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ATTENTION: Cilantro Haters. A must-read

Old Apr 15, 10, 6:06 pm
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Originally Posted by PresRDC View Post
I hate it. Totally ruins anything it is in for me.

I would absolutely love to visit Vietnam, but the cilantro is literally the only thing that's stopping me.

I make my own guacamole and salsa and substitute parsley (which I love) for cilantro.

I don't eat Indian food at all, and cilantro is definately a big reason.
As much as I detest cilantro, it wouldn't stop me from visiting somewhere. Not every dish in Vietnam contains cilantro. Also, Trader Joes makes an excellent cilantro-free quacamole.
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Old Apr 15, 10, 6:15 pm
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Parsley in guacomole? YECK!!!!



I love cilantro, could eat it daily.
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Old Apr 16, 10, 1:05 pm
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Originally Posted by obscure2k View Post
As much as I detest cilantro, it wouldn't stop me from visiting somewhere. Not every dish in Vietnam contains cilantro. Also, Trader Joes makes an excellent cilantro-free quacamole.
We'll see. I'd probably still go. If all else fails, I know they have McDonalds.

As for store bought guac, that's another thread, but I alwasy prefer to make my own. Takes only a few minutes.
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Old Apr 16, 10, 4:53 pm
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I tested this cilantro hatred thing at dinner last night. Out of a group of 8, without being prompted two people said "it tastes like soap."
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Old Apr 16, 10, 10:25 pm
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Originally Posted by milepig View Post
I tested this cilantro hatred thing at dinner last night. Out of a group of 8, without being prompted two people said "it tastes like soap."
Interesting in that they were not prompted and had not read the article. Thanks for your input.
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Old Apr 16, 10, 10:46 pm
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Cilantro....mmmmmm! I had chicken and cilantro (heavy on the cilantro!) Asian dumplings for my lunch today.
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Old Apr 17, 10, 2:26 am
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I'm a huge cilantro lover as well but everyone I know who doesn't like it, hates it...boo to them
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Old Apr 17, 10, 1:45 pm
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I adore a beautiful salsa ( perfect with grilled chicken) made from finely chopped watermelon, red onion, coriander and a squeeze of lime.Summer in a sauce.Yummy
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Old Apr 17, 10, 1:52 pm
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Originally Posted by WelshGirl View Post
I adore a beautiful salsa ( perfect with grilled chicken) made from finely chopped watermelon, red onion, coriander and a squeeze of lime.Summer in a sauce.Yummy
mango and peach work well in such a combo as well, with a bit or a lot of jalapeno as well
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Old Apr 17, 10, 10:31 pm
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Thanks for the link! I also absolutely HATE cilantro. I've even tried to like it but I just can't. I can tell, even in very small amounts, when it's in my food. I can't explain it, but it makes my brain hurt.
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Old Apr 18, 10, 11:39 pm
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I absolutely adore cilantro, though for some reason I think I should hate it. I'm craving some Mexican food now, and it's 12:40 am.
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Old Apr 19, 10, 8:51 am
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It tastes like soap to me, but the article mentioned that you can condition yourself to liking it. Itís tough to find good fresh salsa without cilantro, so I just add a little extra hot sauce.
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Old Apr 20, 10, 8:23 pm
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For such a love-it-or-hate-it herb, I find it oddly unmoving. I don't dislike it, enjoy it in moderation in say, Mexican food or when they sometimes include it in Pho or the occaisonal tomato soup (CX lounge in HKG had a memorably good one!) but don't care for it enough to use it when I cook.

Meanwhile, it seems like a lot of people who like it REALLY like it, and I don't get that either; my wife uses wayyy too much of the stuff when she cooks for herself.
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Old Apr 22, 10, 5:48 pm
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It's the amount of cilantro that I hate - I can take it in small doses. It seems to me that it's used in much more abundance in Tex-Mex food than in real Mexican Food. As for Vietnamese, I've encountered very little in their food, but it's true that they love fresh herbs of all kinds.
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Old Apr 22, 10, 6:19 pm
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Originally Posted by obscure2k View Post
i'm surprised that no one has mentioned the taste comparison to aluminum foil. I find the taste more comparable to foil than soap.
This is my reaction to it - I don't find it to taste soapy, but I do find that it tastes very metallic. I hate it, as does my dad - I always wondered if there was a genetic component to that.
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