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Here’s a thread that nobody asked for comparing today’s urgent global problems to dim sum.
1/14 Nuclear Weapons v. Xiao Long Bao: Treat with respect or face intense explosion, third degree burns and worse. Experts disagree on how to handle in a never-ending debate. Also, it’s a challenging dish to make. #globalzero #nuclearweapons
2/14 Climate Crisis v. Chicken Feet: Look, you can’t soft sell this. It’s not chicken “change” for chrissakes. It’s the most intimidating item on the table, and there’s no disguising it for what it is. Deniers are vocal. #climatechange #globalwarming
3/14 Food and Water Security v. Shrimp Dumplings: A must-have, bite-sized staple. At dim sum houses, the cart lady with har gow is always the most popular person on the floor. #foodsecurity #watersecurity
4/14 Human Rights v. Siu Mai: A basic fundamental that all need for well-being—regardless of where you're from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life. It’s a dish that everyone’s chopsticks should fight for. #humanrights
5/14 Totalitarian Regimes v. Stinky Tofu: Not typical fare at many dim sum joints, but seems to be getting more “popular.” Toxic and overpowering. Send it back. #totalitarianism
6/14 #MeToo v. Stuffed Eggplant: Stick a fork in it. Harder. 🍆 #MeToo
7/14 Alien Invasion v. Deep-Fried Taro Dumplings: When dim sum amateurs take a gander at wu gok and see that it looks like a sea sponge, they go for the egg rolls instead. #aliens #area51
8/14 Inequality v. Pork Buns (Baked): Is it just me, or does the gap between the lightly glazed bun and the rich, savory char siu inside bother anyone? #inequality
9/14 Government Corruption v. Pork Buns (Steamed): Is it just me, or does the alluring white dough undermine the legitimacy of the filling? (Note to self: Lighten up.) #corruption
10/14 Lack of Education v. Ordering From the Kitchen: There’s no poverty of items to choose from, but go ahead. Once you learn the dim sum ropes, though, you’ll be forever enlightened and enriched. #education #poverty
11/14 Terrorism v. Tripe Stew: A polarizing dish that gets better (or worse) with the amount of hot oil you put on it. Also, it’s organ meat. #terrorism
12/14 Abandoned Pets v. Tea: It’s not called “yum cha” for nothing. Your choices span a spectrum of brews to perfectly complement your meal. And they’re all unique in their own special way. Adopt a favorite. No factory brews here. #ClearTheShelters #AdoptAPet #HumaneSociety
13/14 Homelessness v. Steamed Ribs with Black Bean Sauce: Pork ribs chopped into tiny pieces and a total mess of mostly bones. Not a lot of meat to go around. I don’t think this is a problem that’s too big to solve, but I’m just a rando on Twitter. #homelessness #homeless
14/14 Pollution v. Dim Sum Hall: Sensory overload happens when all hell breaks loose—like in a dim sum hall. It’s crowded and deafening, with strong aromas and too-bright fluorescent lighting. Don’t get me started on the restrooms. This is kinda what pollution is like. #pollution
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