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Chinese chef tries to harness sun’s power to fry eggs, but manages only to bake himself

Noodle shop cook ends up with heat exhaustion after demonstration fails to fly

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 July, 2017, 2:16pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 July, 2017, 2:48pm

A chef from southwest China who tried to cook eggs using the power of the sun succeeded only in getting heat exhaustion, local media reported.

The man, surnamed Liu, who works at a noodle shop in Chongqing, wanted to demonstrate the sun’s intensity to his customers after seeing a similar stunt performed in a video he’d watched online, Huaxi Metropolis Daily reported via its website on Monday.

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After setting up a line of tables and frying pans outside the cafe, Liu offered the “sun-fried eggs” for sale at 1 yuan (15 US cents) apiece. He even made an electronic payment option available to customers, the report said.

While the promotional gimmick drew a large crowd to the noodle shop, the sun failed to burn as brightly as Liu had hoped and as a result each egg took about an hour to fry.

“I didn’t think the eggs would take so long to cook as the sun was roasting,” a passer-by was quoted as saying.

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Liu’s bad luck didn’t end there, however. While his eggs were largely impervious to the sun’s rays, the chef was not, and after several hours outdoors he began suffering from heat exhaustion and had to be helped back inside.

His takings from the marketing exercise amounted to just five yuan, the report said.

An elderly woman who watched the demonstration said Liu would have fared better had he added hot oil to the pans.

“Then the eggs would have cooked more quickly,” she was quoted as saying.

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Like much of China, Chongqing has been in the grip of a heat wave over the past week, with the daily high temperature in the city averaging 37 degrees Celsius.