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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