Those who have passed by Jing’an Temple this week have doubtlessly noticed the mighty Whopper swaying in the breeze, ready to fatten up a populace already hip to the featherless chickens of KFC and bottomless troughs of McDonald’s fries. The closed-to the-public opening ceremony of China’s first Burger King was a sight to behold on Monday — slick industry fat cats (many of them quite large) mingled in the shiny new space, cutting ribbons and espousing the virtues of that fantastic flame-broiled taste. (The media was there, too.)
Their concession to locals? A spicy Sichuan mala burger that tastes like a mean trick your friends pulled on you while using the dirty toilet in the BK back home.
With a free “I choose, my taste” visor and a BK wristband to wipe our sweat-stained brows, Shanghaiist dug into the first Whoppers ever flipped in the Chinese mainland. After cleaning off a mayonnaise stained viewfinder we snapped some photos, and a glorious revolution in choose-your-own fast food had begun. Now if we could just get that waiting-in-line thing down …
Did you know there are 1,024 ways to make a Whopper?
(More photos here.)
Burger King opened to the public today. Did you go? Leave your thoughts below.
Also on Shanghaiist: I like the Whopper. F**k the Big Mac!