Wednesday, July 18, 2012
China vs USA: Ice Water
(This is Part 1 of my review of food in China. This post will be about ordering ice water in restaurants.)
If you go to a restaurant in the U.S. and ask for water, there will be no questions asked and you will get your water after a short while. Not in China. The first night, me and my parents went to a restaurant to eat dinner. The waitress asked us what we wanted to drink. We replied, "Water, Ice water."
Five minutes later, she came back with a pot of boiling water. We told her that we wanted ice water, cold water, not hot water. Another 5 minutes later, she comes back with 3 glasses of ice water. "That will be 9 RMB each" she told us. (9 RMB is equivalent to around $1.33 USD) "Wait, what?" I thought to myself. "It costs money for ice water?" That's just ridiculous. In the U.S, water is free, but in China, it costs money. It's amazing how a commodity like ice water in the U.S. is a scarcity in a country like China.
Thankfully, it was 9 RMB per person for water, not per glass. I ended up drinking 4 glasses during our dinner. 9 RMB for water is not expensive, but it's 9 RMB more than it should be.