The Chinese Tastes
Following the ancient traditions of Chinese culture the group will decide to order from the Chinese tastes, kǒuwèi口味.
Wŏ (I) xĭhuan (prefer) chī (eating) là 辣 (hot) yi diǎnr de (a little) – “I think I would like something a little hot and peppery, which could be meat or tofu, or even a vegetable"
Another wants something yóunì油腻, greasy and oily, but not really spicy.
Another person may like qīngdàn清淡, which is the opposite of yóunì油腻, not greasy or strongly flavored. Qīngdàn清淡 may in fact be something like 西兰花xīlánhuā, a stir-fried cauliflower. This could also be broccoli, because the Chinese often do not make a clear distinction between broccoli and cauliflower,
As with many other things here, people say these “tastes" go back 3,000 years, when the Chinese people already knew how to "deliciously" blend the five favors-pungent, sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. When it comes to food, the Chinese are not prepared to give up any part of their culture.