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Old 03-18-2013, 12:59 PM   #99
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Originally Posted by Volvoguy View Post
Well, you guys are missing the point with expensive Chinese delicacies.

The taste is not the primary factor, it's really meant to be used as a peace offering or a sign of respect.

Shark fin soup/ bird's nest is coveted for it's rarity/price.

So say you have guest over, and you take them to a dinner. It is a sign of respect to order those dishes for the table. I don't think anyone orders them due to taste.

Also Chinese new money is everywhere, and they just buy it because they have run out of things to splurge on eg: check out walnut prices, jade, real estate, gold, art paintings in China.
i think youre missing the point of food. they could just as well get a delicacy that's rare and still tastes good.
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