|image from Christie's website|
The model above, although six or seven hundred years old, looks strikingly similar to this modern-day altar, arranged for Chinese New Year in Bangkok (sans sugar cane). For anyone interested in food customs and preparations during the Ming Dynasty in general, this is a fascinating page, providing such recipes as "Stir Fried Chicken Legs with Mushrooms" as prepared by a monk in the Wuhu Buddhist Temple, who "cleaned the chicken legs and mushrooms in water . . . then added oil and wine to a wok and stir–fried . . . until they were well done."
|From the webpage "Ancestor Worship in Toaism"|
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