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By Yannie Chan | November 17th, 2015

Dining at a chan chaan teng is an obstacle course every time, from finding a seat to winning over the perpetually grumpy staff.

1. You circle like a hawk over a person about to leave, and swoop down the very second he stands up. No mercy!

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2. No one’s reading the menu — the pros look right at the scribbles on the wall.

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3. You throw your low-sodium/no-carb/less-oil foibles to the wind. It’s instant noodles, French toast, pineapple buns, processed meat ALL THE WAY.

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4.  In fact, you try very hard to flatter the CCT staff. You suck up, calling them “leng jai/nui!” You thank them. You flash your best smile. Because pissing off a CCT staff is nooot fun.

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5. You can’t order because there are so many options! Set A, B, C, D or French toast, milk tea, yuen yeung or iced lemon tea? HELP!

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6. You try ever-so-carefully not to touch any of the sticky, oily condiments containers. But skipping chili oil is simply not an option!

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7. You find yourself speaking solely in CCT lingo. Siu teem 小甜 (less sugar), jou bing 走冰 (no ice), hang gai 行街 (takeaway).

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8. Come time to pay, you realize your receipt is covered in food stains. The aftermath of a good CCT meal.

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9. You make sure you have the exact change before walking up to the cashier. Or fear the wrath of CCT staff forevermore.

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