Many people believe Chinese meals have always included shared dishes. This is not entirely true. Photo: Shutterstock Many people believe Chinese meals have always included shared dishes. This is not entirely true. Photo: Shutterstock
Many people believe Chinese meals have always included shared dishes. This is not entirely true. Photo: Shutterstock
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Sharing dishes – and viruses – was not always a characteristic of Chinese cuisine

  • Communal dining has been associated with helping spread the coronavirus in Hong Kong and Singapore
  • A look back through antiquity shows that, for the upper classes at least, individual dishes were preferred

Many people believe Chinese meals have always included shared dishes. This is not entirely true. Photo: Shutterstock Many people believe Chinese meals have always included shared dishes. This is not entirely true. Photo: Shutterstock
Many people believe Chinese meals have always included shared dishes. This is not entirely true. Photo: Shutterstock
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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.