Roasted pig is one of the most important food offerings when visiting your ancestor’s tomb during Qing Ming. However, a whole roasted pig can cost a bomb especially when it’s high in demand.
That’s why this creative woman decided to improvise, but her mother-in-law wasn’t too happy about it!
For this year’s Qing Ming, a woman surnamed Lee decided to change things up a little bit in order to save some cash. She interestingly replaced the O.G. roasted pig with a loaf of bread shaped like a pig that she ordered from a bakery in Guangzhou, China.
Appearance-wise, the bread looked almost like the real deal and it even had the golden brown crust that resembles crispy pig skin! Price wise, the bread is much more forgiving and wayyy cheaper than a roasted pig. Ok lah, at least can save cost!
On the day before Qing Ming, Lee arrived at the cemetery with the pig-shaped bread and her mother-in-law went berserk. She saw the bread as an insult to their ancestors and family, even calling Lee ‘unfilial’.
Lee was saddened as her plan to save money backfired. In the previous years, she would spend a few hundred Yuan to place an order of roasted pig from a local restaurant during the lead up to Qing Ming. Understandably, the pig costs quite a lot of money and has become financial burden for her.
On top of that, the roasted pig would usually end up in the rubbish bin because her family can’t completely finish it due to its enormous size.
“It’s the thoughts that count when we offer food to our ancestors. It doesn’t matter if it’s a roasted pig or a pig-shaped bread, they all represent our thoughts,” Lee said.
It was reported that the pig-shaped bread only cost 39.90 Yuan (approx RM24.50) and with a voucher, the price can be reduced to 20 Yuan (approx RM13), which is a tenth of the roasted pig’s price!