Where the Ordinary Chinese Eat

BY ERIC MU
Jun 16, 2010

Dining is more than food for the body; it is food for the soul. At Minjian Soup Restaurant, our blogger Eric Mu gets more – the art of really living life.

Four years ago, the husband was laid off from a Nanchang fertilizer factory and roamed to Beijing for opportunity. Eventually, they opened this small restaurant in a bustling street of Beijing, a humble place of seven tables. Their nephew, a quiet, shy teenager who was eager to see a bigger part of the world joined them last year after he dropped out of middle school. When the customers are few and he has nothing to do, the young man would sit there quietly playing his over-sized shanzhai mobile phone. Sometimes I saw him giggling at the phone. I assume that on the other side of the phone, there was his sweetheart back home. Otherwise, he is pretty busy doubling as the waiter and the delivery boy.

So this is the story of Minjian Soup Restaurant, which is just one of the many in this city. But I am sure each of them has its own stories, which are all different.

 

This article was originally written for See China and the author is a staff writer for Danwei.