Chinese eating out is extremely different from Australian, though not unpleasant, and the food truly (and usually) is very good.
Your language-speaking guide (ours was my brother-in-law usually, and at times my sister) orders the food. Several plates of different kinds. Perhaps a dish of sweet and sour pork, a platter of fried eggplant, a plate of fried pumpkin-vines, and a large bowl of rice (or small individual bowls,) some stir-fried meat, and maybe some tofu in a sauce….The more you buy (and leave behind after the meal), the more you show that you enjoy the meal.
Each person unwraps their individually packaged chopsticks and stabs the plastic wrapping on their pile of dishes. (If it’s not wrapped in plastic, it’s probably not sterile.) Next, they use chopsticks to dish out a helping from each platter, and sorry-everybody-else-if-you-have-a-cold, because the personal plates are only little, and you keep refilling from the platters, with the chopsticks you’ve already sucked. Lovely!
Most Chinese food is delicious, but there’s a few interesting ones…fried pumpkin vines…tofu made in an interesting way…beer fish (a kind of soup)…duck soup…. On the good type of foods…sweet and sour pork…candied sweet potato…fried noodles…steamed buns….
So eating out in China is definitely is an experience!