How many is that for?
The American portion size is a topic we discussed quite passionately in our first few days. I could never get over the amount of food that would arrive on a plate that was meant to be a starter. I ordered bruschetta in one restaurant, picturing my humble Prezzo starter, covered in tomatoes and olive oil. What arrived at this restaurant were the godparents of the Prezzo bruschetta, complete with some seafood they gathered on their journey. It was immense! I had to ask the server if it was indeed a starter or main meal. The main meal was in its own stratosphere and in the end it was takeaways all round.
I soon learned to order one dish for myself and the kids to share at lunchtimes. There was no point in ordering any other way. The Chinese restaurants pack food like they are angry at you and don't want to hear from you for another 2 days. If you eat it all, you will be in a coma for 24-48hrs. We've also learnt not to order starters too excitedly. A bread basket comes soon after you order anyway. If you should eat all the bread, and your starter, forget the main. We now share one starter, which is normally enough to feed a family anyway, and take it easy on the bread.
One of our dear friends already prophesied that we'd be rolling down the hill when we come back to the UK! Here's hoping the portion sizes continue to shock us!!
In other news I think my clothes have been shrinking in the wash.