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Thai cooks go for world's biggest omelette

omelette November 16, 1997
Web posted at: 4:08 p.m. EST (2108 GMT)

BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- It was an egg whip-up of giant proportions when over 1,000 cooks with nearly 500 assistants broke 20,999 eggs in an attempt to make the world's largest omelette.

Saturday's event in Chachoengsao province, east of Bangkok, was aimed at promoting egg consumption in Thailand and was sponsored by the Red Cross.

As the 1,100 housewife cooks reached for the big pan, the recipe was no secret:

  • 1,500 kilograms (3,300 pounds) of eggs

  • 1,100 liters (260 gallons) of vegetable oil

  • 31.5 liters (8.2 gallons) of fish sauce

  • 8 liters (2 gallons) of lemon juice

The stirred eggs were sprayed into a giant-size frying pan from a total of 140 hoses.

Even though the cooks whipped up enough cholesterol for a national heart attack, the local governor was able to link a healthy diet with a healthy economy.

"Eggs are considered the most nutritional and cheapest food, and so this project positively responds to the current economic slump," said Chachoengsao Gov. Thirawat Kullawnit.

Thailand is in the midst of an economic crisis and prices of most things, including food, are rising dramatically.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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