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Eating Culture Essay

596 words - 3 pages

The differences between Chinese and Western’s eating habits and etiquette

As we know, there are too many differences between China and foreign countries, because people have different habits and faiths. For example, today I’ll talk about Dietary Culture. This is a basic.
Firstly, If you are invited to a male, there are two kinds: one is banquet, another is optional. Men should wear tidy upper outer garment and leather shoes, women should wear suit and high-heel shoes. That is dress codes. But Chinese usually wear Western-style clothes or something which is very simple.
Secondly, one of the features of Western-style food is: there are a lot of table wares. When we sit down, our eyes will be dazzled. Plate, cups, knife and so on. But the most time in China, people just use chopsticks or spoon. In my opinion, maybe ...view middle of the document...

Vegetable, dessert and drink are the last one. My father told me after he came back from Australia,” I am always hungry.” How little the food is! Chinese starters are normally cold dishes. The main course the Chinese people refer to are not dishes, but rice or wheat food like noodle or bun. This might be a major difference between Chinese food culture and western food culture. This difference has been formed due to the different food structure and different food concept. Chinese soup are served after main dishes. This is another difference between Chinese food culture and western food culture. The most typical dessert in Chinese dinner are fruits. High quality restaurants would often assemble a big plate with several types of fruits arranged in beautiful patterns.
And then outside of the food. One day, my mom and I were watching a cooking channel. The cook was a foreigner. We learned it very carefully, and we noticed that there are some very important ingredients in western country. That is: lemon, butter, pepper, potatoes and so on. The looking of many dishes are ropy just like mashed potatoes. But Chinese food pay attention to the color, smell, taste, shape.
Finally, one of the biggest differences between Chinese dinner and western dinner might be the position on table where dishes are served. In western dinner, dishes are served in each person's own plate. So each person uses a big plate. Dishes are put to each person's own plate before serving. In western restaurants, everyone orders the three courses for oneself. In Chinese dinner, dishes are served at the middle of table for all to share, and each person uses a small plate in front him or her to hold the food one has picked from the shared dishes. Foods are taken from the plates at the center of the table into one's own plate during the course of the meal.
As a result, there are a great many of differences between Chinese and Western’s eating habits, it’s a very interesting topic.

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