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2017/12/01 12:41:32 (permalink)

What to feed Chinese teen-age girls?

We will be hosting two teen-age girls (as part of exchange program) in January.  Does anyone know what foods would really please them?  My first thought is to do  just my regular meals but I don't want them to go hungry .  Does anyone have any ideas?
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/01 13:48:27 (permalink)
They might be interested in trying the Americanized versions of the foods they're already familiar with, and on the flip side it could be an opportunity for you to pick up some tips on cooking authentic Chinese dishes.  Hopefully you'll all have a chance to work together in the kitchen.
 
Personally, I'd look at keeping food group ratios fairly close.  For example, if their meals at home are heavy on vegetables and lighter on protein I wouldn't be handing out queen cut prime rib right away.
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/01 13:50:17 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2017/12/02 11:45:58
Feed them regular American food, Roadfood, even. You're likely not prepared to fix real Chinese food, like they're used to and they may well be looking forward to sampling American fare. Most exchange students, even teens, are eager to sample what their host countries have to offer. You could also ask them when they get there, if there are any American treats they might be longing to try. Shoot, introduce them to BBQ or MD seafood. I bet they'd love either.
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/01 14:33:09 (permalink)
I know this doesnt answer your question, but the first thing I'd want to know were I in your circumstances was if either has any food allergies......
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/01 16:03:37 (permalink)
Hamburgers and fries!
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/01 16:48:09 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2018/01/27 17:16:53
Pizza! 
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/01 18:12:50 (permalink)
Breakfast for dinner!
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/01 19:43:30 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2017/12/02 07:38:18
I wouldn't worry about them going hungry. I would bet these teens will have a lot of respect for our culture and will  want to try our foods. I wouldn't try my had at Chinese food, that just may have them looking at it and wondering what the heck it is. I think the seafood thats different than they could get in China would be great. Blue crab and soft shell crab may also work also fresh fish. Make sure you have chopsticks on hand......Good luck...........P.S. take them to Chubby's, that should be a cultural shock. 
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/01 21:12:38 (permalink)
from my daughters experience, (not oriental but raised and lives in Asia), when visiting long term she craved fresh veg  and fruit and was given way too much processed food to the point she would cook some meal and do shopping herself.
 
From my experience
Congee is common for breakfast and depending on what you normally have you may want to check and see if that is more at home for them, as breakfast usually is a dish that you like to have something familiar and congee is about as far as you can get from a western type breakfast.
 
lots of steamed rice and very flavorful side dishes to pick and choose from is common.
 
Your guests may be too shy to tell you what they want so early on I’d plan to take them shopping so they can plan a meal and see if what they come up with is similar to what you’ve been serving and take if from there.
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/02 11:47:27 (permalink)
Better have plenty of good rice on hand.
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/02 12:31:56 (permalink)
I ask you if you went to China, would you thank your hosts if they served you Mickey D's, Papa John's and KFC? I'm 100% on board with Root-Beer Man.
 
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/02 12:39:00 (permalink)
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I ask you if you went to China, would you thank your hosts if they served you Mickey D's, Papa John's and KFC? I'm 100% on board with Root-Beer Man.
 


I don't serve this to my family so there is no chance that I would serve it to our guests.
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/02 12:43:11 (permalink)
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I ask you if you went to China, would you thank your hosts if they served you Mickey D's, Papa John's and KFC? I'm 100% on board with Root-Beer Man.
 


I don't serve this to my family so there is no chance that I would serve it to our guests.


I took a German printing press repairman out to a bar that had many German beers. He ordered an Old Style, something I didn't drink if they were free. "Why" I asked him. He said he wanted to drink "foreign beer".
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/02 12:49:24 (permalink)
Personally, I would think these girls would soon tire of "American" (fast or slow) food and want to eat some good Chinese meals. Determine if they are Mandarin or Cantonese and then try to find Chinese restaurants in your area that are culturally compatible with what they're used to at home. Hey, they may just want pizza and burgers!
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/02 13:22:45 (permalink)
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I ask you if you went to China, would you thank your hosts if they served you Mickey D's, Papa John's and KFC? I'm 100% on board with Root-Beer Man.
 


