It’s a Friday night, we’ve been in China for just over two weeks, and feels like I haven’t had any cheese for least three weeks. The group had a successful week of describing and measuring eggs, putting the count well over 250. Time for some victory Pizza Hut. However, just as Chinese food in America isn’t really Chinese food, American food in China has a distinctive unfamiliarity to it. We were told that Pizza Hut, for whatever reason, was considered a fancy eating establishment and we were not lied to.
A good sign that we had stepped into a higher end restaurant was our English speaking waiter. Another was that most are nestled between Cartier and Louis Vuitton. Despite the fact that most of the patrons appeared to be on dates and the menu boasted an impressive dessert menu, the prices were still only about ten to fifteen US dollars for a single pizza. Chinese cuisine can include a lot of ingredients, but cheese is not one of them and so we enjoyed a variety of mozzarella-laden pies. What else does one do after enjoying a fine cheese pizza with a fork and knife? Go to the movies of course. Luckily Prince of Persia was not dubbed over in Chinese so the group enjoyed (and understood) a good action adventure flick. It’s always interesting to observe Chinese perspectives of American culture especially when it involves a night of pizza and the movies.
Tomorrow: Xixi National Wetland Park.