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Q: When you cook at home, why do you do so?

When you decide if you eat at home or go out, what is your decision based on ? E.g. Convenience, food safety, taste, quality, price, interest for cooking. 

5 years 46 weeks ago in  Food  - China

 
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1. food safety

2.interest for cooking

3. privacy (dont like people staring at me while i eat)

last but not least, food taste...

 

regarding the cost of cooking at home, most of time becomes even more expansive than eating outside, but here in the west part of hangzhou got no choice...

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We go out only when my wife really pushes me, as I love cooking and I'm pretty good at it too. Add to this the fact that to go for dinner I have to:

1)  get the car, drive at least 20-30 min to get to restaurant street downtown. 
A thing I'm not willing to do given that I'm almost everyday on the road (25+k km/year)

2) fight for parking/pay for it.

3) pay a premium if you only want to get decent food/service.

4)  be most of the times in a place likely to be noisy even if chinese restaurant are no way and we mainly go out for Japanese food. And I utterly hate to eat in a noisy environment.

 

What for? Better like to invest the relative money in premium mongolian tenderloin and a good bottle of wine.

 

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1. Chinese restaurants gave my BF more dodgy tummies than i can count.

2. Wanting healthier food.

3. Wanting decent western style food.

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Even though the stuff I buy in markets might have tons of hormones or pesticides, I get more peace of mind cooking at home. At least I know the salad is washed carefully and the meat hasn't been sitting on the counter for the whole day. I just hate cleaning up and doing the dishes.

My girlfriend always brings back take-away food or insists on going out to eat because she finds the food I cook tasteless. I don't use salt, MSG, sugar or soya sauce and only cook with olive oil and herbs/spices. What she calls tasty food is a combination of the above swimming in (possibly recycled) vegetable oil instead of olive, and it only tastes different when one decides to add chili or not.

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maybe, or maybe another girlfriend...

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Usually i always cook at home, either me or my gf

 

Why?

Cheaper, better, safer.

Outside the food most likely is everywhere the same. chopped meat in 2L oil with green pepper or chili and some of this weird chemical tasting spices

 

well and also i like to eat in a peaceful place and without getting stared at...

 

mostly if i see the kitchens outside in the restaurant i wanna puke anyways

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Enjoy cooking Chinese food at home

 

Buy all the meat, fresh noodles and vegetables and wash the hell out of them before cooking and add lot of chillies!

 

I basically make hot-pots every night oh yeah!

 

I use MSG, as I believe it to be totally safe and a good flavor enhancer. There is no science behind it being bad for you. Some crazy American guy said it gave people migraines and if you actually look at the evidence, there is very little to say its bad for you. Also glutamic acid  is made naturally in our bodies, adding a little more doesn't kill you! Tongue

 

A 1991 report by the European Community's (EC) Scientific Committee for Foods reaffirmed monosodium glutamate's safety and classified its "acceptable daily intake" as "not specified", the most favorable designation for a food ingredient. In addition, the EC Committee said, "Infants, including prematures, have been shown to metabolize glutamate as efficiently as adults and therefore do not display any special susceptibility to elevated oral intakes of glutamate."[Legislation in effect since 06/01/2013, classifies glutamic acid and glutamates as salt substitutes and seasonings and condiments with a maximum level of consumption of 10g/kg expressed as glutamic acid.

 

Im not an MSG chicken powder salesman by the way Tongue

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I hate cooking, but I cook at home when I want 'bacon' and eggs because I can't find that anywhere. Other than that, I eat out. 

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When I want good chicken with potatoes and carrots. Usually because I want something hearty with proper meat.

I always did it roasted in the oven, which can never be replaced. But my girlfriend put her touch to it by adding ginger and a few red chilis and stews it dongbei style.... wow.

But for overall, I cook for the same reasons everyone else said, health and taste.

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Food safety. Pregnant wife...

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I find it more expensive to cook at home as I like to cook western food, but I'm really not all that fond of Chinese food, I've had so many bad stomachs from it.

 

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I cook because I like to. I also know how the food was prepared and if it fell on the floor. The biggest reason for this is not the cooking or the food, I like western meals, but the fact that I can eat without a room full of people yelling.

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  For me cooking is a matter of eroticism, oily genitalia, and wholemeal flower. I find the flower usefully absorbent in the clean-up stage.

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I would rather eat at home most of the time. Mainly because I do not wish to hear people chewing their food with their mouths wide open. Its a bit of a turn off to food for me.

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There is only one Chinese restaurant around In my area and not good,others are far away,Sometimes I wish I could go out to eat at a nice Chinese restaurant.we just do it on the weekends.

In that case,I cook mostly as It's safer, cheaper and I can eat whatever I want.

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Like many of us, avoiding the masses (staring, commenting, shouting, drinking). Knowing what happened to the food you eat . There are many good Chinese dishes though.

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