When I first travelled to China I found milk and milk products were not
easy to find and they were quite expensive. I learnt that they
were not part of the local traditional diet and I attributed this to
several reasons. One is that refrigeration was not widely available
which meant that milk could not be kept but this was also true until
not so long ago in western countries and we still made milk and milk
products part of diet. We used milk to make products which
could be kept longer like cheese and butter.
But there is another interesting reason which I learnt and that is that there is a very high incidence of lactose intolerance among Asian people than there is among whites.
Well, I happen to like milk for several reasons, one of them being that it can be consumed right out of the bottle. But when I travel I make a point of adapting to local customs and China has the perfect milk substitute in soy milk. I like it and drink it by the bottle.
But China is changing fast and now I see many milk products being offered at the supermarkets, and very cheaply too. I cannot read Chinese characters but they are easy to spot because most have a cow depicted on the label and the rest a glass or cup of milk. Plain milk, whether whole or skim, is mostly of the UHT type which keeps without refrigeration until the container is opened and is sold mainly in brick-type cartons.
There are also many milk beverages which have other flavers added like fruit, yoghurt, etc. They were not as thick as milk though but rather watery. I found them all quite delicious though. It was hot, I was thirsty, they were sweet and I have quite a sweet tooth. I consumed large quantities of these products.
I cannot read the labels so I have no idea what's in them. Some felt like they had a fruity flavor. Maybe coconut milk or soy milk was added. The products were much more watery than real milk which is good because I drank a lot just to stay hydrated.
The soft drink plastic bottles are very strong compared to ours and much more robustly made.
A Chinese consumer might consider our bottles as shoddy quality while we might
consider theirs to be wasteful. Quite a reversal from other situations.
This is the label of one product. Maybe someone can tell
me what it contains.
|By the way, these guys' web site www.woerma.cn is a hilarious example of Engrish. They have sections called "adversaria", "Company Glory", "Indent", etc. Check them out. They seem to be more in the fruit juice industry that in the milk industry.|
This is the label of a similar product:
Let's check out their web site www.vigarce.com
|Well, what do you know?! Not only do all Chinese people look alike but all Chinese web sites also look alike! Cute girls though.|