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Let's have hot pot in your classroom

08-31-2010 08:59 BJT

People born in the 80s have a special memory of their childhood and school years because they have experienced the most rapid change and development of China. As a child, nearly every one born in the 80s has been scolded for eating in the classroom. But here is a special 'classroom' in Beijing where you can eat whatever you like.

Eight Hot Pot
The blackboard on the back wall has been covered with pictures and the phrase
"School Begins."

'Eight Hot Pot' has been decorated to look like a typical classroom of the 1980s. In front of the check-out table, which has been changed into a teacher's platform, is a blackboard written with "school rules," "examination questions," and "school time-table" (the restaurant hours). The blackboard on the back wall has been covered with pictures and the phrase "School Begins." All the tables are desks with a hole in the middle to place the hot pot and the tableware is the wildly-used enamel jars and plates of the 1980s. Each desk has a tablet regarding a different subject—history, chemistry, mathematics, or Chinese. The ashtrays are shaped like the transformers. What's more? Don't call those service people "waiter" or "waitress;" call them "teacher" instead.

The food is not expensive. The average cost of one meal is about 30 yuan and you will be plenty satisfied. The restaurant's most famous dish is the No.8 Cold Noodles (6 yuan) and 'fire extinguisher' (8 yuan)—powdered ice with cream with lemon, red bean or strawberry on top.

fire extinguisher
"fire extinguisher" (8 yuan)—powdered ice with cream
with lemon, red bean or strawberry on top.

The restaurant only allows customers born from the year 1980 to 1989. The owner will check your ID card before you enter because he says that people of the 70s will think the decorations are childish and people of the 90s do not have these memories.

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