Master chef creates elaborate 'flower buns'

By Guo Xiaohong
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Selection of flower buns, or huamo in Chinese, made by Tong Guohua. [Photo by Ma Pingchuan]

Tong Guohua carefully removes huamo, or flower buns, from a steamed box.

On the tray of the box are steamed wheaten foods with various colors and shapes such as animals, gourds, fruits and flowers, including a cute tiger with a Chinese character for "king" on its forehead, bright green apples and round buns embellished with two or three delicate peach blossoms. Astonished onlookers snap photos of her creations.

Tong is the boss of a famous huamo studio in Beijing's Pinggu district.

Despite losing her job a decade ago, Tong's commitment to China's traditional food culture remained unchanged and she has since pursued further education and opened her own business. She has markedly improved her livelihood by turning her culinary skills into a successful business. Tong named her studio "Tong's good life."

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