7-Eleven: serving “Fast” Food to Next level
29th Oct, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew
I had just finished a football game in Kowloon Park, Hong Kong and had a little time left for another game. After those excruciatingly tiring ninety minutes, I felt a certain weakness in my body. Obviously I was hungry. I had to refuel. I had to eat but I knew if I didn’t make the right choice on my food, I wasn’t going be on good shape for the next game of the tournament. Mc Donald’s would be too heavy meal which could result in sleepiness and a bag of chips would be too light and would provide very less energy. I discussed with my friend who was in the same condition as me to get lunch somewhere and he took to a place that amazed me.
7-Eleven is a Japanese-owned American international chain of convenience store with stores all over Hong Kong. I knew about 7-Eleven but I never considered it an option for a spot for a meal. As I browsed the shelves I was quite shocked by the variety and range of items they had.
They had all kinds of meals in the menu. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, 7-Eleven has everything sorted. They had the kind of food you wouldn’t imagine to be in a plastic box in a store. When is the last time you ate chicken wings and rice out of a box? Chicken, Pork, Beef, Fish, Fries, they had everything. The food came frozen in packets/boxes and had to be microwaved before eating. One thing that impresses and amazes me the most is the presence of a microwave for customers to use in almost every single 7-Eleven store across Hong Kong. In 7-Eleven you also get the bang for your buck because the food is fairly cheap. Another impressive thing about 7-Eleven is that it’s open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Now you know exactly how to take care of that annoying midnight hunger.
What do we think of when we hear “fast food”? Most probably the food we get at the side of the street. Looking at the food from 7-Eleven, they have redefined that definition. Hong Kong knows fast food as food that is cheap, clean, quick and most importantly effortless. If you ever make plans to vacay in HK, enjoy the wide array of Asian cuisine the country has to offer but do not sleep on that 7 star 7-Eleven meal.
On that fine day I had Siu Mai(a traditional chinese dumpling made from shrimp and mushroom) and my friend had cup noodles.We lost the game that day but we refuse to blame it on the food.
The way people of Hong Kong eat says a lot about Hong Kong as a country and the lifestyle of the people living there. Hong Kong is home to numerous nationalities and ethnicities. Seekers of opportunity come to Hong Kong from all around the world. In all honesty, it is not easy to make it there. The hustle chews up and spits out the weak. Lives get swallowed by the struggle. Efficiency is the key to survival. There is no time to waste, not even for food. One cannot help but believe that the eating culture of there is a product of that mentality. The food and service is quick and efficient just like Hong Kong; quick and efficient.
Text/Photo: Ananta Gurung