Re:Burn my meat!
I am more or less in China for work. I married a local woman here and I live in a nice city near Shanghai called Hangzhou.
I have been craving a good steak for awhile. Problem is that good cuts of steak are difficult to find and are expensive. I live in an apartment, so there is no real place to grill, and my pan fry methods doesn't do the meat justice.
There are "Western restaurants" and hotels, but they are ridiculously expensive for what one gets. There is one place that has a steak dinner for about $30. I also had one in a 4 star hotel, but their prices are outrageous, and the only reason I had one there was because I had vouchers. Probably $40-50 USD.
There is a third option, various domestic Chinese chain coffee places sell steak. I dont know how it is prepared, but it comes out on a skillet sizzling with onions and brown gravy on top. Not bad. Not good either. Korean BBQ is always a great idea, but it is more fun with a party of people instead of dining alone or takeaway. Korean food is the best Asian food anyway.
One steak place I liked in Memphis was "The Butcher Shop" on Front Street where one can cook their own steak. I just miss sitting outside on a fall night with my father, cooking a steak from a wood fire, and that incredible smoky flavor that got on your clothes, in the house and in our stomachs. Those days are gone forever. I am over here, and my father cannot eat steak anymore because of throat cancer.
I would not eat at Ponderosa, Bonanza or any of those places back home because for those prices, I can go to the supermarket and buy my own, alcohol and make a fire and do it as I want. Not that Ponderosa or Bonanza are that bad, for the price it really isn't. But steak is, again, so easy to make, made by me rather than some dude who doesn't wash his hands after he urinates.
I think people who pay Ruth Chriss prices are morons anyway. I think on this board, I read that when someone orders water, the waitress asks "Tap?", which implies selling water. That would annoy me. "Just get me some damn water!". Of course, I would not order water. Red wine please. And not that old ****e. Fresh wine! I think on second thought that having an "inferior meat" locker for us "well done" people, probably not.
Lastly, back in the early 1990's I was a route driver for Ryder Trucks, delivering newspapers in regional towns around Memphis. A black guy trained me on the route (I'm white). He would ask me things because I am white about weird things of a sexual nature, and then out of the blue asked me how I liked my steak done. He told me that the blacks like it well done also. Uh huh, OK.