We all love filling salad bowls to the brim. But a Chinese engineer in Beijing has started what could definitely be called a fad in filling stipulated bowls as high as 3 feet in height.
Shen Hongrui, a Chinese engineer has developed a new way to fill Pizza Hut salad bowls. Advising hungry diners to build strong ‘walls’ with cucumber and carrots, creating a tall container on their plate to fill with their favourite foods, he has devised the set of instructions to get around the ‘one bowl, one visit’ rule at the salad bar in his local Pizza Hut in Beijing.
First, he tells diners to build a solid base, ideally with chickpeas and potatoes. ‘The foundations are very important, so choose dry and strong material,’ he says. Next, would-be gluttons must create a layer of carrot sticks radiating from the centre to act as a scaffold. Then they should use slices of cucumber or blocks of fruit as bricks to build the tower’s ‘walls’.
Finally, fill the tower with the food you are most keen on eating. All you need after that is a steady hand to carry your heaving platter back to the table. The art of piling food high on one’s plate has become known as ‘salad bar hacking’, inspiring websites with galleries devoted to towering piles of food.
According to latest reports, all Pizza Hut branches in China have put a stop to the craze by removing salad bars in restaurants.