When westerners go out to eat they do it a little differently than Chinese. It's common for Chinese to have some fruit after a meal. Westerns, however, might have dessert. Dessert is usually a sweet snack that's eaten after the meal. Some common desserts are cake, ice-cream, cookies and pie. However, it would be absurd to think that westerners have dessert after every meal! Dessert is not seen as an essential part of the meal, but as something extra. Some parents will even use dessert as a reward for their kids. Many westerners will have dessert only occasionally or may generally not have dessert at all!