While Chinese President Xi Jinping is off in London dining on venison and sipping sparkling wines, his favorite homegrown baozi chain is finding itself in some nasty trouble.
The now legendary Qingfeng Steamed Bun franchise, where Xi Dada once enjoyed a much-publicized meal in late 2013, has been recently exposed as offering a filling that no customer had asked for, roaches.
Pictures of roaches and other icky creatures taken at two of their locations have spread online like cockroaches at a Qingfeng Steamed Bun shop.
According to Youth.cn, the two shops have been temporarily closed, while third-party safety inspections have been called for at other locations across Beijing.
China Digital Times translates some netizens on Weibo jokingly voicing their support for Xi’s fav baozi joint.
“This is a case of counter-revolutionary entrapment. Don’t cry Qingfeng, stand your ground,” wrote one netizen.
“Hostile forces did this,” commented another Weibo user.
Hopefully, this doesn’t hurt Qingfeng’s ambitious five-year plan released during the summer that calls for the franchise to IPO, expand from 312 shops to 1,000 total locations and construct a state of the art “Steamed Bun Research Center.”
Following Xi’s oh-so-casual visit to chow down at one of the Qingfeng locations, the chosen restaurant became so incredibly popular that patriotic customers would have to wait in line for more than hour to order their “Presidential Combo Meal.” The restaurant even had to remove the table where the down-to-earth president had once sat for fear that customers would fight over the seat that once had been graced by Xi’s high-pants.
Once the initial fervor wore off, the restaurant continued to capitalize on its hard-won notoriety by becoming a highlight on five-day packaged tours of Beijing right alongside the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.
[Images via Weibo]