Mr. Wong’s unique skills include cutting, slicing, and flipping vegetables at lightning speed, simultaneously looking at and chatting with people
There is no argument among the people living in the Guangling Children’s Home, adults or kids, over the statement that Mr.Wong’s cooking is awesome! He strikes a nearly perfect balance among techniques, color, and nutrition, as well as styles in his cooking. Needless to say, the kids love his cooking. Even the new staff member, Shi Huili, who doesn’t eat much at all due to her sickness now has a bigger appetite for his cooking.
There are some samples of the weekly menu Mr. Wong created. What do you think? Isn’t his handwriting neat?
Owing to his experience of serving in the military, cooking 3 meals every day for 30 plus soldiers, he has no problem doing everything in the kitchen by himself. He changes the menu on a weekly basis to meet the health needs and tastes of the kids. The variety and variation of the menu often attracts the kids to want to find out what will be served for the next day or two. They want to know in advance, so they can wait for their favorite meal expectantly.
Mr. Wong gives the kids their haircuts in his spare time
Besides being a great cook, Mr. Wong is quite skilled in another area, that is in giving haircuts. The public school which our kids attend have strict requirements for hair style. It can be summed up as long hair is not allowed, applying to both boys and girls. Getting a haircut costs about 10 yuan per child in a typical barber shop, a big expenditure for the Children’s Home. So Mr. Wong took up another job: giving the kids’ their haircuts. Don’t underestimate his ability in this job; he actually enjoys quite a fine reputation for his excellence in this skill. He started to learn the skill when he was only 15. After joining the military at 18, he cut the hair for all soldiers in his unit. Before coming to the Children’s Home, he also gave free haircuts to his colleagues at the previous workplace. One of the colleagues even wrote a poem paying tribute to his excellent skills and heart of service.
Mr. Wong is an observant and caring uncle in the eyes of the kids. If a kid is recently picky with food, or if a kid eats too much and too fast, Mr. Wong can spot it immediately. He often gives reminders to the kids while they are eating, such as not to waste food, only get what you can eat, wash hands before eating, dry the chopsticks and spoons after cleaning, don’t use too much dish detergent, etc. Kind and caring reminders like these are said by him all the time.
Kids play board games and learn tricks from Mr. Wong.
When asked how he views his current job, its meaning and value, Mr. Wong answered with a smile, “Whatever job I hold, when it is my responsibility, I give it my best. It is simply an obligation to do it wholeheartedly. ”