Cilantro NO!

Cilantro, NO!

Supporting the fight against cilantro!

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A Story

My story begins the same as many others: with Thai food. I was a poor student at New York University in the Big Apple and my not-poor friend offered to take me out for dinner, for Thai food, which I'd never had.

He ordered us Tom Kah soup and I took my first slurp and all I could taste was soap. I quietly asked, "John, does your soup taste like soap?"

"No," he replied. I innocently figured that my little soup bowl had not been rinsed well, called the waiter and got a new one. Put new soup in and...


Not knowing the cause, I moved onto a chicken yellow curry, which had no soap at all.

A few weeks later I was at a film fundraiser and bit into a wonderful looking Thai peanut wrap sandwich. My gorge rose and I ran over to the garbage can, luckily spitting out the food solved the problem. I gave the rest of the sandwich away.

Finally, my boyfriend was staying over at my super ghetto Avenue B apartment and romantically decided to make me an omelette for breakfast. He ran to the corner store, picked up eggs, red bell pepper, tomato, cheese and what looked like a big ol'bunch of parsley. But soon the soapy smell hit me and I started gagging.

"Ew! What is that? Get that out of here!" I shouted. Freaked out by my seemingly irrational behavior, he tried to throw it away in the apartment's garbage pail but I made him take it down to the nasty building garbage room instead.

When he came back upstairs, he told me it was cilantro.

Then I finally knew the enemy.