Dos Chinos Gets Great Mention in Bad New York Times Piece About "Diverse" OC Food

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Dos Chinos' Tapatio-sriracha-tamarind cheesecake, with another OC fusion classic

A sincere congrats to the Dos Chinos luxe lonchera for being the center story in a New York Times piece. May the lines get longer, the money bigger, and the tweets as hilarious as ever.

But the premise of reporter Jennifer Medina's take--that you can tell that Orange County is finally diverse by what people eat--is fundamentally flawed, and about a decade late.

"To see how radically demographics have changed in Orange County, Calif., just look at what's for lunch," Medina begins in that preciously overwrought style the Gray Lady has mastered. Examples? Dos Chinos and ... a Mexican and his kid who likes Dos Chinos. Real authoritative there! There's no mention of the pho shops in SanTana like Pho Cali, which cater to a Latino clientele, Adobo & Taco, Dee Nguyen's efforts over at Break of Dawn, and the many other Mexi-whatever fusions that have characterized dining in Orange County since the days of Modjeska. Hell, people: The first fusion dish in Orange County was tamale pie, and that goes back to the 1920s, at least. An Asian-Mexican combo? Same trend.

Medina doesn't even mention that the king of fusion luxe loncheras, Roy Choi of Kogi, is an Orange County native. Dos Chinos does deserve good press--and Orange County deserves much better coverage from the Times. I bet you they still think Nixon is alive. ...

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steph
steph

Who cares if some NY reporter isnt completely accurate about OC's cultural fusions. I think the point is that these fusions are happening and are normal now. Congrats to Hop!!!

Dwayne
Dwayne

Shouldn't it be tamal pie? I read that somewhere recently...

JB
JB

How did you know that the first fusion dish in OC was tamale pie? Are you writing a book on the history of Mexican food in the United States [available in April 2012]?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Steph: They've been normal for a long time--it's called lazy journalism.

Sent from my pinche iPhone

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Good grammatical reasoning, but wrong: tamale pie is wholly an American invention, like referring to a singular tamal as "tamale". It's hilarious, however, to see Mexicans defend that point and defend the horrific tamale pie...

Buggle B
Buggle B

oops. i read your reasoning incorrectly about "tamal" vs "tamale." i guess i am still wrong...nvm. (my brother in-law is still annoying, though).

Buggle B
Buggle B

Thanks for clarifying that! My (very annoying) brother-in-law has corrected me a number of times when I would say "tamale" instead of "tamal." Do you happen to have that reference that tamales are indeed an American invention so I can make up for all the times I was wrongfully accused of being incorrect?(Note: I'd certainly buy your book and show him...if only it were available...)

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