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.
Many people in China are restricted to their homes in the effort to stop the spread of coronavirus. Millions of them are finding a new interest in cooking.
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.
"We have never gained new users with such speed since we launched the service in 2012," said founder and leader Norma Chu.
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.
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.
Chef Zhang explained that many of his online viewers expressed interest in discussing more than just food.
"In the past, users were only interested in learning cooking tricks, but now we talk about all kinds of subjects."
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Do you prefer fish in batter or in breadcrumbs?
I came in and kindled a fire in the stove.
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I had a long talk about this with my best friend
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正在做粤菜的厨师张学思（音译）把炉火关小了 。他将海鲜和虾等所有的必需食材放入锅内 。他迅速将火关小，然后转向手机摄像头方向，另一端有数百个网友在观看这场直播 。
为了阻止新冠病毒的传播，很多中国人都进行了“居家隔离” 。数百万人开始对下厨产生了兴趣 。
人们通过电视和网络烹饪节目学习制作中西式美食 。他们也拉动了专用炊具的线上销量 。
调研公司Sensor Tower表示，2月份，前五名的食谱应用软件的下载量翻了一倍 。这意味着下载量超过了2百万 。
另一家网络烹饪节目制作商“日日煮”对路透社表示， 1月至2月的新用户数量增加了200% 。豆腐和虾的食谱最受欢迎 。
行业领军者们表示，许多新晋家庭大厨都是城市的年轻人 。这群人习惯到餐厅就餐或叫外卖 。如今，这批人不得不居家“自食其力” 。
现年30岁的吴霜在首都北京工作 。2月份时，她也处于“居家隔离期” 。她说，自己在网上花了很多时间学习如何制作面包和其它美食 。