You go to the Supermarket, you pass by the Patisserie to get some bread, it’s all part of settling in China. You buy some bread and you later learn at home it’s sweet. Weird! Next weekend, you go to the supermarket to do the weekly maintenance of your home supplies, and you choose another section of bread with a more likely possibility that it’ll fit with your understanding of what bread is (not sweet). But you go home and face another disappointment. You do it quite a few times until you learn that it’s not gonna happen, you ain’t gonna find anything but sweet bread. Besides a very limited number of non-sweet baguettes that are made specifically for foreigners- Chinese people don’t buy them- the Patisserie does not cater for us here. Moreover, I don’t like sweet, which makes it frustrating to have to eat noodles’nd’soy late at night, on days when I’m fed up with making omelettes that require me to have to nurse the stove at 11 pm and produce the odors I’ll have to inhale as I go to bed (I don’t wanna open the windows as I use a purifier- so the air I smell is actually valuable, I’ve bought it.
Chinese people love SWEET, I don’t know why bitter is not a thing. You can see that popcorn is sweetened, Colas are sweet etc etc I can go on..
I was compelled to enter the private section of one of the supermarket where the baker was making the bread, where I told him that we foreigners eat non-Sweet bread, that we cannot eat the bread that is currently on offer. Luckily, the next time I entered the supermarket, I met the baker again, a very nice guy who showed the bread that I started buying to enjoy at night with some olives and a slice of tomato or cheese just before bed.