May I introduce a new guest blogger, Russ. This marks his “writing anything, ever” debut. He’s a systems engineer and he’s currently working abroad in China. His crepes are soooooo good he puts me to shame, I’m hoping he’ll do a guest post for those one day. Oh, and I’m married to him 🙂
When in need of some fast food when I first arrived in China from Vancouver, I stumbled upon a KungFu restaurant at the ShangHai Pudong Airport. Intrigued, I thought I would try it out, as an alternative to vastly more accessible and familiar KFCs. If you have ever been in a lineup at fast food restaurant in China, you will know it’s not really a line up. When one person has finished ordering everyone else tries to be the next person to order, and it can be a little overwhelming if you find yourself at the front of the line and you have not really decided what to order. You are not allowed to take up space at the front of the line if you are not ready to order. Orderly line-ups just take too much time… I found myself hastily pointing at a picture of a meal and ordering a beef rice bowl combo.
The beef and onion steamed rice bowl was decidedly satisfying. It was served with a side of boiled lettuce salad dressed with slightly salty and vinegary dressing. I had never had boiled lettuce before, but surprisingly, it was very tasty, and I definitely could have used a larger portion. A cool lemon iced-tea drink was a good choice when the outside temperature was more than 35 degrees …. and to top it all off, a nice view of Bruce Lee… Going head-to-head with Colonel Sanders of KFC right next door. While you can find KFCs in China like Starbucks in Vancouver, a rice bowl is nice change from chicken burgers and fries when you need something quick. And I do mean quick. My order was filled before I had even thought I finished deciding what I wanted. In fact I did change my mind once, and they quickly swapped what was on the tray in front of me. The decor is like that of most fast food places, but with a nice inspiring Bruce Lee keeping watch. So if you ever find yourself passing through the Shanghai Pudong international airport, take a short stroll to this restaurant section near the Maglev train station. You’ll find 2 KFCs, and of course KungFu. You won’t be disappointed. (pictures attached)