盆菜 Basin Feast (Hong Kong: Pun Choi)


There should be roast rice-duck and pan-fried prawns on top
Order of the classes are clearly laid out in layers
But the poking chopsticks gradually reverse
the priced five-spice chicken and the lowly pigskin
The Sung army once sought shelter here after defeat
wolfed down the fishermen's reserves from big wooden basins
dining on the beach in crude circles, with no elegance of the past
Away from the capital, they tried wild flavours of the rural folks.

Unable to stay on top, they collapse with general consumption
No escape from touching bottom colors, whether you like it or not,
no way to block exchanges between humble mushrooms and rare squids
Reversed relationships taint each other and affect the purity on top
Nobody can stop the meat juice from trickling down, and let
the bottom-most turnip absorb all the flavors in all its sweetness.


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