Since ancient times, Chinese people have had a saying: “Food is the stall of life. which indicates that food and drink play an extremely important role in people's life China's food culture is rich and diverse. Restaurants with different flavors from all over the world can be seen everywhere in cities, but most Chinese are more attached to their traditional food.
Chinese breakfast is relatively simple, and is generally comprised of a glass of soybean milk, a cup of tea or a bowl of congee (Chinese porridge), together with youtiao (deep-fried dough stick), eggs, mantou (steamed bun) or baozi (steamed stuffed bun). Breakfast for some people is a bowl of noodles or a bowl of wonton (similar to dumpling). Perhaps Cantonese breakfast is the most sophisticated, often with dozens of kinds of dim sum (small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on small plates) available. In some cities, Western breakfast is becoming popular, but itis generally simple, usually including milk, coffee, bread, hamburgers and so on.
Lunch is generally simple, too, usually comprised of rice, noodles or mantou (steamed bun), together with a bowl of soup, a vegetable dish and a meat dish. Usually, in big cities people at work or at school don't go home for lunch. Most big businesses. government departments, and schools have their own canteens, where meals are served at a convenient time and location. If there is no such canteen, people can go toa fast food restaurant nearby or get boxed meals to eat at their work place. Nowadays, more people, especially young people, order take-outs on the Internet. People who live in towns or in the countryside with a slower pace of life usually have lunch at home.
Chinese people usually have dinner at home and it is often a fancy one, because the whole family can eat together and it has a family atmosphere. In addition, people usually choose dinner time to meet friends as they can stay longer.