In the book The Joy Luck Club several family members and friends gather together. The members meet first to discuss any important issues. Then they have dinner.
Piles and piles of food are brought out. Wonton soup is served on the table. Everything is served buffet style. Platters filled with chow mien, sweet barbequed pork cut into thin slices, and finger goodies such as meet pastries filled with beef, pork, and other yummy things.
It is not a polite or neat event. People grab and growl eating as if they are starved. Then the men get up and leave. The women finish by nibbling on the rest and then clean up.