(Picture of our New Year's Hot Pot that we shared with the missionaries)
My husband has had some Chinese prospective joint venture clients in town these past few days. He has been the one to take them around, take them to dinner etc. I guess that would be because he is the only employee who speaks chinese. lol These men first went to Chicago to meet with another client of theirs'. By the time they got to San Francisco, they told him they couldn't stand American food! He offered to take them out to eat chinese food. But the chinese food in the East bay isn't nearly as good as the food by the bay. It's too bad he can't just drive them to the city every day to eat. The chinese food they have eaten is more palatable to them than the American food they have eaten, but it certainly isn't up to their standards. While ordering food last night, some of the men asked for vegetables. They said, "You know, the kind with leaves!". I hate to inform them that not a lot of restaurants here cook the kind of food they are accustomed to eating. In fact, Asians eat vegetable greens that we aren't even familiar with here.
When I was a missionary, one of my Taiwanese companions told me that she needs to eat rice and vegetables every day or her digestion gets messed up. These men felt the same way. They all said they were having stomach problems from not eating enough rice. My husband said, "Many Americans like to eat steak." They said, "We can't eat that! It's too hard to digest."
I feel sorry for these men who thought of America as the land of milk and honey, only to find out that they couldn't even find a healthy meal here. I have to admit that when I cook American food, the main dish doesn't involve many vegetables. When I cook Chinese food, the dishes I cook don't involve much meat. When I look at how fat we Americans are, I think the Chinese have it right.