“吃饭了吗?”/Have you eaten yet?

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Read my latest post on my experience with Chinese food culture.

A Hungry African

DSC_0153I once read somewhere that China’s biggest religion is food, and having lived here a year and a half I can safely say that is true. Food is a big part of life here. “吃饭了吗?”/”Have you eaten yet?” is actually a form of greeting in China. To outsiders it may sound weird it’s actually just a way of showing concern for the wellbeing of a person (because food is bae), although I’m always hoping that if I answer “no” he/she will offer to treat me to a meal.

IMG_1083 Jiaozi or dumplings

Every traditional Chinese holiday has some type of food at it’s center; Spring festival has dumplings, Autumn festival has mooncake, Dragon boat festival has glutinous rice, and so on. For someone who loves eating, it is a great way to celebrate holidays. And given how diverse their cuisine is, eating out is like playing russian roulette, you never know…

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