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Why bacon and eggs are not on China’s breakfast menu

Breakfast in China is nothing like it is in the West. Eggs, cereal and fresh fruit hardly ever appear on the menu, instead bland soups and dumplings are slurped down. But just as China has come around to buying Western luxury goods, is there a place for coffee and bacon on the Chinese breakfast table?

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A recent talk at Straight Bamboo, a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinic launched by Alex Tan in Beijing, leaves a group of Western listeners in a thoughtful daze. Some of their life-long dietary convictions have just been shattered. For the last hour, Tan had been putting into question their morning routines of eggs and sausages, muesli and fresh fruit, even their occasional yoghurt smoothie – in short, everything about their breakfast.

In fact, as Tan explains, the Chinese medicinal point of view on breakfast cannot be further removed from what is considered healthy in the West. The ...

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