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Chongqing noodles cooked by robots. 10 yuan a bowl, will you have a try?

2021-10-25 10:36:19

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This bowl of Chongqing noodles was cooked by robots.

Many citizens are curious about noodles cooked by robot. 

CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- What will be the taste of Chongqing noodles cooked by robots? Recently, there has been a "robot noodles" in Yangjiaping Pedestrian Street, which relies on robot chefs to cook noodles and make spices. 2 liang (a Chinese measure of weight, about 100 grams in total) Chongqing noodles for 10 yuan a bowl, and serve in 2 minutes.

A reporter of Chongqing Evening News recently went and had a try.

Price: 2 liang a bowl / 10 yuan

At 11:30 a.m., the reporter found this robot chef. After a busy morning, the staff are changing water, maintaining and cleaning the robot at this time. Looking through the window, we can find that the robot chef is not in human form, but in mechanical. Its upper part is a mechanical arm, and the lower part is made up of different containers and pots.

Staff told the report that the robot was exhibited at the 2021 Smart China Expo not long ago, which was paid attention and praised by many people. In fact, the robot has been on duty for more than three months. "It belongs to a part of the '24-hour non-contact smart food bar'. Within two years, Chongqing is about to set up another 1000 ‘smart food bars' like this."

After the robot was cleaned, the reporter immediately scanned code to order on Wechat. Although there is only one type of noodle to choose from, you can choose among clear soup, mildly spicy and medium spicy, and determine whether to add chopped green onion and vinegar. As a native of Chongqing, the reporter thought the best part was that you could determine whether to “cook for a shorter period of time”.

The reporter paid 10 yuan and chose a bowl of noodles with mild spicy, chopped green onion and vinegar, cooked for a shorter time.

Taste: spicy but not enough

As soon as the reporter ordered on Wechat, the robot broadcast the order number and began to cook. Through the glass window, you can see the whole process ——

A mechanical arm orderly pour noodles and vegetable leaves into the pot. Then his arm picked up an orange bowl and began to mix the seasoning. The reporter noted that different from other noodle restaurant, where the seasoning are mixed on the spot, the seasonings here are prepared in proportion and poured directly into the bowl. 

About 2 minutes later, the food port door opened automatically and the bowl of hot noodles came. After taking out the chopsticks from the chopsticks box, the reporter mixed the noodles immediately and started to eat - the noodles smelled spicy, and the first bite was not bad. Especially, it had the essence of "cook for a shorter period of time".

After a careful tasting, however, you will find that compared with the traditional Chongqing noodles, this one lacks the smell of lard, peanuts, preserved szechuan pickle, and garlic. Nevertheless, the spicy flavor, coupled with the just hardness of the noodles, still let the reporter finished this bowl of noodles.

Citizens: order it for curiosity and convenience

A man wearing a gray shirt told the reporter that he work nearby and has come to eat the “robot noodles” several times. He said that he orders the medium spicy each time, and thinks it tastes almost as good as other noodle restaurant.

A woman in a blue dress ordered a bowl of noodles in clear soup. She told the reporter while eating that she came here for the first time for curiosity and for a chance to tell her family about the robot noodles when she returned. For the taste, she said, "It was OK, more in line with my taste, but the noodles were still a little hard even though I ordered medium hardness." In addition, she felt that the noodles here were slightly expensive.

After waiting for a noon, there were a total of four customers who came to eat noodles, and three of them were to experience the rare. As the reporter learned from the staff earlier, there are very few customers at noon, more in the morning and evening. In the morning, many office workers like to come here to eat noodles for it’s more convenient and quicker than the normal noodle restaurant. At midnight, some people who work late or return at night also like to try the 24-hour noodles.

The reporter also randomly interviewed several people passing by as well as nearby stores, they said that people eat robot cooked noodles often for curiosity and convenience. If you want to enjoy the original taste, you’d better to find an authentic Chongqing noodle restaurant.

No worries about being replaced by robots

Aunt Wu has been running a noodle restaurant for more than 20 years in Huahuixi Road, Yubei District. The reporter talked to her. She also could not help but sigh: "Technology is so advanced that robots can actually cook noodles as well.”

"Are you afraid of being replaced by robots in the future?" In response to this question, Wu said with a confident smile. Chongqing noodles is not only an epitome of Chongqing's food, but also many Chongqing people's food complex. A bowl of authentic Chongqing noodles is very delicate, the seasoning alone has a dozen or twenty kinds. Even for the same seasoning, different masters mixed will have completely different taste.

Wu said, she does not believe that the essence of food can be fully mastered by robot chefs, "robot cooked noodles is for convenience and rapidity, but only the man-made noodles has the soul.” (Translated by Liu Sha, Fathom Language Limited)

Editor:Jiang Yiwei

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