Once the eggs no longer ooze, 230 kilograms of pork are added and mixed around until it is cooked thoroughly. Then 735 kilograms of rice are dispersed, one giant pot full at a time. The rice is dug into from the bottom and flipped to the top in an effort to blend ingredients together. Later gallon jugs of soy sauce join the food in the pan, turning the rice from white to the familiar brown hue.
Finally 35 kilograms of chili peppers, 53 kilograms of onions, 260 kilograms of chicken, 120 kilograms of ham and 20 kilograms of Chinese chorizo are gradually heaved, folded and stirred into the concoction until a time span of three hours passes.
The result is a Guinness World Record fried rice, a feat that was achieved Tuesday thanks to the efforts of 52 Chinese chefs from different Chinese restaurants.
The Asociación Colonia China en Costa Rica and the Municipalidad de San José organized the official attempt. It was chosen as a way to celebrate the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, which began Sunday. Chinese across the world will celebrate for the next two weeks the welcoming of the year of the snake.
Chefs arrived at 6 a.m. to prep for the work ahead of them. The cooking of the rice began at 10 a.m. Onlookers patiently peered from the sidelines talking to each other using expressions such as “Que rico,” “There’s still white rice on the bottom” and “What is lacking?”
As the ingredients piled in, the looks on the chef’s faces changed from smiles to gazes of exhaustion. When one’s arms grew too weary from the manipulation of the shovel, another chef jumped in to take over.
At approximately 1 p.m., the anticipation was over as the time
of truth arrived.
Guinness inspector Briton Ralph Hannah weighed the final dish at 837 kilograms (about 1,841 pounds), earning Costa Rica the title for now.
From the dish, 7,000 plates were served up. During the wait, members of the Chinese community gave performances to entertain the crowds and keep the celebration spirit going.