Pres­i­dent’s set meal

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

(zhux­i­tao­can) Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping was seen hav­ing a meal at a Qing Feng steamed bun restau­rant in Bei­jing’s Xicheng dis­trict on Satur­day. He paid for his food and chat­ted with other din­ers with­out any strict se­cu­rity around.

Af­ter his unan­nounced visit, the set meal he ate has been sell­ing, lit­er­ally, like hot cakes with peo­ple queu­ing up out­side Qing Feng out­lets to get a taste of the “pres­i­dent’s set meal”.

Xi or­dered a sim­ple lunch of pork-and onion­stuffed buns, green veg­eta­bles and stir-fried pig liver and in­tes­tine, which cost just 21 yuan ($3.46). Though the restau­rant didn’t put up the dishes on its of­fi­cial menu as a set meal, din­ers have been fall­ing over one another ask­ing for the “pres­i­dent’s combo meal”.

Wait­ers in the restau­rant said they had never seen such roar­ing busi­ness. The 500-square-me­ter out­let serv­ing tra­di­tional Bei­jing snacks had never seen a large crowd wait­ing to get a ta­ble. But af­ter Xi’s visit, cus­tomers are gladly wait­ing for half an hour or more to get a ta­ble. And af­ter din­ner, they are queu­ing up a sec­ond time to be pho­tographed at “Xi’s ta­ble”.

The man­ager of the eatery said the num­ber of cus­tomers dou­bled and the rev­enue in­creased by 50 per­cent a day af­ter Xi’s visit. Some peo­ple have even trav­eled from other prov­inces just to dine at the bun restau­rant, mak­ing it Bei­jing’s lat­est “hang­out”.

Af­ter as­sum­ing of­fice, Xi has ex­hib­ited his spar­tan side on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions, ush­er­ing in a peo­ple­first gust of wind. Ne­ti­zens have even given him a nick­name “Xi Dada”. “Dada” means “un­cle” in some Chi­nese di­alects and rep­re­sents the close­ness be­tween the ad­dresser and the ad­dressee. Xi’s im­promptu visit to the steam bun restau­rant has struck a chord with the gen­eral pub­lic. Hope­fully, more of­fi­cials will fol­low in Xi’s foot­steps to show that they also have the com­mon touch.

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