Fast Food in China

Fast food is all the rage in China.  A new Kentucky Fried Chicken opens every day. It’s a good day to be a corporate giant in China, a bad day to be a chicken.  (Haha…they’re probably imported, so maybe it’s a bad day to be a chicken in the U.S.)

What I thought was most unexpected about this video was the fact that people in China think fast food is healthy. Healthier than Chinese food?  KFC and Mickey D’s must be doing some serious hard marketing back in the motherland.

12 thoughts on “Fast Food in China

  1. Kind of ironic that Asian countries are getting all our fast food as we load up on their slow food… at least in California, where if you don’t eat sushi you’re just not cool.

  2. The Chickens are not imported from the U.S.

    Google, (or yahoo!, bing, or even ask) CP group and you will see what company provides a lot of the chickens. (company with Chinese-Thai ancestry)

  3. CP is Teocheo, TEOCHEO!! Dont ever call us “Thai/Chinese”


  4. Oh wow. I couldn’t find anything on how they provide chickens, but I guess it’s good that they’re eating locally…

  5. From:
    (article 12 years old but I am sure their operation has only increased)

    Not at all. Despite avid courting, Beijing has yet to give permission for any foreign company to set up a national retail network. The CP Group has as good a chance as anyone to snag a license. It may even have the inside track. Born in Thailand but educated in China (his father hails from Shantou in Guangdong
    province) and Hong Kong, Dhanin, 58, is said to be the largest single investor in
    the mainland, having spent nearly $2 billion since 1979. The Mandarin-speaking Thai is the only foreigner who has been allowed to own a Chinese finance company that funds agricultural ventures — and a stake in a Shanghai commercial bank. In all, his group has shares in more than 130 mainland enterprises. The biggest: chickens.

    The CP Group also has about 20% of China’s chicken market and 10% of the feedmill industry. In ventures with local partners, it operates in all but three of the country’s 30 provinces and regions.

    Most of the group’s chickens are sold to local consumers, but some are served in CP-owned Chester’s Grill and Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises in Beijing.

  6. Ah the fatting of China.

    I am sure they have their own chicken. Soon we will be importing frozen chicken from China, if we are not already.

  7. Lingyai,

    Haha…they mention Neil Bush before he got in trouble with the prostitutes. Ah…the pre-Bush years.

    Cool stuff. It’s pretty remarkable that some of the product comes from the area.

  8. i actually like the fact that the asia menu has a larger selection. chicken, beef and pork along with fish. there is even a rice dish in fast food? i think it was kfc, it was the first chain to hit.

  9. The cultural tastes of a recently emergent nouveau-riche is often tastelessly and terribly gauche. This is just a Chinese example of a universal rule.

    How else to explain China’s eager and mindless embrace of what we consider to be one the worst aspects of American capitalism, the fast-food chain?

    This is what happens when a people, for the most part still largely equipped with a peasant mentality, barely a generation removed from shit-hole poverty, suddenly finds itself flush with cash…

  10. I don’t remember when the last time we went to KFC in the US, my kids don’t want to go there at all. But when we were in China ,they always wanted to go to KFC, I like the food there too. The menu is different there, food tastes much better too. All the American fast food chain opened in China have to compete with local Chinese food, they have to adapt, so the food is quite different from what they served here.

  11. Part of KFC’s success in China has to do with its flexibility and willingness to tailor its menus to suit Chinese tastes. A lot of Chinese dislike the typical sides that we get here. Instead, they get stuff like sauteed vegetables, seasoned bamboo and mushrooms, different types of congee, pickled eggs, etc. Even the service is better, and the restaurants are nice and clean. I hear Taco Bell opened a couple large restaurants in Shanghai that featured a hundred items, everything from chow mein to curry to sirloin steak, complete with a variety of soups, salads, desserts. But I think they might be closed, now. Damn, I’m getting hungry typing this…

  12. People kept talking about how good the KFC was in Malaysia, saying they used different chickens or sauce or something. I had it…and to tell the truth, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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