Egg fried rice
From China Digital Space
蛋炒饭 (dàn chǎo fàn): egg fried rice
Reference to the death of Mao Zedong’s oldest son, Mao Anying. The younger Mao, who had studied abroad in Russia, volunteered to fight in the Korean War and was assigned to be Peng Dehuai’s Russian translator. In violation of military regulations forbidding the lighting of fires during the daytime, Mao Anying started to cook fried rice with eggs. The eggs were a rare delicacy at the time and had been just been sent to Peng Dehuai from Kim Il-sung. Apparently spotting the smoke from the fire, an American plane attacked, dropping napalm bombs on the site. Unable to escape the burning structure in which he was located, Mao perished in the flames.
Netizens credit egg fried rice for saving them from North Korea’s fate, as it destroyed Mao Zedong’s heir. On Baidu Tieba, one user wonders:
I heard that, if it weren’t for egg fried rice, you wouldn’t be able to get online today; if not for egg fried rice, you would be sent to the countryside to for reeducation as a poor farmer...?
Weibo users need only write “If it weren’t for egg fried rice” to invoke the alternate history China has avoided.