Notes: Mung beans, according to Chinese physicians,
have a 'cooling' effect on the body, so this is a very popular
dish in summer. Read about the medicinal properties of mung
beans in Chinese
System of Food Cures. The dish can also be served cold or hot.
Chinese rarely sit down to a lunch or dinner that does not include soup (in the case of noodle soup, soup is the meal). Unlike the Western custom of having soup before the main course, Chinese prefer to eat soup during or towards the end of a meal. At a casual meal people tend to pick up the bowl and drink directly from it; in a more formal setting, spoons are required. At a banquet several soup dishes may be consumed, always with the traditional flat-bottomed ceramic spoon.