Mantou artist wows audience with traditional Chinese culture

Published April 19, 2021, 10:08 AM

by Xinhua

CHONGQING, April 18 (Xinhua) — A clothing-designer-turned-cook in Chongqing has created a stunning chemistry between art and steamed bun.

Ouyang Qinyun, 40, is a celebrity Chinese social media cook who specializes in steamed bun, or mantou in Chinese.

Usually made with all-purpose flour, yeast and water, mantou is a basic staple in China, especially in the north.

“I learned that steamed buns could be made into different shapes. That really inspired me,” Ouyang said.

Her innovative products have won her a lot of praise both from home and abroad.

Ouyang also launched a series of training courses for stay-at-home mothers and pastry lovers, as a way to pass on the technique of making Chinese pastry.

Photo taken on June 22, 2020 shows steamed buns shaped like Monkey King in Yubei District of southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality. (Photo by Ouyang Qinyun/Xinhua)
Photo taken on July 8, 2020 shows steamed buns shaped like pandas in Yubei District of southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality. (Photo by Ouyang Qinyun/Xinhua)
Photo taken on April 13, 2021 shows steamed buns shaped like pottery figurines from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) at her studio in Yubei District of southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality. (Xinhua/Huang Wei)
Ouyang Qinyun (L) teaches apprentices to make buns at her studio in Yubei District of southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, March 26, 2021. (Xinhua/Huang Wei)
Ouyang Qinyun (C) teaches apprentices to make buns at her studio in Yubei District of southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, March 26, 2021. (Xinhua/Huang Wei)
Ouyang Qinyun displays steamed buns via a social media platform at her studio in Yubei District of southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, April 15, 2021. (Xinhua/Huang Wei)
Ouyang Qinyun teaches apprentices at her studio in Yubei District of southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, March 26, 2021. (Xinhua/Huang Wei)

 
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