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At a restaurant Grace Tse

刊登日期: 2012.02.26
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In the eyes of foreigners, Hong Kong people love dining out and trying new restaurants. With more than 10,000 restaurants and a variety of cuisine options, Hong Kong has been called “Food Paradise” and “Gourmet Paradise”. In general, our eating habits are mainly Chinese with much Western influence. 

Your parents might have taken you for dinner at a Chinese restaurant on some special occasion such as your grandmother’s birthday. Did you notice how the food was served? As we all know, a Chinese meal normally starts with a starter to whet our taste buds or a soup to keep us warm, especially in winter. Then several main dishes are served in the middle of the table and shared by all of us. At the end of the meal, we have fresh fruit or red bean soup as dessert. Chinese tea always accompanies food throughout the whole meal. 

Western dinner is very different from a Chinese meal. Can you tell the differences? All the food is served individually. The first course of a Western meal is called a “starter” in British English or an “appetizer” in American English. Then each diner is served with one main course which could be beef, chicken or fish. After the main course, dessert such as ice cream, cakes or fruit, is served. While both British people and American people use the word “dessert”, British people may say “pudding” and “sweet” as well. After the table is cleared, coffee or tea is served as the very last course of the meal. 

Before we leave the restaurant, we have to pay by asking a waiter for a “bill” (British English) or a “check” (American English).

Glossary:
Gourmet Paradise 美食天堂
Starter 前菜
Dessert 甜品
Main course 主菜
Bill 賬單

 

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