I don't serve this to my family so there is no chance that I would serve it to our guests.


I took a German printing press repairman out to a bar that had many German beers. He ordered an Old Style, something I didn't drink if they were free. "Why" I asked him. He said he wanted to drink "foreign beer".


This brings to mind our pub experience in Ireland.  All the locals were drinking Bud long necks.  Only the tourists were drinking Guinness.  I reckon "exotic" is in the eye of the beholder.
 
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/02 17:06:48 (permalink)
I had Taiwanese friends who served congee to guests before we all left to their son's wedding.
 
Think of it as rice gruel.  The one I ate had dried fruit in it.
 
Maybe oatmeal would seem familiar to them?
 
 
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/03 09:22:07 (permalink)
Just remembered -- when I went to work in Tokyo for a few weeks, our hosts took us out for lunch on our first day, to a Chinese restaurant.  The next week they took us out for sushi.  In the meantime we sampled Japanese fare on our own, but also found a Mac's, a BBQ rib chain, a pizza, a ham and cheese sandwich, and Italian.  IOW we were adventurous, but also longed for our own cuisine.  Alas our cuisine in a foreign land was well below par. As to what Chinese teenage girls would prefer, I have no idea, but maybe a compromise might be Vietnamese or Japanese or maybe even Indian.
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2017/12/03 15:13:49 (permalink)
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Feed them regular American food, Roadfood, even. You're likely not prepared to fix real Chinese food, like they're used to and they may well be looking forward to sampling American fare. Most exchange students, even teens, are eager to sample what their host countries have to offer. You could also ask them when they get there, if there are any American treats they might be longing to try. Shoot, introduce them to BBQ or MD seafood. I bet they'd love either.


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I wouldn't worry about them going hungry. I would bet these teens will have a lot of respect for our culture and will  want to try our foods. I wouldn't try my had at Chinese food, that just may have them looking at it and wondering what the heck it is. I think the seafood thats different than they could get in China would be great. Blue crab and soft shell crab may also work also fresh fish. Make sure you have chopsticks on hand......Good luck...........P.S. take them to Chubby's, that should be a cultural shock. 


Some sage advice above - especially the part about taking them to Chubby's!
 
My 2 cents: 
 
1)  Simply ask them what they are 'looking forward to'.  Chances are this will include pizza, burgers, fries, ice cream, and fried chicken.
 
2)  Locate your nearest Asian groceries and invite them to cook some things they like.  You're going to learn as much from them as they will from you.
 
3)  Take them to a food court like the one at the Inner Harbor and let them forage.
 
4)  They will probably be a bit surprised at the sheer number of Chinese restaurants and that they are literally everywhere.  Do a little research and identify a few that offer 'real' Chinese dishes off 'special menu's, just in case a little homesickness occurs.  And I'm sure that they will be both amused by and like some of the Americanized offerings.
 
5)  And for goodness sake, treat them to G&M!
 
