I made it to the Beijing Airport early, worried there would be a massive swarm of people trying to flee the capital for the May holidays.
But perhaps most of them left yesterday as it was much less crowded than I have seen it. I breezed through check-in, passport control was relatively painless and then browsed through the airport shops.
The Air China plane was full... mostly of mainlanders eager to get their Hong Kong fix, as I was. I sat next to a couple, probably in their early 40s. They looked like they were middle class, somewhat sophisticated from their dress and manners.
When our lunch came, it was a Chinese main course with a cold appetizer along with a bun and butter.
And when I looked over to my left I couldn't believe what I was seeing: The woman used her plastic knife to pick up some butter, stick it in her mouth, swallowed it, and then repeated the motion before taking a bite out of her bun.
Needless to say she finished the whole portion of butter. I almost asked her if she wanted mine.
I guess no one told her you have to eat the two together.
I've heard of Chinese people adding Coke and 7-Up to their wine for sweetness. But I think eating butter straight just upped the ante of eating Western food... Chinese style.