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If Buddha jumps over the wall with a pork elbow, we’re happy to ...

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If Buddha jumps over the wall with a pork elbow, we’re happy to stay home

Ready-made reunion dinners are all the rage in China for lunar new year festivities as families opt to bunker down

Sophie Yu, Brenda Goh and Xiaoyu Yin

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

The reunion 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 coming into fashion, as time-starved urbanites seek quick solutions. Shortcuts are especially welcome for complicated traditional dishes such as braised dongpo pork elbow or Buddha jumps over the wall, a meat and seafood stew that can require up to 30 ingredients...

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