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Exotic tastes a pleasure in Chinese cuisine

China Daily | Updated: 2021-12-06 10:10
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A woman reads a KFC menu in Beijing on Oct 14 as KFC offers fried sauce noodles in the city. [Photo by Wang Yunfeng/For China Daily]

BEIJING-A platter of Beijing fried sauce noodles, served with fried chicken nuggets and french fries in Beijing's downtown area, raised eyebrows.

"It is an unexpected mix and match with Chinese food in a Western fast-food restaurant," said a man named Wang, who ordered the unique working lunch for roughly 35 yuan ($5.5) at a KFC outlet.

An elder Beijinger surnamed Qiao finds it easy to enjoy a family dinner with his wife and child who prefer Western food. "Most Western-style meals don't agree with me, but I enjoy delicious Beijing fried sauce noodles here," Qiao said.

The specialty has been added to the fast-food chains' menu in Beijing. "It is a hot seller," said Shi Jiajia, a local KFC employee.

Customers can now order chicken rolls, preserved egg and pork congee, soybean milk, deep-fried dough sticks and boiled skewers, which are typical Chinese food, at KFC outlets in China. The fusion of traditional Chinese and exotic tastes has been embraced by KFC as well as many other catering brands in China.

At the Beijing APM shopping mall, Tongrentang, a traditional Chinese medicine pharmacy with a history dating back over 350 years, opened a shop featuring herbal coffee in late September.

Coffee latte with goji berries or dried tangerine peels on top, or Americano with monk fruit-such creative combinations have attracted numerous youngsters.

"Young consumers in China are increasingly health-conscious nowadays and would like to have a taste of our special coffee," said the shop's manager. The coffee business has boosted sales of its medicinal materials and processed products.

Chinese per capita nominal consumer spending rose 15.8 percent year-on-year to 17,275 yuan in the first three quarters. After factoring in price levels, spending went up 15.1 percent year-on-year.

The country's ever-expanding consumption market will unleash huge demand and investment opportunities where Chinese and foreign brands can team up with each other, said Zhuang Rui, a professor at the University of International Business and Economics.

In July, China allowed Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Chongqing and Guangzhou, Guangdong province, to take the lead in building international consumption center cities.

Beijing is expected to become an international tourism destination featuring shopping, food and culture as well as digital consumption. Experts believe the convergence of Chinese and Western cuisine is an inexorable trend as the city builds itself into an international consumption hub.

"There is no doubt that the Chinese market has huge potential. Meanwhile, our household disposable income needs to be further raised and efforts should be made to cater to the demand for high-quality, diversified and personalized consumption," Zhuang said.


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