Shang­hai loves its fried chicken

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHOU WENTING and WEN WENYI in Shang­hai

A re­port by a lo­cal ma­jor food de­liv­ery ser­vice has found that pre­ferred or­ders dif­fer across the na­tion’s re­gions.

Ac­cord­ing to de­liv­ery ser­vice Meituan-Dian­ping, peo­ple in Shang­hai and neigh­bor­ing Zhe­jiang and Jiangsu prov­inces like to or­der fried chicken the most.

This is very dif­fer­ent from Guang­dong prov­ince in the south and Bei­jing in the north, where lo­cal spe­cialty dim sum and Bei­jing dishes topped the rank­ings.

Some res­i­dents at­trib­uted the find­ings to the Shang­hainese love for fried food.

Zhou Wen­shu, who works with a multi­na­tional cor­pora- tion and has to work over­time a lot, or­ders fried chicken from food de­liv­ery apps of­ten as an en­ergy recharge.

“It’s just so crispy and ten­der. Just in­dulge in the won­der­ful mouth­feel and for­get calo­ries,” said the 29-year-old.

Jiang Jian, a 32-year-old IT en­gi­neer in Shang­hai, said, “Per­haps it’s also be­cause of the strong in­flu­ence of West­ern fast food and South Korean soap op­eras.”

A food de­liv­ery worker with el­eme.com in the Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict in Shang­hai said he gets off work at 10 pm ev­ery day, and usu­ally those work­ing over­time or­der pizza and fried chicken after 8 pm.

“I think it’s related to the heavy work­load in Shang­hai. Fried chicken is quicker and eas­ier to eat com­pared to, say, noo­dles and won­tons,” said the worker, who only gave his sur­name Song.

The re­port also found that the three north­east­ern prov­inces — Liaon­ing, Jilin and Hei­longjiang — were the top three for break­fast or­ders.

In­ter­net users kid­ded that the res­i­dents are pass­ing on the pain of get­ting up in the freez­ing morn­ing to the de­liv­ery driv­ers.

When it comes to late night snacks, nine out of the top 10 cities are in Fu­jian and Guang­dong prov­inces, which is con­sis­tent with the eat­ing habits of peo­ple in those re­gions, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Con­tact the writ­ers at zhouwent­ing@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

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