Who doesn't love a good theme? Since cuisine and ingredients from different cultures have become more accessible all over the world, themed dinner nights like Italian Night, Taco Night and (our favorite) Asian Night have also become more popular.
In October, we held a sweepstakes asking "How Do You Asian Night?," and a number of people responded that they like to include Asian decorations, music, entertainment and more with their Asian cuisine. Incorporating different aspects of a culture in these themed nights can help your children learn and explore new kinds of people, places, food and more. Plus, it's just plain fun!
One way to add enjoyment and education to your next Asian Night is by playing a trivia game based on fun facts from Asian culture. Below, we've rounded up ten fun facts that you may not know about Asian geography, food and culture. Use these to make a fun game to go with your delicious Asian meal.
10 Fun Facts for Asian Night
- There are two main styles of Chinese cooking, based on geography and ethnic diversity: Cantonese, which features stir-fried dishes, and Szechuan, which often uses peanuts, sesame paste and ginger and is known for its spiciness.
- Tea is the beverage of choice in many Asian cultures.
- Though it's almost 3,200 miles wide, China only has one time zone.
- Nearly 60% of the world's population lives in Asia!
- Nine out of the ten tallest buildings in the world are in Asia. The tallest is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at a dizzying 2,717 feet!
- Both the highest and lowest points on Earth are found in Asia: The Dead Sea, which is the lowest point found on land, and Mount Everest, the highest.
- More than 70% of Japan is made up of mountains, including over 200 volcanoes.
- Several of the world's major religions came out of Asia, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.
- Asia is the only continent that shares borders with two other continents: Africa and Europe. It sometimes joins with a third continent, North America, in the winter by ice forming in the Bering Sea.
- General Tso/Gau/Gao actually existed! His name in Chinese was Zuo Zongtang, and he was a military man during the Qing dynasty. It's not known when or why the popular chicken dish was named after him.
We hope you and your family enjoy these fun facts during your next Asian Night. Want to tell us how you enjoy Asian cuisine? Share your favorite things to eat and do on our Facebook page!
Information from this post was taken from http://www.livescience.com/28823-chinese-culture.html, https://www.udemy.com/blog/facts-about-asia/, http://www.ducksters.com/geography/asia.php
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