Eating at the restaurant with Chinese people is quite an experience. There are so many rules of etiquette to follow. First and foremost, only one person pays and this person orders all the food for everyone. If he or she does it right, there will be lots of food leftover (no one went home hungry). Also, intestines and other parts rarely eaten by foreigners are considered delicacies.
Soup with strips of pig belly. Had a bowl, not so bad.
Vegetables and pig intestine. Tried it, almost spit it out but managed to swallow it.
Deep fried whole fish caught in little pools on the mountain. Ate a half dozen, so crispy they could have been anything.
One rule I find amusing is that it’s ok to eat with your mouth open, speak with your mouth full or slurp your food but when picking our teeth with a toothpick you must cover your mouth with your opposite hand.
My biggest pet peeve is the way they serve chicken. They chop it up in small pieces so that there is not one piece left without a bone. This way, you put the piece in your mouth (using chopsticks), eat the meat and spit out the bone. Hands never touch any of the food.
The head is always left on. Some people like to eat it.
Typical chopping up of the drumstick and serving of chicken in restaurants and grocery stores.
Notice the cooked head on the platter.
Plates of chicken ready for delivery to the table. Notice the piglets hanging in the background.
Guess who was sitting at the chair with the coke can.
I do like the idea of ordering a bunch of plates and then choosing what you will eat. Anything left over has not been touched by anyone and can be taken home. There are no served plates with uneaten and wasted food left behind because Jimmy doesn’t like broccoli, or the foreigner doesn’t like pig intestine.