This fruit drink with ice cost us 12 yuan, or 24 for a drink apiece. For that we got a place to sit down and rest after walking around sightseeing. But earlier that day we bought a breakfast sandwich from a street vendor. Each sandwich was so filling we skipped lunch. it included egg, spam, bacon, shredded potato and hot sauce. Breakfast cost us 4.5 yuan per sandwich, or 9 yuan total. Street food is also why buying groceries and cooking meals at home in the toy kitchen provided by the evil landlord does not yield a big economic dividend. Some food court meals are pretty reasonable too, running from 12 to 30 yuan per dish. Our local mall has a KFC but also a plethora of Chinese fast food places.
Anyway, we were at the food court a few days ago, enjoying some delicious chicken with noodles and broth that we had successfully pointed at, and we were sitting under a television screen which was broadcasting an old Jet Li movie to the patrons. We could tell it was set in the past, because Jet Li was pulling a rickshaw. He was taking a pregnant and very vocal lady to the hospital.
That reminds me, I do want to put together an assemblage of clips of how Hollywood has portrayed Asians over the years (Chinese house boy, femme fatale) because of course it goes both ways.
Coincidentally, I saw this poignant Life magazine story later the same day about Korean war orphans and the soldiers who helped them. That felt better.