Beer Battle Bowls

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Mark Metcalf had lunch with his in-laws at a great Cantonese restaurant in Taichung, Taiwan.  They shared a bottle of Táiwān píjiǔ 台灣啤酒 ("Taiwan beer") and were given chilled “Hong Kong style” battle bowls – emblazoned with zhàndòu wǎn 戰鬥碗 ("battle bowl") on the side and with shēng 勝 ("victory") on the inside bottom –  to drink it. Neither Mark nor his son had seen such a bowl before, but according to the owner it’s a Hong Kong thing.

Apparently you can buy them for \$NT6 each online or \$US70 (including postage) for a set of four from Amazon.

Here’s what they look like:

Chinese Traditional Way of Drinking Beer – From the Bowl

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  1. Andy Stow said,

    November 14, 2023 @ 1:12 pm

    I was given a bowl like this to drink my Snow Beer from in Wuxi, China.

  2. Peter B. Golden said,

    November 14, 2023 @ 1:37 pm

    Actually, it looks quite elegant. In my grandfather's native Belarus', "harelka" (the local term for vodka) was bought in buckets and consumed therefrom. Bottles and glasses were for "high class" folks.

  3. Linda said,

    November 15, 2023 @ 7:06 am

    What volume do they hold? 250ml or 500ml (half or full pint)?

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