I've never been able to figure out why spoons in China (and some other Asian countries) generally look like this
rather than like this
So, several questions here:
1. Why are they made of ceramic or porcelain rather than metal? From my point of view, this seems to make them unnecessarily heavy for their size, and probably also makes them break more easily...
2. Why are they shaped like that, in particular with a groove in the handle? Even aluminum ones
have the distinctive shape and the groove. Why?
3. Why has this style of spoon remained popular when in direct competition with Western-style metal spoons? