Humor Technology

Man Invents Smart Robot Chef After Wife Complains That He Can’t Cook

Given how easy it is to learn how to cook in the age of the Internet, it’s surprising how many people lack basic culinary skills. One Chinese man that fell into this category was constantly criticized by his wife, and was getting tired of it. Instead of just learning how to cook for virtually no cost, he spent eight years inventing a smart robot cooker that could do the work for him.

According to CGTN, the new tech just debuted at the China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair, where it could crank out custom-made dishes in 3-4 minutes. The robot can customize the amount of oil, chili, salt, sugar, and vinegar added to raw ingredients via an interface. You can add whichever protein/veg you want into it, and it’ll cook the dish in no time at all. It’s also got an automatic cleaning system, so there’s no need to wash up after it’s done making your lunch.

The bot is meant to help people who can’t cook whip up dishes, but seems to be tailored more to office spaces or markets than the individual home. It costs roughly 10,000 yuan (just under $1,600 US) to install, with a one yuan ($0.16 USD) cost for each meal cooked. For a high-tech, custom recipe machine that cooks in little time at all, that’s pretty cheap.

He Qing, the smart cooking robot’s inventor, is a catering company CEO that has since used the machine to get his wife to stop blasting his ineptitude in the kitchen. She is reportedly so impressed with the robot that she hasn’t complained since.

Just goes to show that even an unwillingness to learn a new skill can be the inspiration for some revolutionary inventions.

Fast Food

Burger King’s New CHOW MEIN Burger Is Drenched In Kung Pao Sauce


Here’s something we’d never thought we’d see.

Burger King India has added a new Chinese-themed Whopper to their menu they’re calling the Shanghai Whopper.

According to Brand Eating, the Whopper features either a chicken, veggie, or mutton patty as the protein. The burger is then topped with tomato, red onion, cheese, a cheesy jalapeño sauce, crispy fried chow mien, and Kung Pao sauce.

No joke.

While Kung Pao sauce and chow mein aren’t typically paired together, it seems Burger King is taking some liberties with the components to keep in theme with the Shanghai concept.

You can find the Shanghai Whopper at participating Burger King locations in India. Prices for the burger will vary depending on the type of patty you choose.

Photo: Burger King India


Chinese Tourists Are Outraged Over The ‘Unreasonable’ Food Prices At Shanghai Disneyland


Even though Shanghai’s Disneyland is still not open yet (just one more week), tourists, who presumably got hungry after trashing the place, are now complaining about the “outrageous” prices of theme park food.

Shanghai Disneyland’s Mickey Mouse-head baozi, a steamed bun snack, costs 35 yuan each, or around $5.30 while a bottle of water costs 10 yuan, or about $1.50.

While the prices actually seem reasonable by theme park standards, many, who perhaps thought they’d find a good deal at a theme park whose only purpose is to collect cash, were unhappy and even claimed that prices were cheaper at Tokyo’s Disneyland.


Fortunately, the internet had a slew of all-too-true comments on the subject:

“What did you expect? Of course it’s going to be expensive.”

“This is nothing. At Hong Kong Disneyland a quick meal cost me $299 HKD.”

“This is just to dissuade the lowest rung of society from visiting and ruining your experience.”

“There’s nothing saying you have to go, if you think it’s too expensive just stay home.”

In the end, Shanghaiist went to go buy a couple of baozi for themselves, claiming in the end that they were “aaaaaaaaamazing!”


Written by NextShark || h/t: Shanghaiist


Shanghai Restaurant Uses $150,000 Robots to Make Ramen in 90 Seconds

A new Japanese ramen stand in Shanghai is attracting curious customers for their two unusual chefs, Toya and Kona.

The ramen stand, Toyako, opened in December and is located on Daming Road in the Hongkou district of Shanghai.

Toya and Kona are able to serve four types of ramen and can prepare each bowl in 90 seconds. They don’t prepare each bowl from scratch, but instead are able to boil water, cook the noodles, pour the proper amount of soup and add extra ingredients like beef or egg.


The restaurant owner, Liu Jin, claims the two robotic chefs cost him over $150,000 and sex years of research by a Japanese company. Jin told Shanghai Daily:

“You don’t get any problems with robots. They’ll never ask for leave and they won’t get sick.”


Each bowl of ramen costs just under $9 a bowl, which is considered expensive compared to more conventional ramen places, but customers still seem to find their meals quite tasty.

Written by NextShark, h/t: Shanghaiist


World’s First BEEF NOODLE SOUP Vending Machine Unveiled In Shanghai


Sure, there are ramen vending machines out there. If you’re craving beef noodle soup, however, you’re usually shit out of luck. Well, stress no further. The world’s first beef noodle soup vending machine is set to hit Shanghai, reports Shanghaiist.

Created by four guys from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the machine is set to launch this October. They’ve since secured 6,210,050 yuan ($1 million US) to help produce them.

All customers need to do is make their selection, pay and the machine will produce a hot bowl of beef noodle soup in merely a couple minutes.

Sounds like a great way to satiate those beef noodle cravings on the fly.

Photo: Oriental Daily