- The Plate
Eating China: Fast Food Surprises and Market Chaos
You never know what you might find to eat at a Shanghai seafood market before the sun rises.
We’ve been subsisting a lot on hotel breakfast buffets, which the business joints we’ve been staying in offer routinely. (And do fairly well with, I might add. They’ve not yet resorted to the waffle-batter foil cups and cereal dispensers common in U.S. business motels.) But recently, for logistical reasons, we took an overnight train—which meant no breakfast on offer. And that meant our first stop was KFC for iced lattes—a treat the chain introduced in China just last year—and then to a popular Taiwanese fast food chain for a taste of domestic fast food.
We got a bowl of warm, fresh soy milk; two baozi, one with pork filling, the other with sweet red bean; salty pickled vegetables to go