The Taiwanese fear of cinnamon

Last week the entire office smelled like sh!t because someone was eating stinky tofu during lunch, I was the only one who complained and HR told me to give stinky tofu a try instead of complaining…

This morning I baked my cinnamon roll in the office’s oven and instantly 5+ people grouped up in the kitchen to ask what the smell was and giving really bad faces. Instantly the HR person came running in and said: “OMG that smell!, how can you eat that?”

What’s up with Taiwanese people’s fear of Cinnamon?

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Hahaha! Very true! My wife hates it too. Doesn’t have a good reason, either. But, then again, she never needs a good reason for anything! Lol

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This is an old wives’s tale.
I know, sorry, am related to, plenty of OG Taiwanese who like it just fine.
Those hardcore kaoliang sausages they make down south are LOADED with cinnamon.

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Childhood trauma with bedbugs? :idunno:

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To be fair, cinnamon is a rather strong smelling spice. Maybe this cinnamon love/hate thing is in our genes, like cilantro.

By the way, I myself love cinnamon, cilantro, and stinky tofu. But olives? Gag!

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Must be true, my sister-in-law brought them from Taichung…

It smells like Chinese medicine. That is the only reason.

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Innit in five spice? That fried pork chop you see around is full of five spice normally. I think my first memory of the smell of Taiwan, other than drain smell, is five spice, you smell it everywhere.

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I know it is a strong smelling spice but the comparison to Stinky tofu… I told them: “It’s not as bad as stinky tofu!” they said: “stinky tofu doesn’t smell bad!”

btw I love cilantro lol but I know a lot of people who hate it.

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lol my wife didn’t like it either but now she eats them (not sure if she likes them but at least she eats them).

This sounds right. Jagermeister (“ingredients include 56 herbs, fruits, roots, and spices”) tastes like cough syrup from when I was a kid, and thus I can’t stand it.

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What about Dr. Pepper soda?

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It’s funny but I do like Dr. Pepper. Maybe all of the sugar cuts the unpleasantness.

This is the correct answer.

Most people here have bad associations with Chinese medicine because it was force fed to them when they were kids.

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Like my childhood trauma with cod liver oil!

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I don’t know where you guys live.
Anytime I bitch about something stinking like Chinese medicine I get my ass kicked and am told it’s a good thing…

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:joy:

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I couldn’t eat papaya for the longest time because it tasted like some medicine I had to take here when I was a child, and I remain averse to artificial cherry flavors to this day because of the liquid Tylenol I was given. Smell and taste form very powerful bonds with memory.

I actually like the taste and smell of Chinese medicine…but I was also never forced to take it when I was a kid.

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One more data point: my Taiwanese wife absolutely hates cinnamon. Asks “how can you Westerners eat that?” But all of our children LOVE it and put it on yogurt, peanut butter, and anything cold or sweet. "媽媽我要肉桂粉”

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I think cinnamon and sticky tofu both smell great :+1:t2:

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