Ready-made reunion dinners come into vogue in China

Author of the article: BEIJING — Diners in China turned to ready-made dishes for their annual reunion dinners on the eve of the Lunar New Year holiday, as busy schedules and new offerings from restaurants and supermarkets prompt a shift in traditions. The reunion, on Monday this year, is customary for many Chinese-speaking communities around…
Ready-made reunion dinners come into vogue in China

Author of the article:

BEIJING — Diners in China turned to ready-made dishes for their annual reunion dinners on the eve of the Lunar New Year holiday, as busy schedules and new offerings from restaurants and supermarkets prompt a shift in traditions.

The reunion, on Monday this year, is customary for many Chinese-speaking communities around the world. Families traditionally get together for a freshly prepared feast to mark the end of a year and welcome another.

But in China ready-made dishes or meals, which are pre-prepared and can be warmed up in a few minutes, are now coming into fashion as time-starved urbanites seek quick solutions. Shortcuts are especially welcome for complicated traditional dishes like braised “Dongpo Pork Elbow” or “Buddha Jumps Over the Wall,” a meat-and-seafood stew that can require up to 30 ingredients.

Concerns over COVID-19, due to a spate of new clusters, are also prompting some families to avoid holding reunion dinners at restaurants.

“Last year I had to spend days to prepare the New Year Eve dinner,” said Li Wei, a 32-year-old teacher who decided to pre-order dishes for her family’s reunion dinner from a well-known Beijing restaurant.

“I learned from media reports that ready-made dishes are popular, and that sounds a perfect solution to me as I am not a good cook anyway.”

Supermarkets and restaurants are rushing to meet the demand.

Alibaba Group’s Freshippo supermarket chain is offering Lunar New Year ready-made meal sets priced from 688 yuan ($108.17) to as much as 3,888 yuan ($611.42), and Dingdong Maicai, another fresh-food delivery platform, sells easy-to-cook dishes for the holiday, such as sweet rice pudding.

Earlier this month, the Shanghai Restaurants Cuisine Association said places it recommended for takeaway or delivery of Spring Festival meals had more than tripled to 1,616 restaurants, from 434 last year.

In Beijing on Monday afternoon, staff at the Red Chamber restaurant packed braised lobster into takeaway boxes as customers arrived to pick up their orders.

“Due to the pandemic, a certain proportion of our customers want to have their reunion dinners at home,” said Jack Zhang, deputy director of food and beverage at hotel China World Summit Wing, Beijing which houses the Red Chamber restaurant. “So our sales performance is still steady and growing.”

($1 = 6.3590 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Sophie Yu, Brenda Goh and Xiaoyu Yin; Editing by Richard Chang)

Financial Post Top Stories

Sign up to receive the daily top stories from the Financial Post, a division of Postmedia Network Inc.

By clicking on the sign up button you consent to receive the above newsletter from Postmedia Network Inc. You may unsubscribe any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our emails. Postmedia Network Inc. | 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4 | 416-383-2300

Read More

Total
0
Shares
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Posts
Philip Morris Holland Holdings B.V. Extends the Acceptance Period for the Recommended Cash Offer to the Shareholders of Swedish Match AB Until October 21, 2022
Read More

Philip Morris Holland Holdings B.V. Extends the Acceptance Period for the Recommended Cash Offer to the Shareholders of Swedish Match AB Until October 21, 2022

Author of the article: BERGEN OP ZOOM, Netherlands — This announcement is not an offer, whether directly or indirectly, in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, or South Africa or in any other jurisdiction where such offer pursuant to legislation and regulations in such relevant jurisdiction would be prohibited by applicable law. Shareholders not resident…
Musk says Tesla could lower vehicle prices if inflation slows
Read More

Musk says Tesla could lower vehicle prices if inflation slows

This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Author of the article: Article content Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Friday the electric automaker could lower prices for cars if inflation calms down. Musk, who has over 100 million followers on Twitter, was replying to a tweet on Friday…