Category Archives: Dining

Hacking the Chinese Menu (Eat and Be Merry)

Oh, the dreaded Chinese menu. Here you are, sitting comfortably in a small restaurant in China, hungry and ready to dig into some big bowl of noodles or a pile of dumplings. The waiter comes by and hands you the menu. Oh no, no pictures! And, what’s worse, no English translations either. Sure, the translations Read More…

5 tips on food etiquette in China

In an informal setting there are hardly any special rules for dining in China and as a foreigner you will often be excused for any potential mistakes. But, if you find yourself in a business setting, for example, attending a formal banquet, there are a couple of things that you should bear in mind in Read More…

Hot – to die for

Everyone that knows me, knows of my outstanding affair with spicy food. It started with adding just that extra spoon of 辣椒 (LàJiāo – hot pepper) to every bowl of noodles that I came across to, to buying my own Mexican habanero sauces – ready to be used on every occasion. When I am faced with Read More…

DianPing: One for You, One for Me

Ever heard of group purchase (团购 TuánGòu)?  If you’ve been exposed to Chinese culture in the last couple of months, then I’m sure you have. Group purchase is a new way of buying things or services (online) and it’s in (很火 Hěn Huǒ – ‘very hot’).  The company that first introduced group purchase was 大众点评 Read More…

Swindled in China: The Teahouse Scam

If Chinese people are not known for being innovative, they are surely known to be very resourceful. It’s nothing strange to encounter people that are busily working away in their illegal businesses: like the illegal taxis 黑车 (HēiChē), selling counterfeit (or stolen) goods, or trying to get some extra money from scams. In the country Read More…

Let’s Talk about Chinese Food: Regional Differences

In one of our previous posts we’ve briefly discussed the main characteristics of Chinese cuisine, but in today’s post we shall venture even further. There are four, five, eight or even twelve schools of Chinese cuisine (depending on who you ask, really); for the sake of brevity we’ll tackle just four: they are Beijing, Sichuan, Read More…

Green dumplings?

  This post is intended for two groups of readers: people living in China who have been baffled by the green dumplings now adorning counters of every convenience store, and secondly, people who just want to know more about Chinese dumplings and are not entirely sure whether green is the way to go. 青团 (Qīng Read More…

Coffee or Tea?

Although tea has traditionally been the drink of choice for most of Chinese, China has seen more and more coffee drinkers in the past few years. Nowadays, it seems, any respectable city corner and shopping plaza has to be adorned by a Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Pacific Coffee Company or Coffee Bean store. Starbucks is definitely Read More…

Let’s Talk about Chinese Food

  If loves goes through the stomach, then certainly, the way to loving (and knowing) China is through Chinese cuisine. But, “it’s complicated”: Food has always played an important role in China (and let’s be honest, food plays an important role everywhere, but after answering to 你吃饭了吗 for the umpteenth time, you might agree that Read More…

Eating Out: What Exactly is the Fuwuyuan Saying?

  In our last post we looked at some tips that will help you maintain your cool when dinning out in China. Well, sadly, just looking cool isn’t enough these days; in order to impress your date, you’ll also have to utter some Chinese phrases. But, hold your horses, if you want to know exactly Read More…

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