Soviet style drinks

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Photo taken in a Shanghai hotel:

The Chinese writing says:

Sū shì yǐnpǐn


Suzhou style drinks

Here, sū 苏 is short for Sūzhōu. not Sūlián 苏联 ("Sovet Union").

Selected readings


  1. TM Jones said,

    July 18, 2023 @ 2:55 am

    This begs the question: what is included in the category Suzhou style drinks? Is the brothy soup with olives (?) an example? I know that in Chinese one ‘drinks’ soup rather than ‘eating’ it but does 饮品 yinpin refer to soups too?

  2. js said,

    July 18, 2023 @ 6:51 am

    Looks like jujubes and silver tree-ear (tremella fuciformis)

  3. gwingz said,

    July 18, 2023 @ 7:52 am

    Would you be able to guess what's going on with a fruit that looks like an egg and is called "Sydney"?

    In the fruit section of the "LeBazar" supermarket I go to in Guangzhou, there's a wallpaper on all the display counters with drawings of fruits labeled in (only) English – Pomegranate, Dragon fruit, Banana, Mango, and Sydney. Sydney is clearly an egg. Then those five repeat again.

  4. David Morris said,

    July 18, 2023 @ 8:05 am

    That doesn't look like vodka …

  5. David C. said,

    July 18, 2023 @ 9:32 pm


    My guess would be a yellow pear or snow pear, called 雪梨 (xuělí) in Chinese. The name distinguishes it from oriental pears that originate from China. 雪梨 also happens to be translated name of the city of Sydney, Australia. The city is now generally translated as 悉尼 (xīní) outside of Taiwan.

  6. gwingz said,

    July 19, 2023 @ 5:25 am

    @David C. Thanks!

  7. Adam said,

    July 25, 2023 @ 2:44 am

    Years ago I went to a conference in Montenegro with a colleague who had grown up in a different Soviet bloc country. While we were having breakfast he sipped his coffee and said, "I see they are still serving Communist coffee here."

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