Feed them regular American food, Roadfood, even. You’re likely not prepared to fix real Chinese food, like they’re used to and they may well be looking forward to sampling American fare. Most exchange students, even teens, are eager to sample what their host countries have to offer. You could also ask them when they get there, if there are any American treats they might be longing to try. Shoot, introduce them to BBQ or MD seafood. I bet they’d love either.
I wouldn’t worry about them going hungry. I would bet these teens will have a lot of respect for our culture and will want to try our foods. I wouldn’t try my had at Chinese food, that just may have them looking at it and wondering what the heck it is. I think the seafood thats different than they could get in China would be great. Blue crab and soft shell crab may also work also fresh fish. Make sure you have chopsticks on hand……Good luck………..P.S. take them to Chubby’s, that should be a cultural shock.
Some sage advice above – especially the part about taking them to Chubby’s!
My 2 cents:
1) Simply ask them what they are ‘looking forward to’. Chances are this will include pizza, burgers, fries, ice cream, and fried chicken.
2) Locate your nearest Asian groceries and invite them to cook some things they like. You’re going to learn as much from them as they will from you.
3) Take them to a food court like the one at the Inner Harbor and let them forage.
4) They will probably be a bit surprised at the sheer number of Chinese restaurants and that they are literally everywhere. Do a little research and identify a few that offer ‘real’ Chinese dishes off ‘special menu’s, just in case a little homesickness occurs. And I’m sure that they will be both amused by and like some of the Americanized offerings.
5) And for goodness sake, treat them to G&M!
Bottom line, like pnwchef, I wouldn’t worry about teen aged girls from anywhere going hungry.[;)]