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Beijing dessert shop redefines the meaning of fast food

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 June, 2017, 7:05pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 June, 2017, 7:05pm

A dessert shop in Beijing is literally delivering “fast” food to customers by sliding the dishes to them on a make-shift slide.

The store advertising “mung bean ice porridge”, or sweet Cantonese congee with green mung beans, uses a metal slide several metres long to send the orders down to the customers waiting at street level, according to video from online news broadcaster BJ Time.

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As the kitchen is located on the first floor of a residential building, it operates out of a window with a blue-backgrounded menu displaying dishes outside and green shrubbery just below it.

In a video of the store in operation, a woman is seen placing the store’s dishes – wrapped in plastic bags – in a basket which is lowered to customers standing on the footpath.

The basket is attached to the top of the slide by a red string, guiding the dish safely to the bottom, which flattens out into a sort of landing area for customers to pick up their orders.

After the food is collected, the basket is pulled back up to the store’s window by the string.

State-run People’s Daily reposted the video on Wednesday night, captioning it in a tongue-in-cheek way as the “quickest food delivery”.

Online users reacted in amusement to the unconventional delivery method, with one calling it “amazing” and another joking that it was “fast food”.

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Video of a university student at the Henan University of Technology went viral earlier this year for a similarly home-made meal delivery system, using bedsheets tied together to hoist a takeaway delivery from the ground floor to her sixth floor dorm room window.

The same thing happened previously at the Communication University of China in Nanjing, with a student using a pulley system to pick up food deliveries from the ground level, People’s Daily reported.