Originally Posted by MysteryMunchies
I throw birthday parties for all the nieces and nephews in my extended family. They are aged from 10 to 14 years old. But, I am starting to get somewhat concerned about their food eating habits. I was quite shocked when I found out from my home-helper today, that when she makes fried chicken wings for them, that she has to plan for 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs) portion size of chicken wings for each and every child, and there are never any leftovers! Surely this is not normal! I cannot imagine eating 0.5 kg of chicken wings by myself.
Furthermore, when we go out to our favourite Sichuan Chinese restaurant, they have taken to ordering Gong Bao Chicken everytime, but each time they have to tell the restaurant owner that the dish was not hot enough last time and they want more dried red chillies in the dish this time. This has happened for the last 6 or so times now, that I can remember. The Gong Bao Chicken now comes out with more dried red chillies than chicken. Then, they compete to see who can fit more dried red chillies into their mouths, and then chew the chillies well and swallow everything in one go. The record is apparently 23 dried red chillies in one mouthful so far. Surely this is not normal?!?
Also, when I buy them takeaway, they always want me to bring home a large sushi platter, but they want me to order extra large balls of wasabi on the platter, so they can see who will swallow the largest ball of wasabi whole in one go.
I just don't know whether I should encourage this kind of nonsense when I am with them any longer. Do any of you know children with similar food eating habits? Do you think that these behaviours can be normal? What would be the proper term to describe their strange food behaviours?
Have they been watching a ghastly programme called "Man v Food Nation" (no,the title doesn't make sense to me, either). It originally popped up on the UK version of Food Network but now it's all over Freeview in the UK. If you catch it by accident when you're channel hopping it really makes you feel sick.
Really, if they aren't your children it's not your problem unless it's beginning to rub off on yours. Greed and bad table manners don't go down well in my family and at your table (whether at home or in a restaurant) you don't have to pander to it (unless, of course, the parents are paying).
Mind you, I tend to agree with the others that there isn't a lot of meat on chicken wings unless they come with a chunk of the breast attached.