me it was probably lemongrass that was the problem, which led to several more encounters with 'the curly leaf' before I realised to ask for NO CORIANDER in future... on the upside, my future husband and I bonded over the fact that we were the first people either of us had met who don't like coriander. As a couple of other Aussies on this site have confirmed, the wicked herb seems to have appeared in many dishes of all varieties in Australia over the past 10 years....
BEWARE THE CURLY LEAF!