- Seven diners shocked Weibo with videos of them filling entire tables with leftovers from their dinner.
- The group went viral for eating non-stop for 4 hours at a seafood buffet in Shandong.
- But people on Weibo were unimpressed and criticized diners for overeating.
A group of diners wowed Chinese social media last week with their four-hour non-stop seafood extravaganza at a buffet in Shandong, China.
The seven diners, who were in their 20s, went viral on Friday after filming the remains of their meal: hundreds of crabs, sashimi plates of salmon, crayfish and prawns.
One of the diners, identified only as Zhang, said he and his friends consumed 300 crabs, 40 to 50 boxes of durian and 80 bowls of poplar nectar. according to the Chinese news website Bailu.
And each person paid $23 for the meal, Zhang told the site.
“This season’s seafood is still expensive. But we all wanted to eat seafood, so we chose a seafood buffet restaurant,” Zhang said.
Zhang told Bailu that his group, six men and one woman, ate from 5 pm until the all-you-can-eat buffet closed at 9:30 pm and filmed several tables filled with crabs and prawns.
“In the end, we ate until the staff had to finish their shift,” Zhang told the news site.
Each of the seven members of the group usually has tremendous appetites, so they like to eat at buffets, Zhang added.
According to data seen by Insider on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, clips and posts related to Zhang’s party have been viewed more than 400 million times in the last week.
Chinese social media users were unimpressed, with some saying they were repulsed by the group’s binge eating.
“It seems like you’re taking advantage, but what advantage are you really getting?” Said a top comment.
“Good luck not getting pancreatitis eating like this,” said another user.
“Anyone with a noble personality wouldn’t stomp on their stomach like that.” another post read.
Bailu tagged an account called “Fat Grandpa 777” to credit a clip of the group’s dinner, but the account was removed when verified by Insider on Wednesday.
China previously saw a buffet restaurant customer trend overorder to get your money’s worth. In 2021, the country adopted a food waste law which prohibited patrons from leaving excessive amounts of food uneaten after meals.
But the onus of the law falls on restaurants to encourage mindful eating habits, and caterers are fined between $150 and $1,500 if caught encouraging diners to order too much.