While I usually try to keep myself from spiraling down a clickbait black hole, a couple of days ago I stumbled upon the videos of Ms. Yeah – and she has since become my uncontested favorite thing on the internet. I found out about her while scrolling through my twitter feed – a friend of mine had posted one of her videos titled “Wanna make a tender and juicy steak on tile?“, and I couldn’t resist giving the video a watch.
The video shows Ms. Yeah – a young, Chinese woman, cooking a full steak on a piece of tile on her desk. The video begins with her pushing her computer back, and rigging up a contraption made of a metal bowl wedged between two bricks, with a tile on top. She then fills the bowl with wood and lights it on fire. We then watch as she melts some butter, and literally cooks an entire steak on the tile.
That’s Ms. Yeah’s thing – she makes elaborate meals in her actual office, using her actual office supplies. Some of her other videos show her making ice cream from a fire extinguisher, making soup in a water cooler, and knitting fresh made pasta dough into instant ramen noodles.
There’s a lot to unpack from Ms. Yeah’s videos. The idea of making meals from office supplies could very easily be just another gimmick like the Tiny Kitchen videos (which I also admittedly love), but the fact that she is doing all of this in her actual office adds a level of absurdity and humor to the videos. Shouldn’t she be working? How is she not getting fired for making a stew in a shared water cooler? Her videos come with all of the normal satisfaction of watching delicious food being made, but they just become more and more hilarious as you watch her coworkers glancing over at her as she builds these ridiculous contraptions, and lights actual fires on their communal tables.
Part of the appeal of her videos, of course, also must come from the old and cliché attraction to beautiful things being made in everyday environments. The same appeal which made us love and feel so attached to The Office, which also found beauty in the mundane. But the fact that her videos aren’t scripted, or even angled, in any way makes them such an honest and candid window into someone’s day to day life at an office.
Whatever it is that makes Ms. Yeah’s videos so great, it is definitely working. She created her account two months ago and has only sixteen videos, but has in that time has received over seventy five thousand followers and millions of plays. She describes herself in the about page of her YouTube account as “a walking recipe from Mars”, and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us.