Shanghai: Visitors to
a fast-food restaurant in Shanghai may be pleasantly surprised
when they are served food cooked by two robot chefs.
The robot chefs at the Wishdoing restaurant on Shanghai's Nanjing
Road can cook delicious Chinese cuisine within three minutes. They
can serve customers eight popular dishes, including "crowd-puller
dishes" like Kung Pao chicken, spicy diced chicken with peanuts
and Mapo Tofu, bean curd with chilli sauce.
The workers only have to press buttons on the robots to choose a
dish and they will display the name of the ingredients and their
quantities, the Shanghai Daily reported.
In appearance, the robots look like huge kitchen surfaces equipped
with iron pots.
It only takes three minutes for a robot to clean the pot from a
previous meal, stir the ingredients, finish cooking and then move
the food onto a plate for serving.
Although the robots cost 200,000 yuan ($30,350) each, the fast
food chain is planning to install them in all of its 100 outlets
across the country, said an official surnamed Ma, working with the
restaurant's parent company, Shanghai Qi Ding Food Development Co.
The robots were earlier displayed at the Shanghai World Expo in
2010 and attracted a lot of attention, Ma said.
"We believe the cooking robots will become a trend in the future
for the fast food industry as they guarantee low-carbon emission,
food safety and standard tastes that don't change from one outlet
The coming of the robots has, however, raised concerns among some
chefs, who are worried they could lose the jobs.
But Ma said the concern was totally unnecessary.
"The robot chefs will be one part of the restaurant, but it
doesn't mean that we would abandon traditional cooking methods."