Reviving the dying art of the Chinese earth oven | Abby Masengi | Sik Fan Lah!
Meme queen, Abigail Masengi, heads to Palmerston North to battle towering flames and the roasting of a 65 kg whole pig in a traditional Chinese earth oven.
Cooking a whole roast pig in an earth oven is the traditional way to cook siu yuk (roast pork) which you’d typically see at Chinese restaurants. Though, roasting a whole pig traditionally is a multi-day process.
These ovens were built around market gardens throughout New Zealand by Chinese migrants wanting a taste of home, and they would cook up to 20 pigs during festivals for the local Chinese community.
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"Our Chinese parents are often proud of us in ways they cannot say. Especially to us. "
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