Dining out is one of the best parts about living in China. It’s also one of the worst. But if you want that sweet, sweet Kung Pao chicken, you’re going to have to bite the bullet and take the bad with the good. Everyone has eaten with (or been) one of these people below. Which one are you?
The Worst People to Eat with in China
The picky eater with a complicated order. You want your sandwich warmed to 175 degrees F with three and a half tomato slices? You want all of the cucumbers removed from your deli salad? No, these dumplings are not carb-free. Grow up and learn to face disappointment like an adult.
The one who has to photograph everything first. Just let me eat! I don’t care how many likes it takes you to validate your self-worth on Instagram.
The one who can’t use chopsticks. How long have you been in China? If it’s longer than 30 days, you have no excuse.
The one who never has enough money to cover his share of the bill. Oh, you’re a bit low on funds this month? Then stop ordering 90 RMB cocktails and brunching every weekend.
The one who tells you how many calories are in your food. Yes, I know this is a spoonful of cholesterol, and yes, I will have a second helping. My arteries, my choice.
The Best People to Eat with in China
The one who knows everything on the menu and does all the ordering for you. Please remove the anxiety of choice from my life and order us what you already know is delicious.
The one who isn’t afraid to yell for the waiters. She stands up and yells “FUWUYUAN”, while we’re just sitting here timidly waving and muttering “ni hao…ni hao?”
The one who’s good at math. When the rest of us are all drunk and useless, she grabs the bill and perfectly divvies up the expenses in 20 seconds or less, even accounting for the vegetarian friend who didn’t have any of the beef. Bless this friend.
The one who knows every happy hour, ladies night, set lunch and where to eat and drink on the cheap. They’re the only reason you can afford to live in your French Concession apartment and eat anything other than ramen noodles every night.
The one who makes the reservations for the group dinner every time. (Hint: this is really, really easy if you just use Chope. Your friend is awesome but he’s no superhero).
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