If you think basic Chinese food is cheap now, you should have seen the prices in 1990.
And you can, right now. Over at the blog Museum Fatigue, Professor David Davies has randomly happened upon a menu from a restaurant that he used to frequent 26 years ago while he was studying in Chengdu.
The choices of food may look familiar, but the prices do not. Mapo Doufu for 1 kuai? Hui Guo Rou for 1.5?
Davies notes that perhaps the most interesting thing about this menu is the dishes that the restaurant didn’t have originally, but tacked on to please foreign taste buds, like beer, orange juice, green beans and stir-fried egg and tomatoes. Seriously, no stir-fried egg and tomatoes, 1990 Chengdu restaurant?
You can peruse the whole menu here. We’d recommend going with the pork, the fish does get a little pricey.
[Images via Museum Fatigue]