China city misses Guinness fried rice title because of wastage


Guinness World Records has denied a Chinese city’s bid for the biggest serving of fried rice ever cooked, saying Yangzhou violated rules by wasting 150 kilograms of the feast.

According to a posting on the record book’s Chinese microblog, organizers said 4 metric tons of cooked fried rice was distributed to five different outlets. However, it said a portion had been handled inappropriately, violating the organization’s rules requiring that the food be edible and not be wasted.

Local media quoted the Yangzhou tourism bureau as saying some of the rice was considered inedible and sent to a farm to feed pigs.

Yangzhou fried rice is famed in China and throughout the world for its creative use of ingredients, including carrots, peas and ham.

Local media said the record attempt last Thursday involved 300 cooks frying up the dish in individual woks before ladling it into one giant bowl for presentation. Most of it was then distributed to schools that had taken part in the event.

According to Guinness’ website, the Turkey Culinary Federation holds the current record for fried rice, having served up 3,150 kg of the dish on Sept. 27, 2014.