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Differences Between Chinese Food in China and In Netherlands

Differences Between Chinese Food in China and In Netherlands

(Last Updated On: October 12, 2023)

It’s common knowledge that there are many differences between Chinese food in China and in The Netherlands, but many people don’t realize just how different these cuisines can be.

The wide range of differences makes it clear that Chinese food in China is entirely different than Chinese food in The Netherlands.

If you want to eat quality Chinese food while traveling, it’s important to know the difference between these two cuisines so you can find an authentic restaurant!

Choosing your restaurant

When you think of Chinese food in China, you might think of dim sum, wonton soup, or babi pangang.

When you go to a Chinese restaurant in the Netherlands, however, the dishes are quite different.

It’s not uncommon to find a Dutch person who hasn’t had Chinese food before visiting the country. So what is there to know about dining out at a Chinese restaurant?

1) Chinese people usually eat their main meal around 2pm-4pm.

2) There are many associations between character type and personality traits that have been developed over time.

One such trait is that if someone can write archaic form of writing from ancient times then they are likely mature or solemn.

People also read about languages spoken in China. Hope you get the valuable stuff here.

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How to order Chinese Foods

It’s easy to find a Chinese restaurant near the city centre. Working your way through the archaic writing form on the menu can be difficult, but if you know what you want, it’s not too bad.

Chinese cuisine is generally very healthy, but there are extreme forms such as shark fin soup. You will always see an Asian character when ordering at a Chinese restaurant or takeaway.

I recommend trying Hong Kong style noodles with pork or beef, which will take a little longer than other dishes because of the preparation time.

If you like rice, have some rice wine and enjoy! There are many different styles of Chinese food; for example, Cantonese food is more spicy and salty while Northern Chinese food tends to be sweeter.

If Dim Sum? If these aren’t your thing (maybe Dutch people don’t really like these), then try Dumplings or Peking Duck!

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Eating utensils for Chinese Foods

In China, there are two different types of eating utensils: chopsticks for noodles and rice, or a spoon for soup. Chopsticks are used to hold the food, while the spoon is used to scoop it up from the bowl.

For most soups, a Chinese person will use chopsticks to pick up chunks of meat from their soup before putting them into their mouth.

Soup spoons are also used for this, but often times people will use one utensil or the other depending on what they’re eating.

In most restaurants in America, you’ll find that a combination of forks and knives are provided at each place setting so that you can eat anything on your plate as desired.

While Chinese restaurants here do provide these options, many dishes (including dumplings) are eaten with chopsticks exclusively.

There’s even an entire restaurant chain dedicated to serving traditional Cantonese cuisine using only wooden chopsticks!

When I told my friend I was going back home to visit family in China, she didn’t understand why I’d want to go home now when the winters were so cold.

But luckily Chinese culture doesn’t view weather as something we should be afraid of! Even though we might need more clothes and warmer jackets during certain seasons, our buildings and homes are all heated during winter months by modern-day furnaces.

Stir-fried dishes have veggies instead of noodles

There are a lot of differences between Chinese food abroad versus at home. While some are noticeable, such as the different ingredients, there are others that might not be so evident.

For example, stir-fried dishes have veggies instead of noodles – which is typically only found at a Chinese restaurant or dim sum house in China Town.

Plus, if you want your food to taste authentic, you’ll need to order during the right time schedule.

For example, Beijingers would typically eat rice dishes during lunchtime while Shanghainese would eat rice dishes for dinner.

Visible language can also be used to tell whether a restaurant is catering to people from the city or elsewhere.

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What about the food? Chinese people in the Netherlands have a completely different experience of Chinese food.

When ordering from a menu, Dutch restaurants will not serve traditional dishes like Sweet and Sour Pork, which are typically taken for granted by Chinese restaurant owners.

Instead, they offer dishes such as Beef with Broccoli, which is served with rice rather than fried rice. Dutch people also enjoy more meat-based dishes over vegetable-based ones.

Dutch labour market means that Dutch people can afford to eat out often so there’s less need to buy food from supermarkets and cook at home.

Dutch dishes cost on average €10 (£8) per dish, whereas their typical Chinese dish costs €5 (£4) (¥50).


What countries influenced China's food?

Chinese cuisine has been influenced by many countries over the years. Today, outside of China, you’ll find Chinese food that’s heavily influenced by dishes from Japan and the United States.

When did Chinese food come to Europe?

Chinese food has been a part of European culture for over 1,000 years. However, it was not until the 19th century that Chinese restaurants were introduced to Europe.

What are the 4 main styles of Chinese cuisine?

There are four main styles of Chinese cuisine: Cantonese, Beijing, Shanghai, Szechuan. Each region has its own specialty dishes. For example, Beijing is known for Peking duck; Cantonese for dim sum.

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