This Shop Makes 60,000 Buns by Hand in 1 Week

Buns, buns, towers of buns! Every year, a small island in Hong Kong celebrates a bun festival, where tens of thousands of these delicious snacks are stacked into towers several stories high. They’re all made by hand at Kwok Kam…

This Shop Makes 60,000 Buns by Hand in 1 Week

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Buns, buns, towers of buns! Every year, a small island in Hong Kong celebrates a bun festival, where tens of thousands of these delicious snacks are stacked into towers several stories high.

They’re all made by hand at Kwok Kam Kee, a small, family-run shop that’s been doing it for over 40 years.

The festivities started as a plea to the gods after a plague swept through the island. The residents made offerings to them to fend off evil spirits, hence the towers of buns reaching the heavens.

Today, the main festival event is a race where athletes climb up a tower of fake, plastic buns and collect as many as they can while reaching the top.

But for Kwok Kam Kee, the race against the clock began a week before the festival, when bakers pitch in to make 60,000 buns before the big day. We got a behind-the-scenes look at how they do it.

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Producer: Venus Wu
Script Writers: Kari Lindberg and Venus Wu
Videographers: Hanley Chu and Venus Wu
Editor: Hanley Chu
Mastering: Joel Roche

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