Daily Archives: June 8, 2012


BLOG – Burgernomics & Hong Kong’s Love Affair with McDonald’s 9

The Golden Arches landed in HK in on January 8th, 1975 and they’ve pretty much enjoyed a city-wide monopoly ever since. The original American grease-pushers are not so much a fast-food outlet as an institution here, being, as they are, so ubiquitous as the sole cheap, 24-7 Western food option for Hong Kongers.

Here is a glimpse of their 1980s menu and prices…

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Click to enlarge, via JasonLiebig on Flickr

In HK… “McDonald’s was the first restaurant to consistently offer clean restrooms, driving customers to demand the same of other restaurants and institutions.”  (Indeed, this gave rise to the pheneomena of the ‘McShit and lies’, whereby one enters a restaurant and informs the staff that you’ll make a purchase after using the facilities.)