Sunday 25 Feb 2018 | 15:11 | SYDNEY
Sunday 25 Feb 2018 | 15:11 | SYDNEY

Reader riposte: Asia's rice bowl



23 June 2010 14:54

Pete Speer responds to Michael Fullilove's observation that it can be difficult to get rice in Beijing's restaurants:

Back in the time I served on the US Forces Japan N-2 Staff (1968-71) it was the custom to serve rice only at the end of the many-coursed meal in Japanese-style restaurants. It was explained that rice was served to make you full in the stomach, and Lord betide you if you did not leave a small morsel of rice in the bowl or you would get another. Finishing the bowl meant that you still must be hungry.

In other words, it was an indirect sign of affluence. Could it be that the custom has now moved to the PRC?

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