A selection of clips from Programme 5 of Real Chinese.
Breakfast and lunch
For the Chinese, eating is an important part of daily life. Breakfast and lunch are particularly important meals, so that the body can keep going for the rest of the day. Traditional breakfast consists of corn or rice porridge with pickles, but roadside stalls offer much more variety. Lunch is heartier still, with a range of meat and vegetables, all accompanied by rice or noodles.This clip includes vocabulary for common breakfast and lunch foods, and talking about what you like or don't like to eat.
In a restaurant
Beijing has a wide range of restaurants, each offering its own particular specialities. Beijing roast duck is a favourite, while Cantonese seafood is also immensely popular. The Chinese always extend their hospitality by inviting people to a lavish meal - it's not only a time for a good get-together enjoying tasty food, but also an important way to build good business relationships. This clip includes ordering food including fried beans, prawns and roast duck and asking for the bill. It also covers seafood, chopsticks and being guests of Chinese hosts.
With eating places in abundance, many Chinese like to go out for a meal. Sichuanese hotpot and Cantonese stir-fry are just two of hundreds of China's varied cuisines. Alternatively there are foodstalls on the streets, where you can eat equally tasty, but often strange dishes, like deep fried grasshoppers. For the Mid-Autumn Festival a home-cooked dinner is the meal of choice, with all members of the family getting together over a sumptuous meals including fish and vegetables. This clip covers vocabulary for various foods, saying what you like and ordering portions of street food.
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