ode to the kam wah pineapple bun

by Valerie Wong

reflux be damned –
that first bite
standing on a hectic
mongkok corner, hot out
of the oil-stained bag,
melts away my
gnawing hunger
like the butter tucked
inside this pillowy bun
crowned by caramelly crust,
is worth every bit
of the ensuing nausea

 

Editor’s Note on ode to the kam wah pineapple bun:

ode to the kam wah pineapple bun is not Valerie Wong’s first work to appear in Eastlit. Her previous published pieces are:

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