Applause after course on Sichuan cuisine opens to undergraduates
Undergraduate students in southwest China’s Sichuan Province are now able to learn how to cook traditional Sichuan cuisine–one of China’s most popular culinary arts, known for its hot and spicy tastes.
Given that many young Chinese cannot cook for themselves, the University of Electronic Science and Technology in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan, has just opened an elective course to teach how to cook Sichuan dishes and also the Chinese culinary culture, as the new semester begins.
The most renowned Sichuan dishes, including Kung Pao Chicken (spicy diced chicken with peanuts), Mapo Tofu (stewed bean curd with minced pork in pepper sauce) and Huiguo Rou (Twice cooked pork), are all included in the program.
According to a local report in the West China Metropolis Daily on Friday, many students have applied for a seat in the class, but the number was capped at 50.
As it’s rare for Chinese universities to open cooking courses, a lot of discussions have been triggered on Sina Weibo, a major Chinese social media platform, and netizens are responding with an outpouring of praise.
“Such a nice course. Cooking is a basic life skill [that many students lack],” @Ephyraebushidamao.
”After graduation, they may find out this is the only course that benefits their lives….” @masstock.
“Cooking should have been popularized earlier. More courses should also be open, such as first aid courses, fire-safety courses and so on. Young people should first learn how to live…” @Jianbingjianbingjianbing.