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Vancouver Hospital: Chinese Food To Be Served At Saint Joseph's (TWEETS)

10/10/2013 10:24 EDT | Updated 10/11/2013 04:02 EDT
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In this Jan. 9, 2012 photo, dragon beans is shown in Concord, N.H. Eating long beans to symbolize a long life is a hallmark of Chinese New Year. These beans can be found in well-stocked grocers and most Asian markets. They often go by other names, including asparagus beans, yard-long beans and snake beans. But whatever you call them, they basically look like really long green beans. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Bok choy and barbequed pork may not sound like hospital food, but for one Vancouver institution, that's the case.

Saint Joseph's Hospital in East Vancouver is launching a new meal plan, and it's focusing on Chinese food.

According to Global News, 95 per cent of the hospital's long-term patients are Chinese, so staff has been working with Sodexo food services to create a meal plan that accommodates this majority.

That means sweet and sour pork, fried rice, and shrimp, according to Vancitybuzz.

However, not everyone is sure the new menu will mean tastier food. Twitter user Paul Czene tweeted that "There's food and then there's hospital food. Imagine bland, soggy and limp Chinese food as only a hospital can do it."

And @wisemonkeysblog started to envision the menu change, asking: "Red bean soup instead of Jello?"

But according to Global News, the hospital will still offer its original menu, and all patients—not just those in long-term care—have the choice of which one they'd like to eat from.

As Vancitybuzz reports, all dishes will meet Canadian health guidelines, and as an added bounus, the new program will not cost the hospital any additional money.

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