One part of the meal that isn't as much trouble is the dessert: Chinese dessert menus are short compared to their Western counterparts.
"Most Chinese like eating fruit after meals," says Liang. It's a healthy local custom to adopt. For those who can't pass up something sweet, a more traditional Chinese dessert option is nan gua bing, a cupcake-like treat made from corn flour and fruit. It's deep-fried, making it a decadent choice, but the cakes are small so one shouldn't hurt, says Liang. She suggests rubbing off any excess oil on a napkin before taking a bite.
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