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Top 11 viewpoints that irritates vegetarian in China

Popularity 8Viewed 8179 times 2017-1-18 16:03 |Personal category:Food|System category:Life| vegetarian, China

It is common to have vegetables in China but vegetarian knowledge is uncommon in China. I've visited some places of China due to business trips & other travels. Wherever I go, I found almost dumb restaurant owners about vegetarian cuisines. I wandered some so-called pure religious restaurants but unfortunately encountered totally ignoramus sellers. There are different views of point about vegetarian in the world but you find totally zero knowledge in China. Not only restaurant masters but the common people also don’t feel sorry about their poor knowledge of vegetarians. Let me tell some 11 situations that irritate vegetarians in China.


1- Once I was having lunch with my Chinese colleagues. There was single round dining table but I was hesitating to start my meal. One of my colleagues suggested me to take only vegetables separating from meat items.


2- Once I went to the Muslim hotel (Qinghai) assuming vegetarian soup but there were small pieces of meats inside the soup.


3- Once I was in Xi'an, Shopkeeper served me a bowl of noodles. He denied my blame and said - its vegetarian noodles, only few pieces of meat, no problem!


4-   Once I saw some meat pieces in my food. I requested bring new one. They took my items and threw away the meat and served me the same.


5- Once I had been joining a wedding party. A cordial lady in our table was serving others too who are nearby of her seat. While I rejected, she took vegetables and suddenly put on my plate. She might be serving vegetables but her chopsticks were already covered with gravy.


6- Second time, I had joined another marriage party. Many happy people were delighting with various food items, I found nothing for me. A man suggested me to eat meat covertly, nobody can see/notice at. I said, I may deceit them but how can I cheat my soul?


7- Once, while I requested not to give me any meat items, servant prepared a fish item because many people don’t think that fish is a kind of meat. Because its not called meat. Or some suppose fish is the fruit of sea. Nowadays I use to say, NO lives (不是生命, so that it covers all kind of beings’ body. That’s because definitions have verities.


8-     Chinese are obsessed of eating many insects, aquatic animals and amphibious. None of them believe that creatures’ body is made by meat. Only the big animals’ bodies are depicted as meat.


9- If you say, I am vegetarian. Some Chinese may ask, don’t you eat Yangrou(goat) too? Or even beef too?


10- Once I had found a vegetarian and religious Chinese friend. I was thinking he might help such a hapless vegetarian in Chinese land. On the contrary he use to eat meat very few or rarely.


11- Some Chinese suggested me to eat those vegetables which were cooked together and served by the same utensils. Cooking together is one thing, eating by separating is other??



Finally, what's wrong if I eat meat? I have tried it but couldn’t swallow and felt vomiting and dizzy. I have great respect to all creatures. I may change myself is the disasters overcome or if the miracles happen in my life. Its already 5 years I have lived in China. I feel more and more confidant while not having meat. I am conquering. 我胜利了. Please, don’t force me to eat any meat. Can you have your meal while sitting in the toilet? What if a bowl of vomit is near to your table? Or there is garbage side by? I wish, spontaneously if I could change myself that will be great to accompany with you. Till then, please help me to remain vegetarian.   

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Reply Report SEARU 2017-1-18 19:44
Here I want to suggest you that you should jion the army and you will have to get into the deep dry forest for military training without normal food for a few days, where you will have to catch some worms or wild animals for meal to survive!  Then rethink of your this article that story would be more vivid than the above!   
Reply Report Kevinfly 2017-1-19 09:55
You are right. Most Chinese do not know what is vegetarian. I did not find any real vegetarian in my life, maybe that is why we know nothing about it. No one is wrong, it is just two different kind of food habits.
Reply Report 财神 2017-1-19 10:02
SEARU: Here I want to suggest you that you should jion the army and you will have to get into the deep dry forest for military training without normal food f ...
You said a kind of hypothetical situation. people can do anything if the life requires to survive. may you have read the News story that people are having grass, even mud and so so.... but if your heart doesn't accept, then nothing can be consumed. vegetable is available everywhere and can be developed now.
Reply Report 财神 2017-1-19 10:04
Kevinfly: You are right. Most Chinese do not know what is vegetarian. I did not find any real vegetarian in my life, maybe that is why we know nothing about it. ...
Thats really
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Reply Report voice_cd 2017-1-22 08:46
thanks for sharing your story here, we would like to highlight it on the homepage.
Reply Report mauriciomunhoz 2017-3-7 12:07
Anyway the chinese food is very delicious
Reply Report animalfarmer 2017-4-5 20:26
Sir, all you need to do here is to adapt and be MA HU
Reply Report Dukelong 2017-11-30 23:32
Vegetarian is a life  attitude on food ,which is always  respected no matter  in any occasion . Your vegetables knowledges have made many chinese people  begin  to know  vegetables ,simultaneously this gradually  have a process step by step .

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  • Misdeed may lead 2019-3-28 23:00

    Well said thanks and best wishes for your future

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