The Growth of Fast Food in China
In present-day China, we can find two types of fast food: western and Chinese. However, not until the recent decade has western fast food become popular in China. Before the first hamburger walked its way into the Chinese food market, we had little idea about such terms as hot dog, pizza, potato chips, let alone Kentucky and McDonald's. It is the reform and opening-up policy that has brought about the interflow of the food culture between China and the western countries.
Fast food, both Chinese and western, has several advantages. In the first place, fast food, as is characterized by its name, is fast. The food is always ready and fresh, waiting for its customers. This saves people's precious time, and consequently goes well with the tempo of life in modern society.
Secondly, it is very convenient. As we know, fast food restaurants are much the same as cafeterias. Customers may feel free to help themselves to any variety provided and eat to their hearts' content.
Thirdly, fast food restaurants are environmentally comfortable. Clean dishes, shiny tables, decent service and light music all stimulate people's appetite to eat more.
The above-mentioned advantages make fast food become rooted in almost all parts of the country and enjoy popularity among people. That's also why nowadays Singapore fast food, Turkish fast food and Indian-Pakistani fast food have found their homes in China.
As every coin has two sides, fast food also has its disadvantages such as lack of nutrition, dull taste. Nevertheless, these are minor points compared with its advantages. Since most people agree with fast food, it tends to grow more rapidly.
opening-up policy 改革开放政策
interflow n. 交流
be characterized by 表现……的特点
go well with the tempo of life 适应生活节奏
cafeteria n. 自助餐厅
to one's heart's content 尽情地
appetite n. 胃口
the above-mentioned 以上；上述的
become rooted in 扎根于
find homes in 安家落户
as every coin has two sides 凡事都有两面
minor points 次要问题
agree with 喜欢, 适合于