Have you eaten yet?

Many people perhaps don’t know, in China, the greeting are or were not “How you doing” but “Have you eaten yet?” 吃了吗? Starvation seems a far distant past but I think many still remembered the terrible experience that they tend to over ordering now. Yes, I’d rather believe this habit is from the unforgettable past than nouveau riche.

These photos were a meal for ten people in Dalian, a seaport in northeast China – Liaoning province. One of the guests wrote that they didn’t even finish 1/3 of the food on the table.


I hate to have too much food on the table which always ruin my appetite – too much work! March 2016 in China, over ordering is still the trend. I just couldn’t persuade them to order less – if it’s not enough, we can always order more, right??? Once I gently mentioned this to my uncle, he shouted back,
“Order less? Then why do you even bother to invite people for dinner?”
I was speechless. The following meals during this March trip, could have fed an extra army:

  1. Northeast Cuisine 鹏城老北方酒楼
  2. A Japanese in Shanghai
  3. The Voyage of Pujiang 浦之舟
  4. JFL 聚福林 in Jinan
  5. Xihe 羲和雅苑烤鸭坊
  6. Dadong 大董
  7. Juqi 局气
  8. Yanmingyuan 宴铭园

And more …

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