Ever wondered what stuffed delights are awaiting you in China’s most popular street side snack, baozi? 55-year-old Li Cuiping, from Hubei, has got you sorted.
Li has recently gained fame for including the details of her baozi ingredients in five different languages which are displayed on her steamers.
Li sells ten different types of baozi, the ingredients of which are written in Chinese, English, Korean, Japanese and Russian. Li said she decided to embark on her language studies in order to accommodate the flux of foreign students who come to her stand but have difficulties communicating.
Reportedly, Li struggled most with the Russian translation, and had to get a Russian-speaking friend of her daughter to come and help. After her successful decision to “internationalize” her baozi stand, Li has already been quick to make assumptions about types of baozi people from different countries enjoy. “Koreans love pork, Japanese like beef baozi, New Zealanders enjoy courgette…and Russians will eat anything.”
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It's good to see small businesses understanding the need to expand to non-chinese. You don't need expensive commercials, just simple changes can help. I often bought baozi from a local seller in Zhejiang. She learned that my speech was poor and kept her words simple. While other sellers used slang, complex phrases, or just ignored me all together. So that woman earned my respect for good customer service. I think I spent about 20-30 rmb a week there. It only helps to show a little courtesy to your customers.
Jul 13, 2013 05:25 Report Abuse