Why does it seem that all Asian restaurants have Pepsi products?

I live in Charlottesville, Virginia, and it seems that all Asian restaurants have Pepsi products only. There hasn’t been one single restaurant to have Coke products. Is it that Pepsi has a deal with these restaurants or what? I know that there is a Pepsi plant nearby so maybe that has something to do with it. What is the deal?

I think you got it nailed right there. Ever try to get a Pepsi in Atlanta? A Beck’s in Milwaukee? A Volkswagen in Detroit?


well, where i am, in los angeles, asian restaurants have both coke and pepsi.

i have never been in virginia so i don’t know how abundant the asian restaurants are, but i’m going to go out on a limb and say los angeles has more. that said, that would explain the choice of coke and pepsi.

“Coca Cola” means “have sex with your mother” in every known Oriental language.

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I agree with Ukulele Ike, and can second microshroom, where I live (Orange County, California) you can find asian restaurants that sell Coca-Cola.

In any event, in an asian restaurant, you should not be drinking Coca-Cola. Stick to tea, green tea, sake, plum wine, shaohsing, Kaoloang, or something asian, for crying out loud!

[WAG]I’d say it probably depends a lot on the motivations of the local bottler and/or distributor. Some of these guys will do almost anything for product placement.[/WAG]

I thought Coca-Cola meant “bite the wax tadpole” in one Chinese dialect.

sigh Off to snopes yet again.

Hey, I was mostly right!

I’ll save you the trip Phouka:
According to Snopes, Coke originally didn’t have a set translation, so individual merchants made their own signs.

These signs were only phonetic approximations that

Coca-cola is now translated Ke-Kou-Ke-Le, meaning roughly, Permit-mouth-permit-joy.

Here it is in GB(I think) code, for those with Chinese fonts:


That is, Putting this in your mouth will make you happy.


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Blast, I had to check in and it was too late to save Phouka from finger breaking C&P.


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Has anybody ever noticed that the menus all look the same too, like they are printed from the same company. The same thig goes for the place mats that have the Chinese New Year animals on them. Of course this does not apply to all of the restaurants, but many from what I have noticed.

After hours in my favorite Chinese restaurants, you can get the “Cold Tea”. They hide it in cans of Millers or Labatts!