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Ever wished you could cook lunch right at your desk?

By Song Jingyi and Arianna James(Chen Qianru)(intern) | | Updated: 2017-08-11 07:00

Be it a salad, a microwaved meal or packaged ramen, we have all prepared light lunches in our offices for convenience's sake; but how would you go about organizing tender, grilled steak for lunch? Or perhaps, some Sichuan-style hot pot? Would flame-broiled fish tickle your fancy? Ms Yeah has cooked all of the above and more at her office desk, and is now known by many as "The Office Chef". Ms Yeah has taken office lunches to a whole new level.

The Scoop on 'The Office Chef'

Social networks have enabled online users from across the globe to tap into another person's life outside of their own, into another city, another moment, and perhaps, right into another person's meal. The idea of cooking in an office does not sound like a viable option, but Ms Yeah manages to make it happen by using the things she finds laying around her office.

Ever wished you could cook lunch right at your desk?
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Ms Yeah, 23, is from Chengdu, capital of Southwest China's Sichuan province, and has recently gone viral for her videos of cooking in her office. Some of her most popular clips take her audience on a journey as she cooks popcorn with a cut-up soda can and a tea candle; makes hotpot, a popular Sichuan dish, in an aluminum foil bowl; and steams dumplings using a clothes steamer. Ms Yeah often uses widely available office supplies to aid her in her making office meals. Previously, the light bulbs in her office have doubled as ovens and charcoal grills, and computer monitors have become pans and water dispensers doubling as pots. Ms Yeah uses her creativity and ingenuity, utilizing everything in her environment for the sake of her culinary pursuits.

The hot press of the clothing iron against the thin cuts of beef must have wafted a delicious aroma around the room, a usual occurrence in Ms Yeah's office nowadays. Though many tune in for Ms Yeah's creativity and ingenuity in making her cooking utensils and recipes, she has also delved into the beauty blogger sphere.

Ms Yeah has taken a step further with her creative use in household objects, by taking food and repurposing it as makeup. In a recent video, she creates makeup by using flour, cocoa powder, water and sesame oil. In place of the ever-popular Beauty Blender, she uses jumbo marshmallows and applies her bake with some more rice flour. With even more cocoa powder, she is not only able to do her eyebrows, but also able to apply her eye shadow. By snipping off her co-worker's hair, and with the aid of a binder clip and a lighter, she is then able to make faux eyelashes for herself. With chili oil and juice from crushed dragon fruit, she gives herself some bright pink lip-gloss and blush. Even more hilariously, she repurposed some Oreos and paperclips as her newest on trend earrings.

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