Reading II: Difference between Chinese and Western food

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Difference between Chinese and Western food

Dining in China has long been looked upon as a combined pleasure and cultural experience. In Beijing alone, a plethora of tasty dishes awaits both the adventurous and the "homesick"hungry traveler.

There are thousands of eating places in Beijing, serving more than half a dozen different Chinese cuisine. And thanks to the proliferation of modern hotels and international restaurant chains, the city now boasts kitchens that prepare food from all parts of the world. One can taste genuine French, Russian and American cuisine, as well as Japanese, Korean and Thai food cooked by native chefs. There are also outlets of the world's not popular fast food, such as McDonalds's, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dunkin' Donuts and Kenny Rodgers' Roasters.

Hotels serve some of the best meals and normally have the best service. Local Restaurants are more crowded and noisy, but they portray a fuller sense of local flavor. Lunch is between 10 AM and 2 PM, and dinner is traditionally Ron 6 to 8 PM. However, dining habits are changing and more restaurants are staying open after 9 PM. It is best to telephone ahead to book seats.

The best known places have bilingual Chinese-English menus and there are usually one of two English-speaking waiters. Visitors can use credit cards of travelers' checks in restaurants within hotels.

Sometimes eating out becomes a form of entertainment in itself, especially when sampling such Beijing snacks as dumplings (Jiaozi), noodles and family-style dishes in typical, homely Chinese restaurants.

Chinese cooking often uses MSG (Weijing) in preparation. If you are allergic to this substance, ask for your order not to contain it.

The biggest difference between Chinese and Western food is that soup is served last in China, The dishes are normally served in the order of cold dishes--hot dishes --soup --snacks--dessert --fruit.