At a time when 1.3 billion people have swung into action
in an united effort to help
the quake victims, China's 100 top chefs, including those
from the world-renowned Beijing Quanjude Roast Duck, are
busily stirring their stir fry in heated woks over high heat,
not in their polished kitchen, but under the sky in the quake
ravaged area in Sichuan. And the best part? All those yummy
dishes produced in these yucky conditions are given away
It is reported that Beijing Gourmet Association (北京美食联盟)
has donated 3 million yuans to set up three giant outdoor
kitchens providing free gourmet meals three times a day to
the most needed in the quake
One of such outdoor kitchens is set by roadside in Pengzhou.
On the ground stoves large woks and pans and pots are boiling
and steaming and simmering, filling the air wet with whiff
of vapour caused by constant heavy rains with appetising
and soul-uplifting aromas.
However, although the chefs are the creators of the world
class gourmet dishes, when they just arrived in Wenchuan,
they couldn't come up with anything that were reasonably
eatable. So the village women - the quake victims whom the
chefs are aspiring to help - helped the chefs to learn some
basic cooking skills, teaching them, for instance, how to
make fully cooked
The chefs studied hard and learned fast, now with their
masters - the village women - working as their volunteer
kitchen hands, and village kids stationing around to act
as their cheer squad, they are able to offer thousands quake
victims not so gourmet, but quite delicious home-taste meals,
such as chicken dice dry braise winter melon dice, pork dice
stir fry hot cucumber dice, and et cetera, et cetera, et
The village kids like the diced free meals very much, as
they reportedly told the reporters. (Source of info and original
photo: 杨杰, 中国新闻网)
Delicious Steampots Dropped from Sky
A Chinese journalist recently visited a quake
ruined village on a hillside, and found a group of people
still living there.
When asked why they don't go down the mountain
to the quake relief centre for a free accommodation, they
replied serenely, "Why move around, sooner or later
our new home will be rebuilt here anyway." And they
further invited the journalist to stay with them as well,
not forever, but for a meal.
They indeed had a decent meal to share with
the journalist: a steampot.
To be honest, it wasn't a full featured pot that seams which
one may find at restaurants all around in Sichuan; instead,
they only had vegetables and tofu to steam, but still, the
tofu and veges are hot and spicy as those from a proper steampot.
The journalist was quite curious about the
source of their fresh supply of the tofu and veges. Dropped
from the sky, he was told by his hosts. "The military
helicopters come quite often," they informed him, "and
if you dine with us, you may have a chance to see them yourself."
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