Filmed by Roger Hale, March 2012:
Kashgar: the 18-year-old member of the team in clip #147 wanted to have me film him and although he was very photogenic, his manual skill was what I wanted to show. Do not be put off by the opening frames; the picture revolves through 90 degrees quite quickly. Incidentally, if you would like to see how handsome he was, I will happily send you the footage but it is in portrait format.
This team of samza makers are turning out the Kashgar equivalent of baozi , filled with a ubiquitous mix of finely chopped mutton, mutton fat from the fat-tail of the local sheep and plenty of onion, garlic, salt and pepper. The meat and fat are chopped on a tree-stump-chopping block using a great scimitar-shaped cleaver, prior to mixing by hand in big shallow bowls.
Made by an 18-year-old, who has been making them for 4 years.
Stuffed with chopped mutton, mutton fat, onion, herbs, spices.