One thing that I have found perplexingly odd about the Chinese people who have grown up in China is that they simply can’t “get used to” any sort of western food. I know it’s not genetic or even exceedingly cultural since Chinese children born abroad easily assimilate into the native cuisine even when other aspects seem to remain rather traditional. However, take a trip through any major city in China and it seems that there just simply doesn’t exist any Italian or French or American restaurants or, if there is, it caters almost exculsively to foriegners. Chinese tourists aborad are similarly unadventerous, prefering to stick with the most “authentic” chinese food they can find, which seems markedly different from other tourists who seem intent on trying local fare.
What is it about Chinese food that makes the people growing up on it unable to appreciate the merits of other cuisines?