Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tomato and egg set to become next 'Xi Jinping food craze'

Internet users in China joked that stir-fried tomato and scrambled eggs, a common dish in the country, may be the next food fad if a photograph of President Xi Jinping eating the dish with soldiers stationed on the border of Inner Mongolia is posted, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.

Last December, photos of Xi paying and eating at Qingfeng Steamed Buns in Beijing, a modest dining establishment, went viral on the internet and turned the shop into a tourist attraction. The humble meal of dumpling and vegetables has since been ordered by thousands of people clamoring for the "Presidential Combo."

The PLA Daily, the official newspaper of China's armed forces, on Monday published photos of Xi visiting soldiers stationed in Arxan in northeastern Inner Mongolia, where he had chatted with soldiers and served himself at the troop's mess in January. It was only a matter of time before reports from Chinese media outlets hit the web with titles such as Military Publishes Chairman Xi Visiting Soldiers and Eating Stir-Fried Tomatoes and Eggs, and Steamed Buns are the Past: Xi Jinping Makes Stir-Fried Tomatoes and Eggs the Next Big Thing.

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