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Yummy traditional snacks on the menu

THE 2010 Shanghai World Expo promises to be a Chinese culinary extravaganza.

The Expo visitors will be able to tuck into more than 60 traditional Chinese foods - stomach space permitting. The list of treats include goubuli stuffed buns from Tianjin and roast mutton from Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The organizer will construct a Chinese Cuisine Street building beside the China Pavilion. Snacks and foods from all over the country will be available.

The cuisine building will cover 4,956 square meters and have a capacity of about 1,350 people, said Li Bin, assistant director of the Domestic Participants Department of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

Each province will have 150 square meters in the building. A province can open two to three stalls to serve different foods. The stall operators will be chosen by provincial governments.

The organizer will remit rents from all stalls, but will control prices to make them similar to those outside the Expo site, Li said.

Healthy food

In an effort to promote healthy food and a better environment, the organizer will require stall operators to use less oil and salt, he said, adding all snacks will be easy and fast to eat.

The cuisine building will be well ventilated and the organizer will close any stall that pollutes the environment or makes too much noise, Li said.

The food building will also feature outlets of famous restaurants of China's eight cuisines - Shandong, Sichuan, Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hunan and Anhui provinces.

Suitable restaurants will be recruited from across the country.

Quanjude, a Beijing restaurant built in 1864 that is famous for Peking Roast Duck, and Old Uncle, a chain restaurant in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, have held discussions with the organizer to enter the area, he said.

The Shanghai Expo organizer plans to set up 80,000 square meters of restaurants and 18,000 square meters of snack stores within the 5.28-square-kilometer Expo site. More than 10 squares offering food will also be dotted around the site, according to Huang Jianzhi, deputy director-general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.


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