Anpan and green tea. Foods and flavours, much like aromas, can elicit memories, nostalgia and thoughts of what might have been. Photo: Shutterstock
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

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Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Anpan – the Japanese red-bean bun that brought a Singaporean widow comfort in her later years

In ancient China, red beans were called ‘seeds of longing’, and, according to legend, one widow’s grief turned her into a red bean plant. The same cannot be said for this writer’s grandmother, who also lost her husband, but she did have a fondness for anpan

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Anpan and green tea. Foods and flavours, much like aromas, can elicit memories, nostalgia and thoughts of what might have been. Photo: Shutterstock
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