These Enormous Salads from Pizza Hut China Were the Height of Human Engineering


Behold: towering structures of cucumbers, corn and peaches tottering on a single bowl, courtesy of Pizza Hut. This, dear readers, is the height of human engineering. 

Pizza Huts in China are either take-out or pseudo-upscale, sit-down restaurants that offer steak. According to Kotaku, the latter also used to offer salad bars that invited customers to make their own DIY starter, with one catch: You only got one plate and one visit to the bar.

Knowing this, people began to get creative, stacking on the croutons and lettuce to make magnificent, gigantic vegetable structures. This quickly became the thing to do at Pizza Hut, with an entire method and art behind the process.

Eventually, Pizza Hut caught on and in 2009, the company announced that it was removing salad bars from its 440 locations in China. This spurred on a frenzy of tower-making creativity before they eliminated the feature. Here are a few pics capturing the phenomenon:



While  Kotaku‘s Beijing-based writer Eric Jou claims that there are still salad bars in his area, they are unfortunately void of any salad towers. Still, in case you wanted to learn from one of the best, here’s a how-to video:

Peek more salad architecture here.

H/T + PicThx Kotaku

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How to Hijack the ‘One Bowl, One Visit’ Rule at Pizza Hut

How can you make the most out of a salad buffet that only lets you visit once? Shen Hongrui, a Chinese engineer did it by constructing a 3-ft tower of salad at a local Pizza Hut in Bejing.

According to Hongrui, “The foundations are very important,” so it’s best to build a base out of something solid like chickpeas or potatoes. Next build the walls of the tower, it’s key to how much goodies you’re going to be able to fit in your bowl. It’s best to use something stackable like cucumbers or carrots. Lastly, fill the tower with your favorite things at the salad bar. My tower would be overflowing with ranch dressing!

Apparently, this art of piling food which is now known as ‘salad bar hacking‘ works so well that it caused all Pizza Huts in China to do away with all their salad bars!