puff! A flame burst out of the furnace, and sheep's oil squeaked.
Abdullah Wulasimu (pictured, taken by our reporter Dai Linfeng) rhythmically turned the skewers into a bunch of kebabs, grabbed a handful of cumin with his hands, spread them evenly, and smelt the nose. This firework-filled Abrajiang barbecue king restaurant is only 300 meters away from Bayi Square in the center of Nanchang, Jiangxi Province.
Many people don't know that the Uyghur man with 44 chain stores was hawking along the street for a living.
Abdullah often said: "Each of my stores is a window of national unity. In these years, I can't do anything in Nanchang without the help of Han brothers ..."
In September 2002, Abdullah and his wife arrived in Nanchang on the hard seat of a train for 5 days and 5 nights. Due to the lack of time to clear the passenger and freight, the couple encountered a dilemma as soon as they got off the train-the 320 kg of raisins checked in was still in transit, leaving only 40 yuan in cash in their pockets.
Fortunately, the enthusiastic people around him reached out to help, this bottle of water, the other sent frying powder, helping the couple spend 3 days in the train station.
The northern foot of the Kunlun Mountains and the southern edge of the Taklimakan Desert, Motian County, Xinjiang, on the Gobi Oasis is the hometown of Abdullah. In 1997, with relatives coming to the mainland, Abdullah successively moved to Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi and other places to sell sweet Xinjiang raisins. "Two dollars for one or two" became the first sentence of the Abdullah Society.
"Brother, where's your Xinjiang?" "Two dollars for one or two." "Do you still sell other dried fruits?" "Two dollars for one or two." ...
"At that time, I often asked questions and made no appearances," Abdullah laughed. However, this did not become an obstacle for Abdullah to communicate with others. Instead, the amused citizens enthusiastically greeted him with business.
"Customers saw me coming all the way, never bargained, and some said" Thank you "after paying." These details made Abdullah feel the temperature of the red land under his feet.
When he settled in Nanchang, Abdullah couldn't find a suitable place for a while because of tight hands. After the relevant authorities in Nanchang learned of the situation, Lu Tingyang, a real estate agent, was commissioned to help the couple settle down and promised Abdullah to make money before paying the rent.
Nanchang has a lot of rain in summer, and the dried fruit business enters the off-season. How to find a new business?
By chance, Abdullah met an elder sister who sells pancakes. "Her business is very good. It's not easy to see me. She taught me the technique of spreading cakes without any reservations." In 2007, after completing his studies, Abdullah set up a pancake stall in the square of Nanchang Railway Station. Since then, he has gradually established a foothold in Nanchang.
"Make friends with good people, your flowers will bloom." This Uyghur proverb, Abdullah often hangs on his mouth.
In 2010, Nanchang City comprehensively improved the surrounding environment of the railway station. In the face of the withdrawal request of the urban management, Abdullah was very unclear. Xu Yong, a policeman from the West Lake Branch of Nanchang Public Security Bureau, came to do Abdullah's ideological work and patiently explained related policies.
"Setting up a stall is not a long-term plan. Only with a store can we take root in Nanchang." Xu Yong's words made Abdullah aware of the importance of entering a store and soon rented a shop to operate a barbecue business. Since then, business has been on track. In 2017, Abdullah registered a restaurant management company and now has 44 chain stores and more than 240 employees.
"When handling store opening procedures, the departments of market supervision, taxation, and urban management opened me a green channel and arranged staff to help me apply for a license. They often told me to work hard and build a brand; if there are difficulties, everyone will find a way. "When it comes to opening a store, Abdullah has a lot to say.
Entering the Abrajiang Barbecue King Restaurant, if you pay close attention, you will find that the oven is set indoors, and the long chimney leads directly to the roof of the third floor. "We clean it regularly every month. Roasted mutton is easy to smoke, and no one wants to get suffocated as soon as the window is opened." Abdullah, who is thick and thin, said.
"Abdullah not only does a good job, but also always thinks about others." Zhang Jizong, a merchant near the barbecue restaurant, told reporters. Because the public toilets are far away, it is inconvenient for nearby businesses to release their hands. In August this year, Abdullah took advantage of the opportunity to renovate the restaurant, transforming the bathroom in his store into a street-opening door for everyone to use for free.
"Helping others has also established an image for myself. Each of my stores has to be a window of national unity." Abdullah said.
"Xinjiang and Jiangxi are both my home, the same home, the same pro." Abdullah said.
In order to drive more villagers to increase their income and become rich, with the support of party organizations in Jiangxi and Xinjiang, Abdullah raised the burden of the captain of the management service team of Hotan workers. For those folks who are willing to work in the Mainland, Abdullah first arranged to work in his own restaurant to learn skills such as cooking and grilling, and to provide interest-free start-up funds for those who performed well. Abdullah also invested tens of thousands of yuan to establish a national general language training center in cooperation with Dingluo Street, Xihu District. Currently, six training courses have been held, and more than 200 people have participated in the training.
Ruze Tuoheti, who had been a waiter at the Abrajiang Barbecue King Restaurant, came to Nanchang from his hometown of Hetian last year. After more than a year of study, he chose "solo" in May this year and opened his own barbecue . "Abdullah helped me with the rental of the facade and the renovation. I also provided 20,000 yuan for the start-up capital." Talking about the current life, Rutoti was very satisfied.
Take root in the red land and bloom the flower of solidarity. Through the needle guide of the Nanchang Municipal Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs, Abdullah has paired up with some difficult households and will visit with fresh lamb and condolences every New Year. The restaurant staff also voluntarily set up volunteer service teams to subsidize poor students and condolences to the elderly, and went to Nanchang No. 17 Middle School to preach the first lesson of ethnic unity for newly enrolled Tibetan students.
On the National Day of this year, Dingluo Jiedao organized a "Dinning National Day Noodles and Watching National Day Parade" in the restaurant of Abdullah, with more than 100 migrant workers participating.
"With the help of the party members' brothers, I opened the shop smoothly, and the business is getting better and better, and I want to be like them," Abdullah wrote in the application for membership. After training and inspection by the party organization, in August this year, Abdullah finally achieved his wish. "I am honored to be a Communist in the old revolutionary district."
People's Daily (07 December 19, 2019)
Editor-in-chief: Wang Diantong