Bottom line, like pnwchef, I wouldn't worry about teen aged girls from anywhere going hungry.
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2018/01/27 15:30:29 (permalink)
Our Chinese guests arrive tomorrow.  We pick them up at 5:30 pm.  Our first meal will be steaks on the grill (well-done for them} along with sweet potato fries, stir-fried greens and apple tart for dessert.  A big problem is that I have to pack bag lunches for 3 days as they will be going on field trips...........yikes!
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2018/01/27 16:36:46 (permalink)
Greymo, I bet they'd love sandwiches and fresh fruit.  A bag of chips?  Lots of different types of chips at our Ranch99 store.
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2018/01/27 20:38:44 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Greymo 2018/01/27 20:55:16
Make those steaks medium. Don't spoil a good piece of meat by turning it into leather.
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2018/01/27 20:57:12 (permalink)
You are so right..........I will make sure that the steaks are just grilled enough so that no red is showing.  We are having tenderloins and this is killing me!
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2018/01/27 21:04:38 (permalink)
I wouldn't worry about red showing. It's unlikely to freak them out. Leave some pink at medium. It would be a shame to introduce them to good cuts and to overcook them.
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2018/01/30 10:46:51 (permalink)
Things are  going great with the Chinese girls.  They are extremely polite and very bright.  Last night I served shrimp and grits, stir-fried Chinese broccoli and home-made applesauce. They enjoyed it but did not put the shrimp on their grits...found that interesting.
 
They are going on a field trip today so we had to provide bag lunches.  My daughter in law had them  make their own sandwiches.  What fun it was to watch them put mustard on their bread with chopsticks!  We are having a fun time with them.
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2018/01/30 11:37:09 (permalink)
This reminds me of a story back in the 60s.  A couple of Tibetan monks visited NYC, stopped at a hot dog stand and after finishing their dogs, ate the mustard out of the jar with spoons.
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2018/01/30 13:11:34 (permalink)
Greymo, please keep updating this thread.  I am really enjoying reading about their likes and dislikes.
 
I dated a wonderful Beijing-born Chinese woman for a year and half.  The only thing she admitted to liking better in the US was ice cream, saying ours was much superior.  Maybe this would partially explain why she was an absolute ice cream eating machine.  She also loved ranch dressing, saying how much it reminded her of a very popular Chinese sauce.
 
She also once told me a saying the Chinese use:  If you want to talk, go to Beijing.  If you want to shop, go to Shanghai.  But if you want to eat, go to Guangzhou.
 
 
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2018/01/30 15:42:34 (permalink)
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Greymo, please keep updating this thread.  I am really enjoying reading about their likes and dislikes.
 
I dated a wonderful Beijing-born Chinese woman for a year and half.  The only thing she admitted to liking better in the US was ice cream, saying ours was much superior.  Maybe this would partially explain why she was an absolute ice cream eating machine.  She also loved ranch dressing, saying how much it reminded her of a very popular Chinese sauce.
 
She also once told me a saying the Chinese use:  If you want to talk, go to Beijing.  If you want to shop, go to Shanghai.  But if you want to eat, go to Guangzhou.
 
 


Really interesting...........we will have to give them ice cream tonight!  They live in Tianjin which is only 90 miles from Beijing............and they do love to talk.  It is very interesting that they want to speak English all the time.  If they don't understand a word, they get their phone out and look it up.  Our kids do not get much chance to speak to them in Chinese.  But when my grandson goes to China for 16 days in June, he will have his chance. Both girls have taken English in school since 1st grade and they are so thrilled that we understand them.
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2018/01/30 17:40:54 (permalink)
Greymo, do you get the PBS "create" channel on TV?  I'm enjoy the "Simply Ming" show and am curious about how the girls might react to it.
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2018/01/31 19:51:45 (permalink)
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Greymo, do you get the PBS "create" channel on TV?  I'm enjoy the "Simply Ming" show and am curious about how the girls might react to it.


No, we do not get that..........darn it!
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Re: What to feed Chinese teen-age girls? 2018/01/31 20:01:29 (permalink)
The girls really enjoyed their dinner last night.  We had a roasted chicken, oven roasted vegetables, green salad and raspberry ice cream.  One of the girls has an "American" name and loves to hear her called it................her American name is Helen.  They went to inner harbor in Baltimore  and the National Aquarium yesterday.  Helen was not happy with it.  She dislikes any deep water.  She was not even happy with the butterfly exhibit and happy to get out of there.  She really did love i walking around the inner harbor..  Oh yes, both girls loved the ice cream.........thanks Buffetbuster!
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