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Chinese dinner drinks

My wife made a Chinese dish tonight - very tasty! It had rice noodles, beef, shrimp, carrots and peas. The question we have is what is a traditional drink (wine or otherwise) that usually goes for dinner?

Alexandre Beloussov
Sun, 27 Feb 2011 06:30:17 +0000

You lucky guy!

Unlike Europeans, drinks and food are not associated to each other at Chinese meals. There isn't a drink that go with a particular food. However, there are typical beverage types.

For informal home meal, anything goes. Most likely water.

For formal meals, hot tea is usually served. There are millions of tea types. Oolong and Jasmine are two very common types. It's all preference.

For special guests and good friends, alcohol is usually involved, but not specific to any type. In fact, I don't know what alcohol Chinese drinks. It seems the more important the occasion/guest, the more expensive the wine. Good friends who just want to get drunk . . . anything goes. Rice wine is very common.

Another rule of thumb . . . Chinese drink hot tea and iced coffee. European drink iced tea and hot coffee. By the way, I don't believe Chinese drink coffee traditionally, but has made its way into our culture nowadays.

Hopefully, this reply makes your next Chinese meal more authentic.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 27 Feb 2011 06:52:00 +0000

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