In our monthly series 'Getting Moderately Deep With... ' we ask a food vendor tough questions. Well, sort-of tough.
This month, we speak with Xiao Yin, who makes dumplings at a restaurant in Beijing.
How are you feeling today?
Pretty good, nothing special. Busy as usual.
What's the first thing you thought when you woke up this morning?
I need to get going and wake up my kid.
Who is your best customer?
Maybe the [UnTour food tours] because they are in and out. They grab the food and leave right away.
Who are your worst customers?
The kind who waste my time and stay forever.
Which living person do you most admire?
Hard to say, but probably my idol, Andy Lau.
What is your idea of the perfect day?
I work every day with a positive attitude.
When and where are you happiest?
At my house, when I'm making a point and my husband is not arguing with me.
Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to own a small business.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Working in this kitchen. Everyone here is kind and down-to-earth. They all treat me decently.
If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
Nothing. My life is perfect.
What is your most treasured possession?
What trait do you most value in a person?
Honesty. This is the most important thing.
What is it that you most dislike?
Lying. It’s the opposite of honesty.
What is your motto?
Hard to say, maybe "silence is golden”?
What always makes you laugh?
Any time I make money.
What's the most surprising thing that's happened to you?
When my child got good grades in school.
Which era of Beijing's history would you most like to have lived in?
The primitive era, because I've never experienced anything like that in my life!
Who is your hero?
Maybe you, because I’d like to speak English one day, like you do.
Try Xiao’s dumplings at Crippled Brothers in Beixinqiao, Beijing, or on a dinner tour with UnTour food tours (visit untourfoodtours.com for more information)
Photo by Phillip Baumgart