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Economic Watch: Chinese cuisine taking in exotic tastes******
BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- A platter of Beijing fried sauce noodles, served with fried chicken nuggets and French fries in Beijing's downtown area, raise eyebrows.。
"It is an unexpected mix and match with Chinese food in a Western fast-food restaurant," said a man surnamed Wang, who ordered the unique working lunch for roughly 35 yuan (5.47 U.S. dollars) at a KFC outlet.。
An elder Beijinger surnamed Qiao now finds it easy to enjoy a family dinner with his wife and child who prefer Western food.。
"Most western-style meals don't agree with me, but I enjoy delicious Beijing fried sauce noodles here," Qiao said.。
The specialty has been freshly added to the fast-food chain's menus in Beijing. "It is a hot seller," said Shi Jiajia, a local KFC employee.。
Customers can now order chicken rolls, preserved egg and pork congee, soybean milk, deep-fried dough sticks and boiled skewers, which are typical Chinese food, at KFC outlets in China.。
The fusion of traditional Chinese and exotic tastes has been embraced by KFC as well as many other catering brands in China.。
At the Beijing APM shopping mall, Tongrentang, a time-honored traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) pharmacy with a history of over 350 years, opened a coffee shop featuring herbal coffees in late September.。
Coffee latte with goji berries or dried tangerine peels on top, or Americano with monk fruits -- such creative combinations have attracted numerous youngsters.。
"Young consumers in China are increasingly health-conscious nowadays and would like to have a taste of our special coffee," said the coffee shop's manager. The coffee business has also boosted the sales of its medicinal materials and processed products.。
Chinese per capita nominal consumer spending rose 15.8 percent year on year to 17,275 yuan in the first three quarters. After factoring in price levels, spending went up 15.1 percent year on year.。
The country's ever-expanding consumption market will unleash huge market demand and investment opportunities, where Chinese and foreign brands can team up with each other, said Zhuang Rui, a professor at the University of International Business and Economics.。
In July this year, China allowed cities including Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Tianjin and Chongqing to take the lead in building international consumption centers.。
Beijing is expected to become an international tourism destination featuring shopping, food and cultures as well as digital consumption. Experts believe that the convergence of Chinese and Western cuisine is an inexorable trend for the city to build itself into an international consumption hub.。
"There is no doubt that the Chinese market has huge potentials. Meanwhile, our household disposable income needs to be further raised and efforts should be made to cater to the demand for high-quality, diversified and personalized consumption," said Zhuang. Enditem。
Flamengo beat leaders Atletico Mineiro to keep alive title hopes******
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Forward Michael Oliveira scored a first-half goal as Flamengo kept alive their chances of a third straight Brazilian Serie A title with a 1-0 home win over leaders Atletico Mineiro on Saturday.。
Oliveira tapped home from close range after Bruno Henrique's flicked header in the 25th minute at the Maracana stadium.。
The hosts defended resolutely thereafter to clinch their 15th win of the campaign. The Rio de Janeiro giants moved to within 10 points of Atletico and have 12 games in hand, two more than their rivals.。
Earlier, Santos secured their second consecutive league win with a 1-0 victory at Athletico Paranaense, courtesy of a second half goal from Madson dos Santos. The result lifted Santos to 11th in the 20-team standings while Athletico dropped to 13th.。
Elsewhere in the Brazilian Serie A, relegation-threatened Juventude were held to a goalless home draw by Bahia. Enditem。
Betis draw, Real Sociedad win in Europa League******
MADRID, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Real Betis and Bayern Leverkusen drew 1-1 on Thursday night in a match between the top two sides in UEFA Europa League Group G.
The Spanish outfit took the lead as Borja Iglesias slotted home from the penalty spot with just 15 minutes to go.
However, the Germans drew level just seven minutes later when Robert Andrich's shot from outside of the penalty area took a slight deflection to leave Betis keeper Claudio Bravo wrong-footed.
Both sides had plenty of chances to win the game in entertaining 90 minutes, but Bravo and Leverkusen keeper Lukas Hradecky were on their toes throughout the game, with Bravo's 94th minute save from Moussa Diaby perhaps the pick of the bunch.
The draw leaves both teams with seven points from their opening three group games, four more than group rivals Celtic and seven more than Ferencvaros.
Real Sociedad took a big step towards the knockout stage of the tournament with a 1-0 win away to Austrian side Sturm Graz, with striker Alexander Isak scoring the only goal of the game in the 69th minute. Enditem
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