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    Chinese Restaurant Banquet with private rooms (special occasions)
    Chinese Restaurant Banquet As a foreigner in China, you will likely be invited to an affair referred to as a Chinese Banquet. This is usually a special event to honor someone. A nice hotel or restaurant will be chosen, and dining will be done in a private room.

    There is certain etiquette involved. The guest of honor usually is seated at the far side with his back to the wall. Seated next to the guest of honor are the next most important people.

    Many unusual dishes will be ordered – and too much food will be ordered – all to impress you. As the guest, you will be asked to try each dish and compliment it. If you do not compliment it – you will hurt the feelings of the host. You must at least try a little. It is considered very rude to refuse to try it. So, get ready for thousand year old black eggs, chicken feet, gonads, intestines, brains, fish and in Guangzhou – anything that moves – may be served up! Usually these meals are very heavy on meat and very small on vegetables.

    The Chinese are very generous and want to give you the best part of any dish – because they think they are honouring you. So don’t be surprised if someone puts a fish eye on your dish, or the head from the chicken. They are trying to be polite. And if they really like you, they will continually fill your dish for you the whole night long.

    Usually, the guest will be asked what he would like to eat that night. I usually tried to order a vegetable or beef dish, so that I knew there would be something I could eat.

    It is customary to eat slowly, as the many dishes keep arriving from the kitchen. After about an hour, it is break time. The men will sit back from the table and smoke and drink and chat for a while. Then after about half an hour, they will get back to the job of eating. So, lunch or dinner is never less than 2 hours in the restaurant.

    Beverages
    You can choose bottled water, tea, hot water, fruit juices, cola and sprite or beer. Drinks are served in very thin, flimsy disposable plastic cups that are easy to tip. Coffee may be available in a good restaurant and usually is available in a hotel. Coffee in China is Maxwell House and comes in single serving packages already doctored with powdered cream and sugar. You can buy bottles of coffee in the supermarket to make your own at home. In the larger cities, you will see western coffee shops like Starbucks. Mister Donut has a few locations in Shanghai.
    Dessert

    Dessert in a Chinese restaurant is usually some watermelon or apple slices – and it will be served free by the restaurant if you have a large bill. Occasionally, you may be served some steamed bread rolls with icing on the side for dipping. Green mung beans over ice is another favourite in the south. Sometimes there are fried sweet pumpkin or sweet potato pancakes. Amazingly, you can go onto the street in most any town and find a bakery that makes delicious cakes and breads and french style pastries! There are shops dedicated to only special occasion cake making - and the cakes are western style and very delicious - with fruit fillings and light fluffy thick icing.

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    Time to Go!
    When the meal is finished, someone will announce loudly “zo” – which translates to "GO". And the whole table stops talking and eating, rises and leaves. No lingering.
    Chinese restaurant banquets were impressive, especially in the quantity of food that was ordered and wasted all to impress me. However, I did not enjoy them too much, as I was obligate to eat strange foods, I was constantly stared at as they looked in awe at a foreigner eating with chopsticks and I usually went home hungry because the dishes ordered were very unusual and not something I would eat.

    Tip: A fellow foreigner did not want to eat any meat or fish while in China - so he explained that he was a vegetarian to his hosts each time, and he was spared eating some of the very weird dishes that arrived at the table.

    Chinese restaurants are everywhere you look - big and small. It is reasonable to eat out. It is common for friends to go out together after work and have a meal together and then later go to Karaoke.

    Chinese Night Market Restaurants
    Many cities have a Night Market Restaurant - and it is on the street and starts at midnight. Many people - especially those who work evenings - or couples - will go down to the night market restaurants and eat open-air on the sidewalk and street - lots of fast food items and nibblies.

    How to Judge a Good Chinese Restaurant
    My Chinese husband taught me a good piece of advise. When looking for a place to eat - always choose the busy ones. If a restaurant has few or no customers - then it is likely that the locals don't like the food here - or it is not clean.

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