Thursday, April 9, 2009

Xiao chi: yet another Chinese secret revealed (小吃)

onsidering the amounts of food the Chinese consume daily, it is amazing how they never get fat. The secret may be down to the fact that in China you graze on small pieces every day instead of stuffing your face full 2 or 3 times a day.

In China as well as throughout Pacific Asia there is a culture of xiao chi (小吃), street food that you can buy at any time of the day.

In London's Chinatown you may be pressed to find a decent restaurant (most of them churn out shameless muck) but the xiao chi is as good as in China. This vegetarian baozi tided me over until dinner. It is steamed and full of veggies: mostly pak choy. Try to grab these babies instead if burgers and chips for lunch, cycle around everywhere and you'll be as slim as Chinese!

By the way, Americans spend 100 times as much money per capita on healthcare than the Chinese but their average lifespan is about the same.

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