Although most Chinese people are avoiding going outside in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, they still haven't lost their lust for life. Without access to their favorite restuarants, people are now focusing on how to make delicious dishes on their own.
Lots of Chinese netizens have uploaded numerous photos of delicious dishes and recipes on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo that they have come up with while staying at home amid the ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
The hashtag #Delicous Dish Diary at Home on Sina Wiebo has earned more than 430 million views as of Tuesday afternoon. Netizens, including some web celebrities, have joined in the campaign of sharing the food they have cooked.
Another related hashtag #Fighting the Virus with Delicious Food has demonstrated Chinese people's confidence and calm attitude when facing the deadly virus.
Among the many people posting, a well-known food blogger Mizijun posted photos about what she cooked on Sina Weibo and called for netizens to cook for their families.
"Even if you stay at home, you still have many interesting things to do. You will feel happy cooking a meal for your family," she wrote.
The photos were of three dishes including fried cuttlefish. Netizens also shared their dishes in comments under her Sina Weibo such as sparerib soup and shredded chicken noodles.
Some netizens not only posted food they cooked but also shared recipes with others.
"I tried cooking claypot rice this morning and here is the recipe. You are welcome to try it and share your photos with me," a Sina Weibo user wrote.
"Cooking is a smart way to relieve pressure. People easily feel anxious when staying at home for a long time. When I focus on cooking, I can empty my mind and feel relaxed," an employee of a Beijing advertising company who has been home for 12 days told the Global Times on Tuesday.
"I have already researched how to cook burgers, fried chicken wings and Sichuan hot pot. I think I will be able to open a restaurant if I stay at home any longer," she added.
A teacher at a Beijing university surnamed Du said that she has always loved cooking, and with this opportunity, she has come up with many creative dishes.
"I hope my dishes can help my family forget thier fear of the virus and stay healthy," she told the Global Times.