One can tell from his business casual clothes and over-confident stride, that he’s an American. The hotel’s welcome banner explains his presence in China: a conference of international suppliers for some Chinese brand.
He enters the restaurant eager for breakfast, calls over a waiter and says the following:
“Two eggs over-easy, well done bacon, and a bing shui.”
“Bing shui” (冰水) or ice-cold water has become an important piece of his vocabulary in China where he can never seem to get any goddamn ice water. He gives his American-centric order so cockily and with such Mid-Western intonation that one wonders if he thinks he’s at a Denny’s diner in Ohio. Why he assumes the waiter knows “eggs over-easy” in English but not “ice water” remains unclear.
The waiter promptly returns with a glass of cold water. “Bing Shui Man” gives it a look and says in a gruff, loud, artificially slow way:
“Water with ice in it. I want ice in my water.”
The waiter quickly, and with utmost tact, brings him a glass of cold water with lots of ice. Since typical Chinese never drink cold ice water, which is considered highly unhealthy, one can almost read his thoughts as he sets down the condensation-coated glass in front of the loud American:
“It’s your funeral, buddy.”