How to Navigate Chinese Cuisine

Marketplace Host Kai Ryssdal traveled to China for a two-week reporting trip. In this video series he shares tips and tricks for navigating Chinese cuisine, travel, and culture.

Kai Ryssdal: There are a couple things you ought to know before you go to China.

First of all, forget everything you ever knew about Chinese food. What you get in the states bears little, or no resemblance to the actual article.

Ryssdal: Fresh actually.

Rob Schmitz: Straight from the tree.yeah.

Second, don't be afraid. Either about the food or how to order it. It's completely acceptable to point at what the people next to you are having and letting the waitress, because they are almost waitresses -- letting her know that's what you want.

Ryssdal: (Ordering food in Chinese)

Schmitz: (Ordering food in Chinese) In Chong chin you're going to get that.

Ryssdal: That is so good.

And live a little. Have chicken feet, or fish cheek, or cow stomach. And finally, don't shy away from street food. It can be a great snack after long day of touristing. Just make sure it's hot and you see them cook it in front of you.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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The video is not working. It keep stopping every 2 seconds. I have high speed cable internet.

Oh, the street food is the best. My wife and I spent 2 months in China few years ago. We don't speak any Chinese, and getting between cities was tricky unless we scratched out the character for the city we wanted to get to on a piece of paper before hand.

But the people were so nice and everyone wanted to show off the food they were eating.It was always a spectacle with the two of us parading around the restaurant as people were delighted to encourage us to order what they were having. Good fun and great food.

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