‘Little Chef’ charms with lockdown cooking shows


Cooking up a storm: Moe Myint May Thu and mother Honey Cho cooking while filming a video at their house in Yangon. — AFP

From boiled catfish soup to spicy fried frog, an eight-year-old in pyjamas and a chef’s hat is delighting Myanmar with her culinary prowess in a nation still being told to stay at home due to the pandemic.

Moe Myint May Thu’s mother posted a video online at the end of April showing off her daughter’s skills as the youngster threw together some spicy fried prawns.

With her wide gap-toothed grin, the video has bounced across social media and brought stardom to the child along with an online moniker: “Little Chef”.

She now sells dishes to order – and is counting the dividends.

“I just love cooking,” she says during a break from the kitchen in her family’s Yangon flat.

“It’s made us happy cooking together in the lockdown,” she says, adding she wants to translate her passion into a career one day.

Each meal sells for a flat-rate of 10,000 kyat (RM31) and is delivered by the family at the end of each day, the whole operation under the guidance of her social influencer mum, Honey Cho.

The business venture is clearly paying off. One posted video shows the youngster feeding a pile of 10,000 kyat notes into her musical moneybox, cash she hopes to put towards a puppy.

“It makes me very happy to see so many people from Myanmar and other countries sharing her videos,” says her mum. — AFP

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