A peculiar sight has sprung up at a local market in Qingdao. A four-meter-high tower, consisting of 36 mantou steamer trays, towers above pedestrians, slowly steaming delicious buns for hungry customers.
Mantou is a type of cloud-like steamed bread or bun popular in Northern China. They are made with milled wheat flour, water and leavening agents. In size and texture, they range from 4 centimetres (1.6 in), soft and fluffy in the most elegant restaurants, to over 15 centimetres (5.9 in), firm and dense for the working man’s lunch.
Each level of the tower can steam approximately 40 buns, which amounts to around 1,440 buns across 36 levels. Most impressive.
What’s even more amazing is that the shop uses around half a ton of flour a day for mantou. Half a ton…
And while individually they might not look as impressive as the overpriced buns in Shanghai Disneyland, they are sure to be just as delicious and appealing to customers passing by.
By Christopher Shi
[Images via NetEase]
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