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Nov 25, 2009 07:47 PM

Chinese College Students

I am having 10-15 college students from China as dinner guests in a few days. I am pondering what to serve them and looking for suggestions? They have been here for a few days and have already had Italian and will have a Thanksgiving meal tomorrow.


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  1. Are you wanting to serve traditional Chinese or do something else?

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    1. re: Cherylptw

      It is my understanding that a host family tried serving traditional chinese food and it did not go over well. With this in mind, I would prefer to serve something that will give them an american experience. My concern is that what may appeal to them may be different from what typical U.S. college students would enjoy.

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      1. What could be more than American than a BBQ?

        1. I agree with the BBQ but then, I'm biased as I'm live in NC and that's what we do...but Fried chicken (with mashed potatoes n gravy, something green, biscuits & honey butter) and apple pie with a scoop of ice cream for dessert is also standard American

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          1. re: Cherylptw

            Kentucky Fried Chicken is the most popular western food in China...I think they surpass McDonalds.

            1. re: monku

              Yum Brands has something like 2,500 KFC's and Pizza Hut's compared to 900 McDonalds in China.

              1. re: monku

                What better way to show them that KFC is pretty pedestrian (to be generous) than to feed them truly outstanding fried chicken? I get your point, but look at it this way: Panda Express is pretty popular in the US for "Chinese" food! Look at the parallels you could draw: Panda Express = crappy Chinese just as KFC = crappy American.

                1. re: ricepad

                  Not sure- that fried chicken, mashed potatoes n gravy, something green idea sure sounds close to being something like a Thanksgiving dinner....just a smaller bird.

            2. I'm referring to making the chicken yourself, not from a chain....

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              1. re: Cherylptw

                I wasn't suggesting take out...they may think KFC is the best and anything else is meh.

                1. re: monku

                  ....Like the traditional Chinese food they were served by the host family.

                  1. re: monku

                    I wasn't implying you were saying they should have take out; I wanted to clarify that home cooked would be better....

                    1. re: Cherylptw

                      Sounded like that traditional Chinese food they were served was home cooked too.