Ni Hao SJEDS,
Many of you have asked us about Restaurants here in China. So far we have been to several ones. You already read about our adventure at the Dim Sum restaurant in Hong Kong.
Yesterday we were taken by our Tour Guide, Mr. Li, in Shanghai to a restaurant that servers food from the Western region of China. The waitress kept bringing us more and more plates of food. A fish dish followed by pork, beef, chicken, soup, vegetables, and rice. It was a feast. We were not able to finish all of the food that they placed in front of us.
In the morning we usually have breakfast at the hotel. In Shanghai, it was very interesting to sit at the table and observe all the other people in this big room. People share the tables at the restaurant. When you walk up to a table with some free chairs you ask if the chairs are taken. We noticed something funny that caused some confusion. When we walk up and asked (with gestures, since our Chinese is not that good if the chairs were still free, the person sitting at the table would shake their head. It seemed to mean “No, they are not occupied”. We had expected to see a nod meaning, “Yes, they are free”. Interpreting gestures is even more important if you do not speak the language.
There was a breakfast buffet, where everybody just got up and served themselves what they wanted. We noticed that most Chinese customers would take a salad, rice, noodles and hard boiled eggs or even a sandwich. It is very different from the kind of food we consider “breakfast” food. It was also interesting to observe how hardboiled eggs are eaten with chopsticks. They are peeled half way down and then the chopsticks are used to push the inside of the egg into the mouth.
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