The Changing Taste of a Tai Ho Dish

Suck on some tang-su-yuk
Go to Tai Ho (despite repeated recommendations, it took me 11 years), and if you're observant, you'll notice two different-colored take-out menus at the front counter. If you're staying, that's your clue to ask your server for both menus, as they'll otherwise just give you one--the Chinese one.

The other is also Chinese, but Korean-style. I asked one of the employees about this, and she said that while just about all of the employees are Chinese, the head chef is Korean-born Chinese. With a sizeable Korean population in North Seattle, this Bothell Way-based restaurant offers a separate menu that appeals to Korean tastes, but you have to request it.

Here I'll repeat my mantra: Sex is like a menu. And you need to make sure you're viewing the whole menu to vie for new and different experiences.

On that Korean-style menu I found tang-su-yuk, which is essentially Korean-style sweet and sour pork. A couple of people I know had raved about the tang-su-yuk, so I ordered it. Yeah, I know. Sweet and sour pork is like the missionary position of Chinese food: tantalizing at first, with lots to discover, but ultimately a bit bland, a fall-back position, overdone--one for the kids.

But because I sought out all menu options, I was having a virgin try at a new dish. Exciting! This version was different. Not necessarily better, but not as cloyingly sweet as the usual (which the server snidely said is actually American-style Chinese).

That's good. I'm not always looking for sweet sex. Sure, sweet is nice, but sex isn't always sweet. I'm looking for variety, an "uh-huh" moment that makes one experience different from the others.

Point is: People, like foods, come in different tastes--as well as textures and looks. You have to try to see what you like. And don't expect simply sweetness. Bodies, and the fluids within, have different flavor profiles: sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. Maybe even bitter. And while these flavors can change partner to partner, they can change within a partner, too, depending on diet. (I'll get to that another time.)

The more you appreciate the diversity in your food, the more you'll likely appreciate it in your partner(s). Sometimes a little sourness is the perfect balance to some sweetness.

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