How a Bankrupt Foodie Finds a Way Out
Back in the day there was a Shanghainese man named Shen Jingsi who was so fond of eating that he spent all his inheritance on food alone. He practically sold his property and land just to partake of another tasty morsel or two.
He was so keen on eating that he became “the uncrowned king” in the food industry and gained quite a reputation in society at large. When famous chefs from the north or south went to Shanghai to pursue their culinary career, they might not care to see other people, but Mr. Shen was a must-see person.
Later Mr. Shen lost it all and was destitute, but had no skills other than eating. He went out to apply for a job and was asked, “What can you do?”
He answered promptly, “I know how to eat.”
So people reported to Mayor Chen Yi, saying that there was a person with no skills other than an unparalleled expertise at the art of eating, the question was posed what job he would be fit for?
The latter replied, “This man with a voracious appetite gourmet cuisine must be quite a fellow. Spending your entire life on food and eating yourself out of house and home is not an easy thing to do. Let him work as a professional dish taster in the Shanghai International Restaurant.”
From then on, the Shanghai International Restaurant boasted exceptional quality dishes, which was i nextricably linked to Mr. Shen’s finicky sensibilities. He was paid a monthly salary of approximately 200 yuan for his services, a very high salary at the time he took the job.
( From LifeandPeople , Issue 19, 2017. Translation: Lu Qiongyao)