When you go teach in China, you must be super curious about the food at your host school. Canteens at Chinese universities or public schools are similar.
Breakfast is usually served from 6 to 9 am. Steamed bun, porridge, pancake, fried bread stick, boiled eggs are the most common food for breakfast.
Lunch begins normally at 11:30 am. There are over 15 or 20 different dishes to choose. Meat dishes usually include pork, chicken, fish, etc. Vegetable depends on the seasons. Dinner usually starts at 5:00 pm and ends before 7:00 pm.
From our experience, some foreign teachers like the canteen food but some don’t. In general, canteen food is more oily, which applies to most food seen elsewhere, than western dishes. However, with such a variety of dishes to choose from, you can always find some food that you like at the school canteen.
At Chinese universities, you can always find 4, 5 or even more canteens at a campus. The food served at different canteens are different. You can also find Halal canteen, specialty canteen where you may find Ma-la-tang (Vegetables and Meat in spicy boiled boil), fried noodle, cold rice noodle, etc.