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It was in October of 2010 that I realized I should never make assumptions when dining in a foreign country!

World Half Marathon Championships, Nanning, 2010

In less than 4 days, the starting gun would fire on the streets of Nanning in South Eastern China to see which female would become the World Half Marathon Champion. Meanwhile, six nervous but excited Australians decided to eat a dinner meal outside of the hotel for a change of scenery and a new cultural experience… ‘Little Bo Peep’ was the place of choice. As I sunk my teeth into a surprisingly doughy pork dumpling, it suddenly occurred to us all that the chilly/garlicky complimentary ‘soup’ in the middle of the table was in fact a boiling broth to cook our food in. Fortunately the raw pork didn’t do any harm this time but a lesson in Chinese dining culture was certainly learnt.