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Tea is served, but first, you'll have to do the washing-up

A new fortnightly column on latest buzz in Hong Kong

Having diners clean their cups - using hot tea in what looks like a mixing bowl - before eating, is said to be a cheap and effective way of getting items cleaned to the customers' liking.

YOU'VE sat down, ordered your dim sum, and been elbowed by an old lady from the next table who's wildly gesturing and yelling at her companions over the restaurant's din.

Having moved yourself a safe distance away, you're back to waiting for plates and chopsticks to be laid out so you can...

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