By Beth Main
It is a truth universally acknowledged that southern China has a sweet tooth and the north takes life with a pinch of salt, but the age old dichotomy between north and south has been emphasised once again in a fierce Weibo debate over some poached eggs.
This fresh round of directional conflict was sparked when a southern woman posted on Weibo about making sweet poached eggs when her northern husband revealed his penchant for savoury eggs, even revealing that he adds coriander.
Taste aside, netizens couldn’t even agree on what the dish is even called! Is it ‘sweet soup poached eggs’, ‘soft boiled eggs’, ‘over boiled eggs’, ‘poached eggs’ (literally: crouching eggs), ‘egg tea’, ‘sweet eggs’ or ‘sweet swallow eggs’?!
Weibo is currently running a poll among users and the northern ‘we eat salty poached eggs in my house’ is currently winning (proud southerners, do your duty).
The debate has been widened to include all differences between northern men and southern men. Allegedly northern men are taller, more manly, and more hot tempered, while their southern counterparts are better at sport, more likely to be politicians, and generally playboys (think Jiang Zemin). I think we can all take this topic with a pinch of salt!
Editorial note: It is Shanghaiist policy that the south of China’s superiority to the north (and, concurrently, Shanghai’s superiority to Beijing) is an irrefutable fact.