"The Bishop's Soup in Sibu has a long history and connection with the Methodist Church and Missionaries. One of the missionaries visiting Sibu was told of an old Chinese joke. The end of a Chinese feast would be marked by the presentation of a bowl of hot water for guests to wash their spoons for the final dish - the dessert which was usually canned peaches and longans. A certain Bishop, on one occasion, dipped into this washing bowl and drank from it. No one dared to say anything His host, however, not wishing to embarrass him, said, "Guests, taste with me the Bishop's soup," and all drank with him.
Note : The Bishop's Soup, completely went off the menu once restaurants started to have pretty waitresses to serve food at the table, and the use of common serving spoons.
Most children would eat only the first two dishes in a banquest. They would then play amongst themselves in the corridors, or wherever they could find a spot. They would peer into the room to inquire if the dessert was ready to be served. The ice in the bowl of peaches and longans full of syrup was what we as children actually liked. Even too day, icy drinks seem to be just the right item for a hot sweaty day.
The Foochows however continue to enjoy 8 good dishes for a banquet or feast, complete with two desserts, longans and peaces, sometime with almond pudding and another rich dish of Sweet Yam Pudding.
Peaches are symbols of longevity, whereas Yams are symbols of success, leadership and brilliance. However yam actually help with digestion according to old wives' tales.