China: Share and share alike

Instead of ordering individual main dishes, it’s usual for those around a table—whether 2 or 12 people—to get several. Four people eating together, for example, might order a whole or half chicken, another type of meat, a fish dish, a vegetable, and fried noodles—all of which would be placed on the table’s lazy Susan so everyone can reach. Portions and prices may be altered according to the number of diners.