For me, it's the BLAT.
You sit down to a tasty-looking sandwich; malted bread, crispy bacon, plump tomatoes and crunchy lettuce... Woah, back up! There's avocado in there. Why is the avocado in there? Get out of my sandwich!
I like the 'cado elsewhere, but not anywhere near my bacon.
I stayed with some Cantonese students at one point and you really do appreciate proper Chinese cooking compared to British-Chinese-luminous-syrup-chicken.
The amazing thing, I found, was the sheer variety of the dishes despite a lot being so simplistic. My cousin came to visit us and they made this absolute banquet for everyone - an array of the likes of seared, shredded beef with green beans, spiced chicken thighs, some kind of pickled cabbage dish, tofu with beans and waterchestnuts in a chilli-based sauce, rice with onions, and more.
Everything was utterly delicious and I was amused that they actually eat out of each others bowls and seemed to be quite a bunch more social about an eating gathering. So much more open and inviting. If a certain item on the table was finished, but a fellow diner had what they wanted, the end of the meal seemed to turn into infinite swapsies, but I found that quite endearing!
Regardless, it was worlds apart from the sweet, cloying, fatty, syrupy dessert-a-like "Chinese" dishes we accept as "authentic" over here. My only regret is that I'll never get to experience that exact meal ever again... *sniff*
Ruining a lovely delicious pile of food by adding chilli is the worst crime imaginable!
I've also never understood people who, when faced with a wide variety of different drool-worth icecream flavours, plump for boring old vanilla. Don't get me wrong, I love vanilla, but it seems such a waste to have that if faced by a million more exotic flavours.
Putting the vegetable pepper in anything and everything. Everyhting you buy/order in a restaurant has the stuff on.
I can't stand them in case you couldn't guess. Ruins so many of my meals =[
One of my friends cuts off the ends of her sausages and throws them away...that makes me want to cry!
Agree with OP - pineapple on things. The only thing pinapple goes with is itself, or cheese. Always cold. NEVER EVER heated. That's just wrong.
When people put nuts in things irrationally. Like rhubarb crumble...with almonds. Or Banana cake....with walnuts. NO. Just banana cake. Or Rhubarb crumble. It's like a tic people have, putting nuts in everyhting, Bleurgh.
I also find it a little sad (not devastating, just a little sad) when I see people eating nigiri rice-side down.
If you have an exquisitely prepared piece of fish atop your rice, it's owed not only to proper sushi etiquette but more importantly, to your awesome tingling tastebuds - to eat your nigiri fish-side down so your tongue savours the taste of the beautifully prepared fish from start to finish of sushi-consumage.
And then there's the abomination that is Americanised sushi filling... which really IS a crime against sushi - Cream cheese, fried chicken, hot dog... ugh.
When chppies/over enthusiastic mothers ruin your chips by drowning them in vinegar. Gutting!
lol that means I must be a bad criminal.
But here's mine:
Crisp/chips sandwich with ketchup. Eughhhhh