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This Vlogger Prepares Elaborate Lunches At The Office (Video)


By Cooking Panda

Everybody has had that one co-worker in their life … You know, the one that seems to think it’s appropriate to bring the most pungent food of all time to the office, heat it up in the microwave to make it extra fragrant, and then eat it smack in front of your face (video below).

Different cultures have different cuisines, and with different cuisines come different smells, and that is OK. What is unacceptable is taking any kind of supremely smelly food (even if it’s a nice smell!) into a small, cramped space and forcing everybody around you to breathe in the aroma of your meal while you chow down in a professional setting. It’s distracting.

But there are exceptions — for badass women, apparently.

Meet Little Ye. She’s a Chinese vlogger who couldn’t care one iota about conventions in the office, and has made an array of videos showcasing how she brings not only her lunch to her office, but all the cookware she requires to prepare her lunch — and then cooks elaborate meals right at her desk on camera.

What makes some of her videos so entertaining is the sheer creativity she has. While many people eat the same, uninspired lunch for countless days of the week (because it’s practical, or easy, or just what a loved-one took the time to prepare for you), Little Ye creates and consumes so many different meals at her office!

What’s more, you get to watch all of Little Ye’s co-workers go about their workdays seemingly totally unimpressed (or maybe at this point just desensitized) by her elaborate cooking methods and lunch meals. Something about watching a bunch of folks just concentrating on their work and computers while she straight up chows down is hilarious and satisfying.

What do you eat for lunch at the office?

Source: Little Ye/YouTube / Photo Credit: Little Ye/YouTube

Tags: chinese food, little ye, office lunch, vlogger, YouTube
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Making China’s Most Delicate Noodle Is Intense


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The Chinese suomian noodle, or stretched noodle, is China’s most difficult noodle to make. One particular type is called the Nanshan noodle, and a video was just released revealing the grueling process.

The process is long, and maybe that’s why it’s supposed to taste so good. According to Food and Wine, the noodle was first made from millet, and is now made from wheat. The process of hand-making these is days-long and requires the gaging of barometric pressure, stretching and weaving, and the cooperation of the weather, as you’ll see in the video below.

It all begins with the weather…rain would ruin the noodles. The dough is prepared and cut into a rope shape before being hand rolled into the thickness that is desired for the noodle.

Then, it’s coiled and woven along sticks (very difficult since you don’t want the noodles to break) 60 times before being stretched every few hours in the sun where it dries. Two people must work together to do the stretching of the noodles. Imagine having to go out and stretch these very delicate noodles every few hours for a couple of days. Imagine then if it rained just when you were about to finish!

All I can say is they must taste pretty great for them to be worth all of that extra hard work.

Grub Street reports that this recipe has remained in the Nanshan Village in the eastern Zhejiang Province of China for over 300 years, and that only 300 people even know the recipe. Of course, now that there’s a video on the internet about how to make it, if anyone wants to attempt it, that number will certainly increase.

Sources: Food & Wine, Grub Street / Photo credit: More China via Food and Wine

Tags: chinese food, Nanshan Noodles, noodles
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