Wait­ing for the Del­i­cacy


Special Focus - - Contents - Wei Rongchi 韦荣驰

RJ.Guo, a leg­endary Chi­nese Amer­i­can pas­try chef, made his desserts a house­hold name and the top choice at par­ties and events for peo­ple from many dif­fer­ent so­cial classes in just sev­eral years. It’s be­lieved that it’s not only the taste that makes Guo’s dessert so popular—but that there is also some un­known se­cret to his suc­cess.

Once at a busi­ness gath­er­ing, some peo­ple asked Guo to share his se­cret of suc­cess. To re­ply, Guo told a story.

When Guo opened his first pas­try shop in Bos­ton, he had a very thriv­ing busi­ness. If such a trend con­tin­ued, he would in­evitably de­velop a chain of stores. One day, when Guo was study­ing a new type of rice cake dessert, he re­al­ized that the rice used for dessert could only be found in China. How­ever, if he left the shop and went to China for the rice, it might af­fect the busi­ness. Fi­nally, he bought a flight back to China and closed the shop for some time.

It took him two months to get the raw ma­te­ri­als he needed. He got the rice for the dessert af­ter trav­el­ing 200 km and ar­riv­ing at a vil­lage in Longji. This town was sit­u­ated on the rice ter­races in Guilin, Guangxi Prov­ince. Dur­ing that trip, he heard that there was de­li­cious and

au­then­tic honey in Yun­nan. So he took a 3-hour flight, 3-hour our ride, and then walked for an­other three hours to buy pure wild honey ey for his desserts in a re­mote vil­lage in Xi­meng County, Pu’er City, Yun­nan.n.

When he got every­thing he needed and re­turned to Amer­ica, er­ica, he fi­nally made au­then­tic Chi­nese rice cake desserts, though a num­ber um­ber of cus­tomers had left. His clien­tele was re­stored a year later.

Af­ter this, some­thing sur­pris­ing hap­pened. In the fol­low­ing ng years, he would re­turn to China and find ma­te­ri­als for months at times,mes but his busi­ness was never af­fected in the same way as the first time. On the con­trary, there would be more cus­tomers ev­ery time he re­turned to Bos­ton. What hap­pened?

When Guo pre­pared the dessert, he put all his ef­forts in it. The care­fully se­lected raw ma­te­ri­als and exquisite crafts­man­ship re­ceived recog­ni­tion from the cus­tomers. The cus­tomers do not think it’s a bad thing for Guo to leave the shop, but rather they are happy for his ad­ven­ture. They knew ev­ery time when Guo comes back, there will be some new and tasty dessert. For such qual­ity, they’re will­ing to wait sev­eral months for his del­i­ca­cies.

(From ChaozhouDaily, April 5, 2017.Trans­la­tion:Li Li)


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