Inside with Coronavirus, Chinese Discover the Joy of Cooking
Chef Zhang Xuesi lowered the fire on the stove where he was cooking his Cantonese meal. He added all the necessary foods, including the seafood, shrimp. He quickly lowered the fire and turned toward a phone camera as hundreds of people watched him online.
It ruins the dish if you burn the breadcrumbs, he advised his livestream video watchers.
People watching television and online cooking shows are learning how to make Chinese and Western foods. They are also pushing up the sale of special cookware on online markets.
Downloads of the top five recipe apps doubled in February said research company Sensor Tower. That means more than 2 million downloads.
The Chinese video streaming company Billibilli said it has had more than 580 million views of its cooking videos in the two months since the coronavirus began to spread in China.
Another online cooking show producer DayDayCook told Reuters its numbers of new users increased 200 percent from January to February. A recipe for bean curd and shrimp received the most watchers.
Many new home cooks are young people living in cities, say industry leaders. This group is used to eating in restaurants or getting food delivery. Now these people are cooking at home.行业领军者们表示，许多新的家庭厨师都是城里的年轻人。这群人习惯在饭店吃或是叫外卖。现在这些人都开始在家里做饭。
Wu Shuang is a 30-year-old who works in Beijing, the capital. She was among those trapped at home in February. She says she spent a lot of time online, learning how to make bread and other foods.现年30岁的吴霜在首都北京工作。她二月份也被困在家里。她说自己在网上花了很多时间学习如何制作面包和其它食物。
Chef Zhang explained that many of his online viewers expressed interest in discussing more than just food.张厨师解释说，他的很多直播观众都表示有兴趣讨论的不仅仅是食物。
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