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I am an American living in the city of Hangzhou in the People’s Republic of China. I would like to share about fast food here, and why it should be mainly avoided. Fast food is of course a fairly new concept here, but it is the same old concepts like in the United States. For example:
KFC-KFC is the most popular fast food brand in China. People here LOVE KFC. There are many KFC’s in the city, and in all the major cities in China.
KFC China is a bit different than in the United States. A KFC in China does not have cole slaw, baked beans, buttermilk biscuits, or extra crispy chicken. In substitute, they have soup, and something called an egg custard which I find foul. They do sell "Twisters", two kinds.
What I like from KFC is that they do have mashed potatoes the same as the USA. This is my big draw to come here. I am not a coffee drinker, but my friend liked KFC (and McDonalds) because they had inexpensive coffee (about .40 USD) with free refills. KFC also recently introduced a fish sandwich, but a favorite of mine are their fishsticks.
KFC also serves limited breakfast items like egg/ham sandwiches and hash browns. Nothing spectacular, but something to grab on my way to school.KFC is really the only western fast food place that I go to.
McDonalds in China really should be more or less avoided, especially at breakfast time which is my favorite time to eat at a McDonalds.They do not have the Egg McMuffin, or anything McMuffin for that matter, in place they have egg/ham sanwiches on the same bread as the little single hamburgers. Recently they have been selling pancakes and sausage like back home, but I have never had it.
McDonalds is not near as popular in China as KFC, and they sell a lot more chicken and less beef than the USA. The only beef burgers that they do have are the Big Macs and the little single and double cheeseburgers. They also have their fish sandwich, which I sometimes enjoy.
McDonalds does a lot of business with soft serve ice cream with strawberry or choclate topping. They also have fried pies, but with weird flavors, the worse being the green pea fried pie. The best one to get would be the pineapple pie. No apple pie.
The ones in my Chinese city have recently started opening all their outlets 24 hours a day. One morning about 5:30 (I was taking a bus to Shanghai and wanted something to go, and there was NOTHING else available at that hour) I went to a McDonalds and wanted breakfast and was told by the manager girl that I had to wait until 6 for breakfast, but I could order from the dinner menu. (in short, she would make a Big Mac and french fries, but not an egg sandwich and hashbrowns) This made no sense to me whatsoever since the store was totally deserted, and they would have to make anything I ordered from scratch. Needless to say, I left in a huff and I have been seldom back.
Bad pizza has come to China in a big way. If Chairman Mao was alive, the people who owned the following two companies would be arrested, tortured and sent to a re-education camp for attempting to poison the people…………
Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut is in all the major cities. In China, Pizza Hut is thought of as high dining, and (Chinese) people will stand outside and wait for their food. Needless to say, Pizza Hut is bad. I personally call their pizza "the gut bomb". Heavy with butter, some bland tasting cheese, a meal that goes straight to the stomach and the intestines.
A comical thing to see in Pizza Hut is the salad bar. The salad bar at Pizza Hut China is the same as the one anywhere. The rule is that the customer can only go to the salad bar once, so what most people do is to create this mountain of vegetables on their plate, and then share it with the other people at their table (which Pizza
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