SAO PAULO JOURNAL
tourists still come just to comfort their homesick stomach.
“There are so many Chinese football fans that eat in my restaurant these days. The travel agency needs to book the dinner at least one day earlier so I can have the time to prepare,” said Chen as she received a phone call from a local travel agency.
“Fine, there will be another group tomorrow,” she said.
The new group includes more than 50 football fans who came to Rio de Janeiro for the game between Chile and Spain in Maracana Stadium.
To take care of this crowd, Chen needs to go to the market more frequently to provide enough meals for her customers.
“Brazil has a very strict system to guarantee the safety of the food in the restaurants. I tend not to buy too many items at one time in case they will not be fresh enough,” said Chen. “But the increase in Chinese customers requires me to prepare
China Town, one of the largest Chinese restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, has experienced the World Cup heat with more Chinese tourists coming to satisfy their homesick stomachs during their game-watching visit to Brazil.