It is always a challenge to get a child try new food, and for kids who haven’t tried Chinese food it could be the ultimate unique experience. The selection of food at a Chinese restaurant could be considerably different than what they are used to having at home or other places.
- Let this be a joyful learning experience
If your child has entered a restaurant and seems unfamiliar with the surrounding, you can always use their curiosity to engage with them and educate them on the new atmosphere. The first thing that may catch their interest would be the chopsticks, they would be completely unaware of this new eating utensil. If they inquire about it, explain to them in detail what they are and how to use them. To make it more exciting for the kids place a rubber band at the end of the chopsticks, this will make them very easy to use.
The Fortune cookies are yet another exciting part of a Chinese restaurant that would entertain the children. Make it interesting by telling them what a fortune cookie is and build their enthusiasm by adding a mystery aspect to it. You can play a game where your children could guess what the fortune cookie may hold.
- Order food that is easy to eat
Although there are spicy dishes on the menu, be sure to order something that is kid friendly. Noodles and dumplings may be a good start, if they are spicey you can ask the server to reduce the spice. These dishes are fun, and since children are already familiar with noodles they may enjoy it, although the taste will be quite different. It could be a great way to introduce them to foreign flavors.
- Teach your kids Chinese dining etiquettes
Learning the traditions of other cultures could be a great learning experience. Byteaching your children the proper dining etiquettes of a Chinese restaurant, they get to learn to respect different cultures.
Some points to remember are:
- Only use chopsticks to eat food
- Don’t play with the chopsticks
- Once you are done eating place your chopsticks flat on a bowl or plate, do not stick them in food.
Once you and your children have frequent visits to various Chinese places, they will get accustomed to the food, flavors and etiquettes as well. Let your child’s first trip to a Chinese restaurant be MamaLan, it is in Brixton Village, Clapham Common and Canary Wharf. Their menu is precise, and the dishes are delicious and your kids will absolutely love it.