Serious Eats: Talk
Help! Picky Boyfriend Challenge!
Okay Serious eaters, I really need your help. My BF is a really picky eater. Pretty much the only thing he likes to eat is pasta and tomato sauce. I, on the other hand, am a very adventurous eater and like to eat a lot of things (also why I love this site). The other day we had a bit of an argument about food. He claims that he 'hates' Chinese food of all types and that he'll hate all of it no matter what. I'm Chinese and my family eats Chinese food pretty much every day. He's tried some food at my house, said he hates everything. We've had pho and some Vietnamese food and (although he said he liked it at the time) says that he hated it all. So he's basically made up his mind that he doesn't want to ever try it again because he'll hate it. Eventually, he basically said "Fine, make me something next week and I'll try it."
Now, I'm wondering what kind of dish to make for him that might at least open up his mind to trying it again.
Things he likes to eat: Fried rice (because it doesn't taste like anything? At least that's what he says), chicken, pasta in tomato sauce, stir fry drowned in teriyaki sauce.
Things he won't eat: fish/seafood, pork, and a lot of others.
Any suggestions as to dishes I could make to entice his tastebuds?
I was thinking maybe a cold noodle dish, with a peanut sauce and some chopped veggies and chicken. I'm looking for something that's simple, without very assertive flavors.
Any help would be appreciated, thanks so much SE community!