3 Misconceptions About Eating in China

When you think about traveling to China, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Walking the entire Great Wall? The sightseeing? The food? Yes, of course, we’re thinking about the food. In the States, (depending on where you live) you can have an idea of the cuisine served on a daily basis in China along with many myths of what you think is on the menu. For starters, P.F Changs isn’t one of them, but luckily, the VDC team is here to guide you through a few myths and misconceptions about Chinese cuisine:

Fortune Cookies

If you’re like us, you’re cracking open every fortune cookie attempting to relate the little message inside to your daily life. In China, you won’t find them with your meal. The American made “surprise” in a cookie isn’t something to look forward to when ordering your food. In fact, the Japanese invented the fortune cookie, but the Chinese captured the potential of it’s American used purpose. While the Chinese-American tradition is all fun and games, It only happens in the states, not in China. Trust us, there are plenty other desserts for you to try.

Street food

In any case, street food may not be the best. We know you see how good it looks on Insta, but in reality the lack of cleanliness can leave you sick ruining your entire trip. We warn you to stay away from street carts on our own, but there are plenty of street food tours to guide you safely through China’s cuisine.

Eating your pets

Pets are family and not food, right? While our vegan tendencies won’t lead us to any of these options, we are glad to say that dog and cat meat are not apart of traditional Chinese menus. Dogs have been apart of the Chinese household for thousands of years and according to Fu Xi, a Chinese mythological ruler, the Chinese have domesticated the pig, ox, goat, fowl, horse and dog meaning it will not be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

 

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