When Hong Kong food critic Chua Lam said hotpot is lacking in culture and should disappear, fans from Chengdu to Bugis rallied to its support.
On a talk show on China's Hunan TV recently, the Singapore-born Chua was asked which dish should disappear. Hotpot, said the 77-year-old. "Because it is the cooking method that is the least cultured. You just throw whatever has been cut into it, what is so tasty about it?"