Homeless at Beijing McDonald

McDondald breakfast
In recent years with Starbucks opening shops in China finding coffee in China has became lot easier. Since then, other coffee shops had follows which open everywhere. However, tea is still the preferred beverage here and coffee is more expensive here than in North America, a cup of coffee could cost $4, $5 or even more at some pricy coffee shops. (For that amount one can buys a good meal)
The China McDonald offers a lower price coffee compare to Starbucks for the one in need. The McCafé section is usually has no line up with eager staff to serve you
There are two McDonalds at the Wangfujing pedestrian mall; one is in a large shopping mall and the other one which is larger with two levels at a busy location and longer hours for business.
I went for the other one that morning. The breakfast combos are same as the ones in North American with a new twist: one can choose either Soya milk or coffee.
Even it was early in the morning but the place was busy with customers already.
After I got my meal, I went upstairs thinking it would be less crowed and allowed me the street view from above. However the intriguing view was inside and not far from where I was sitting: a number of young men were sleeping on benches; some completely lay down still wearing their shoes and some sitting up resting their heads on the table. They were cleanly dressed with new looking clothing some had a large backpack by their side.

homeless at McMonald

While eating I was also observing the other customers but no one seem to paying any attentions to them beside myself. One man, look to be in his early twenties slowly sit up from his bench, after rubbing his eyes then spit onto the floor in front of him.
A man nearby wearing government uniform didn’t pay attention to the man but keep reading from his phone. Meanwhile a group of young women had arrived and chatting with each other while putting on their makeup.
Finally, a uniform security came upstairs but instead of telling the sleeping men to leave, he merely looked around and went back downstairs without waking anyone.
Later, at other McDonald, I noticed men would also hangout there without ordering any food.

McChicken with rice


pinapple pie

Many western fast foods are common in China. Restaurants like KFC, Pizza Hut and McDonald are very where and also popular. However in order to be successful they needed to adopted some Chinese favors to their menus. For example, the Chinese Pizza Hut offers a seafood pizza with shrimps; the shrimps are pocketed in the dough which enables them tender and moist. It reminds me of eating the shrimp dumpling at dim sum.

Over at McDonald, the golden arch offers Asian milk tea as well as coffee, since the majority of Chinese are tea drinkers.

Lately, it also introduces some rice dishes, for breakfast there are the ham with rice warp, ham and egg with rice. Although I am not a fan of McDonald but I am rather like their pineapple pie. Recently it came out with a banana pie as well.

One night, when we were out at the Olympic sailing area we decided to have something to eat we stopped by the Golden Arches. I was brave enough to order the McChicken rice dinner. Even I didn’t have too much of expectations of it but it was still disappointing. The chicken with rice came in a small box with four slices of chicken, rice and some thin strips of carrot and cabbage.  I found it was too oily and salty for my taste even the rice was too dry. Likely be my first and last of the McChicken rice..

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