There are many different eating cultures in the world. Each country has
its own history and culture which is the reason there are many special eating
habits. It helps people realize where are they come from and influences their
own lifestyle. I lived in China for twenty-five years and loved the Chinese
food very much. As it has a long history, the eating habits in China have
special styles, and they are famous around the world. Even though there are
many Chinese restaurants in Chicago, they also mixed with the local culture
and the tastes are different compared to China. The unfamiliar style makes
me have a particular nostalgia for the eating culture of China.
When I was in China, the food market was near my house, and the
ingredients in the market were fresh. Most of the vegetable and meat, they
were selling just in one day. If they left in the second day, the sellers always
sold them at a lower price. That was the reason that I went to the market
everyday to buy some fresh food for my family’s dinner. However, it
changed when I arrived in the United States. My first place in Chicago was
far from the market, so I couldn’t go to the market everyday because it would
waste a lot of time on shopping. In addition, the most of the food was stored
in the refrigerator. People consider that keeping the meat frozen is safer than
into the air and putting the vegetable in low temperature can retain its
freshness. This new approach to storing and selling food made me feel that
the food was not as fresh as I had eaten in China, even I just bought them
from the market.
When I lived in China, I loved eating soup because soup always followed
the seasons. In the summer, my family would cook vegetable soup because
they can provide me much vitamin C to make us feel healthier. In the winter,
my family liked to put some medicinal ingredients and meat to cook the
soup. It would let me feel warmer and provided me more energy. In the
United States, I have tasted the soup in the restaurant, but it was dense and
sweet. It made me feel very strange and didn’t want to eat it at dinner.
It tasted more like the dessert than soup. In addition, another reason that I
like Chinese soup is because it can help me relax and remember my mother.
Since I have immigrated to Chicago, I liked to eat a cup of soup. At this
moment, I always remember how my mother was always busy working on
the chicken and how she taught me to cook the soup.
Finally, the happy family time is reason that I miss my the Chinese
eating culture. In China, I was busy working on the daytime. When I sat
together with my family around the table, I would feel relaxed and always
shared some interesting information with our family, it was the time that I
communicated with my family. When I arrived in the United States, my
family and I didn’t eat together everyday. Their working times were
different. Sometimes, they had to work until 11 o’clock at night, so I
needed to eat the dinner just by myself. It always made me feeling lonely.
I have been living in Chicago for one year, and I am still nostalgic for
the eating culture of China. I have considered that time will change it, but it
hasn’t yet. Now, the Chinese eating culture has a deep place in my heart
because it is not only the culture that I miss, but it is also represent how I
miss my parents and my countryside. Even though I have to adapt the native
culture in Chicago, I still try my best to keep our own eating culture with