In China, a meal is a social event meant to be experienced with others. Food is shared in a communal setting. Dishes are served “family style” to ensure all guests get a taste of everything. The principles of Chinese cuisine are entrenched in a theory of harmony, dictating that all facets of the senses are stimulated equally. A balance of tastes, textures, fragrances and colors are presented in a way that enhance and accent the other. To ensure the most enjoyable experience, ordering is traditionally done by a single person, typically the host.