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differences between Chinese and Western Food Culture

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Differences Between Chinese and Western
Food Culture

Differences in dining etiquette
Differences in diet
Chinese breakfast
Crullers (Youtiao): twisted strips of dough----that have been deep-fried in oil
western breakfast
Big hearty breakfasts in some countries, very light (and sweet) breakfasts in others.
A breakfast buffet with yogurt, oatmeal, coffee, juice, tea, sausages, sandwiches and eggs.
Or a lighter and sweeter breakfast with some croissants and a cup of espresso.
chinese lunch
Shrimp Dumpling Soup:
Hong Kong-style bundles of minced shrimp with hearty egg noodles
Chow Fun:
A kind of popular Cantonese staple
Stir fried noodles with beef in a savory sauce
Mapo Tofu:
western lunch
However, in most parts of Europe, dining habits have changed over the last 50 years.
western dinner
More pasta and potatoes compared with China; Less rice and noodles compared with China.
Heavier and richer dinners in the north of Europe; Lighter and healthier in the south of Europe.
Chinese etiquette
Seats and dishes furnishing
Use roundtable for easily sharing dishes
Drinking etiquette
Dining precautions
western etiquette
Seats and dishes furnishing
Use rectangular table
Dining precautions
chinese dinner
Serve few dishes for dinner, including some meat, vegetables, rice and soup.
Stir-fried baby kai-lan with salted fish sauce
Tofu-fish soup
Steamed minced pork with water chestnuts
Chicken with soy sause
Various ingredients in order to have a balance diet for health.
Water and tea are always provided.
Use rectangular table
The owner usually sits on the short side of the table. Typically the owner will first arrange your seat.
Knife and spoon are placed to the right of the plate. The fork is on the left.
Remember "liquids on your right" and "solids on your left“.
dining precautions
Napkins can imply the beginning and end of the feast.
In a formal dinner, the hostess puts the napkin on her lap, which is a sign of the beginning of the feast.
If you leave for a few moments during the meal, you should place your napkin on your chair. When you leave at the end of the meal, leave your napkin to the left of your dinner plate.
dining precautions
The hostess puts the napkin on the table, which is a sign of the ending of the feast.
differences in dining etiquette
differences in diet
Q & A
thanks for your attention
Presenter: Sandy
Do not point your chopsticks at someone.
Do not stick your chopsticks into your rice bowl and leave them there standing up, for in this position they resemble incense sticks set before a grave.
Congee: a type of watery rice gruel
For instance, Norway is the country with the highest pizza consumption per capita.

Dinner is usually a light meal in Italy. People tend to have lighter food, such as soup, broth, salad, cold meats, or the leftovers from lunch.
Today, many people eat only a small meal in the middle of the day at work, often also a second breakfast, and enjoy a hot dinner in the evening at home with the whole family.
Traditionally, the main meal of the day has been lunch. Dinner was always a smaller meal.
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