China is witnessing a surge in popularity of a “tough” dish that is made from stones and has gone viral on social media.
According to media reports, this dish, made with flavorful stones, resembles a chicken karahi, except that instead of chicken, it contains stones that you can simply suck on. The origins of this dish can be traced back to the eastern Chinese province of Hubei.
Diners are instructed to suck on the seasonings applied to the stones while eating the dish, hence its name Suodiu, which means “suck and discard” in Chinese.
Last week, videos of Suodiu appeared on all Chinese social media platforms, leading to its popularity among social media users worldwide.
Skilled chefs place sizzling hot stones on a plate, drizzle them with chili oil, and sprinkle garlic chutney over them. Then, they add cloves and chopped peppers, followed by the roasting of the stones along with the seasonings.