One of the top concerns from our clients before coming to China is food.
There are many rumors on social media about weird food Chinese people consume, but in fact, most of these rumors are untrue and unfounded. As the second biggest business travel destination globally, China offers a wide range of delicacies in terms of variety, taste and cooking method for travelers to explore.
Most of you travelling to China will have your breakfasts at hotel. While 4* international hotels offer western buffet, most 4* local hotels offer both western and Chinese breakfast in buffet style. They offer toasts, fruits, soup, coffee as western breakfast, and steam bread, rice, vegetable, noodles and porridge as Chinese style.
If you are travelling to China to visit trade fairs, then very likely you will have your lunch inside the fair ground. There will be Chinese food such as rice and noodles; and western fast food, such as pizza and burger, for you to choose from. In some big fairs such as The Canton Fair, there will be Halal and Indian food as well.
If you are visiting factories, then most likely the factory will invite us for Chinese lunches and dinners in restaurants near the factory area. The kind of food will depend on the region you visit. If you visit the coastal provinces of China, you might have more fish and seafood options on the menu. If you visit inland of China, then you may have more chicken, duck and beef. Chinese people love vegetables and fruits as well, so even if you are vegetarian, there will be plenty of option for you.
Is all Chinese food spicy? NO! Only for areas in Sichuan and other inland provinces which have severe cold winter, people there are used to eat spicy food to gain more body heat to resist the weather. Otherwise, most meals in China taste mild (great!).
Chinese prefer steaming food or frying food with sauce in a wok. Deep fried and fried food is not common as they are not healthy way of cooking. Chinese also enjoy sharing different food during meal, so it is very normal to sit around a big circular table, with a turnable disc in the middle, and plates containing different food on the table for everyone to share.
Most of our clients are positively surprised by the variety and deliciousness of what real Chinese food can offer (Not the Chinese food from the corner shop in your home country.). So worry not, we are ready to introduce you healthy and delicious Chinese cuisine in your next business trip to China!
Mr. Lau, Senior Advisor, Orient+