[Life – Standing in Front of the Stove]
By: WANG Qi, Betty (Hall 10)
Translated by: CHIANG Man Ying, Michelel (Hall 10)
No matter if you deep-fry, pan fry, boil, or stew… In preparing your dishes, one will always know how important the heat is if he or she is a pro in the kitchen. A slight difference in temperature, or in the duration of cooking, will also affect the tastes of what you cook. For example, in making pork chop soup, you must simmer your pot in order to have the meat soft and tender, the soup full of flavors; in frying vegetables, you must keep the heat burning hot in order to have the vegies crisp. To make the perfect dish, you must keep everything in just the right amount, right temperature, and perfect.
In fact, life is all the same. We love hard, chase after our dreams, strive hard to obtain money and power… Sometimes we may even go beyond the limit without realizing, and everything turn out not the way we expected, and even worse. We were buried in worries and complaints, not knowing that – dishes are cooked in different level of heat.
Cooking might seem to be an easy task for some people. They used to think that all you do is make the food hot. However in reality, making the perfect dish is not easy at all. Cooking is like a practice. You have to be careful enough when you cut the vegetables, be patient and wait for the meat to cook slowing, be calm and composed when hot oil splash towards you, and to be creative and think of innovative and new dishes…
The entire process is a mental training of your temper. Here is a humble suggestion to you: whenever you feel like work is too hard, life is too overwhelming, try to slow down your pace, and cook yourself a meal. What you can realize and learn from, might somehow surprise you.
文: 王琪 (舍堂十)