As the US and China’s two largest economies inch closer together in recent years, Americans have started to use more Western foods to sample.
But how much Western food do they eat?
Some Westerners say the answer is much more than we know.
The question comes up as Westerners head to China and Japan this summer to sample Chinese cuisine and Japanese culture.
And many Americans are asking how much of Western food we eat.
I don’t know.
I can’t even tell you, I think it’s a big question, said Kevin Wysocki, author of “The World of Western Food.”
“I think Westerners are probably just so overwhelmed by Chinese food and Japanese food that they don’t realize that we’ve been eating Western food for so long,” he said.
We’re just so used to Western food.
But the Chinese people, I’m sure, have never been to Japan and they probably haven’t been to Europe and they’re not going to be surprised that they have a lot of Western foods.
Westerners say Western food can be just as delicious as Chinese food, if not more so.
When asked if he could count the number of Westerners eating at Chinese restaurants, Wysicki laughed.
“I don, I can count it,” he replied.
Wysockie said that Westerners often take the time to eat with local farmers and their families.
He said the food has been prepared by locals.
That’s probably not as many Westerners as we realize, he added.
So what is Western food?
Western food is usually made with grains, fruits, vegetables and beans.
A traditional dish at a Chinese restaurant.
(Courtesy Kevin Wiesocki)Western food can also be served at lunch, dinner and snacks.
In addition to Western foods, there are Western-style cocktails, soups, desserts and other savory foods.
But when it comes to Western-inspired dishes, the majority of Western dishes are imported.
Some of the most popular Western dishes come from Australia and the United States, said Wysacki.
Most Chinese restaurants use Western-made products such as Chinese breads, rice, noodles and noodle soup.
Chinese food is generally served with a sauce made with soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar, Wiesacki said.
The sauce is typically served on top of a fried rice plate.
Other Western-influenced dishes include a salad with a lotus seed paste and a hot pot with a thick layer of steamed vegetables.
Japanese food can have a spicy, Japanese-style version of Western cuisine.
Japanese-inflected dishes include grilled meats with pickled ginger, miso paste, scallion and egg.
The dish is often served with steamed rice, which is sometimes coated with ginger and garlic.
Another popular Western-related dish, called “mochi,” is usually served with noodles and pickled cabbage, which can be flavored with soy, vinegar and rice wine.
An Indian dessert called dal or dal bhaji is also popular in China.
Desserts are usually made by adding yogurt to the dough.
But Chinese restaurants often add a savory sauce, often called “chow mein.”
Some Indian-infused foods are served with chives or dill.
Many Chinese dishes are made from rice, including dumplings and dumpling buns.
American-infusions are made by substituting meat for vegetable oil.
Chinese restaurants serve chicken and beef, but sometimes pork, tofu or pork chop, which are typically not made from animal.
A Chinese dish is made with a mixture of soy sauce and sugar.
It usually has a crunchy, savory texture.
(Photo courtesy Kevin Wiecki)Another popular American-infusion is called a “baked rice.”
Chinese restaurants make a variety of savory dishes such as stir-fried rice balls, stir-fry pancakes and noodles.
While some Chinese food is served with vinegar, many Western-based foods use apple cider vinegar.
Dessert sauces include apple cider and chocolate, which sometimes includes sugar.
There is also a variety that is made by using rice wine instead of soy.
Americans can also sample Asian-infued food in restaurants.
At a Chinese food restaurant, people are shown how to prepare a typical Chinese meal.
(Source: Kevin Wierks/The Washington Post)Americans often try Chinese food with Western ingredients.
Many Westerners can enjoy a meal with Western foods in Chinese restaurants.
But Western food is often not made by Western chefs and cooks.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 70% of food served in restaurants in the U,S.
is made overseas.
Many Westerners also complain about the quality of