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Areca nut palm
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Penang: island of the areca nut palm, literally

Chewed as a stimulant in Southeast Asia, the nut has largely fallen out of fashion in China, where it was taken with betel leaf and lime ash to aid digestion

Areca nut palm Areca nut palm
Areca nut palm
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Wee Kek Koon

Wee Kek Koon

Having lived his whole life in the modern cities of Singapore and Hong Kong, Wee Kek Koon has an inexplicable fascination with the past. He is constantly amazed by how much he can mine from China's history for his weekly column in Post Magazine, which he has written since 2005.