British Cuisine

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Text Preview In the UK, people are judged according to their table manners. When you are somebody's guest you must obey certain rules. For instance, when you will be at the dinner party just wait till the time your host begins to eat. If offered second helping, take it because your hostess will not fall on her knees and will not try to convince you to help yourself. She will just disappear with the food. Never talk with food in your mouth; never mix food on your plate.

In Britain , people prefer to have their meals at their place of work or school or college. The reason for this practice is that in most cases, they have their place of work far from where they live. In many European countries it is normal to have a long break in the middle of the day when all members of the family return to their houses to eat together. This is not very common in Britain because normally it is a long way from the place of work or school to the home. Consequently the Britsh people tend to have a big breakfast before they go to work and the meal at midday is not spent with the members of the family but with workmates or schoolmates. Lunch is normally eaten between 12.30 pm and 1.30pm. Most people finish work at five thirty. It often takes at least an hour to get home from the school or workplace so people tend to eat their evening meal or "dinner" between 6.30pm and 8pm.

Both English and Vietnamese have 3 meals per day, but British food has traditionally been based on beef, lamb, pork, chicken and fish and generally served with potatoes and one other vegetable while people in Vietnam have rice, pork and vegetable as the main ingredients. The most common foods eaten in Britain include the sandwich, fish and chips, pies like the cornish pasty, trifle and roasts dinners, opposite to Pho, Bun cha, Xoi in Vietnam. For example, a typical English breakfast is more likely to be a bowl of cereals, a slice of toast, orange juice and a cup of coffee but in Vietnam, we usually eat Pho, Banh my, Xoi, instant noodles. Another difference is eating manner. table manners are more popular. English people eat with a knife, fork or spoon (with the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right one) while Vietnamese use chopstick. In the meal, the British usually use table napkin during the meal but paper handkerchief is used when Vietnamese people finishing the meal. In addition, before having meal, people in England normally pray for the God because of providing them with food, however, in Vietnam, everybody (especially young people) have to invite other members to have meal. Unlike VN, people in Br

Cooking and Eating
1. Americans do not spend much time in preparing food.

Vietnamese spend a lot of time in preparing food.

2. Grocery is bought once a week

Grocery is bought everyday

3.  Americans say "grace" before eating and everybody starts eating after that

Vietnamese children ask parents or elderly of the family to eat first, and they foll\ow

4. Americans use napkins and drink during meal
Vietnamese do not use napkins but wash their hands and their faces before and after every meal. They don't drink during eating, they drink afterward.

5. Americans use knife, spoons, fork and plates. They eat soup in a plate

Vietnamese use spoons, chopsticks and a bowl. They eat soup in a bowl

6. Americans have one big dinner per day

Vietnamese have two equally large meals per day (lunch and dinner)

7. The smell of prepared food is weak The smell of Vietnamese food is strong

8. American food is less spicy Vietnamese use more spices
9. Potato or bread is the main starch

Rice is the main starch 10. Meat is cooked in big pieces, they cut it during eating. Meat is cut into small pieces before cooking because they never use knife during meal

11. Food is put in individual plates or on the table. They tend to pass the whole...
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