Family-style eating is great.
It is like a “Build Your Own Buffet” adventure.
Here is a breakdown, dish by dish, of a typical lunch order at a small roadside restaurant.
Instead of each person ordering entrees, there are many smaller bowls and dishes which are to be shared at the table.
It looks like this:
Here’s how the meal progressed.
Starter: Seaweed soup
Served in a clear broth. Likely lacking taste and in a hot water broth because one of the people in our party eats gluten-free.
It doesn’t look too tasty, and it didn’t taste good, either. But I think it was healthy! Better thought of as a base layer.
Bowls of plain white steamed rice were brought next, one for each person.
Cabbage and Pork
My favorite dish!
I love the salty pork flavor mixed with the cabbage stirred with some sort of oil. There is a little bit of spice.
Eggs and Tomatoes
I didn’t try this, but it looked nice.
One of my favorite vegetables that we regularly ate in China. I think it is pronounced con-sin-sai.
Cabbage, fermented spicy cabbage, and a spicy sauce for dipping were also part of the lunchtime spread.
This is our group.
We added some text on the picture for an added bonus that they can use on their website:
We also drew our own menus:
See more from my 2017 trip to China:
- Emei Mountain: Hiking Tips and Photos
- Panda Zoo in Chengdu, China
- Waiting for Push-ups: Travel to China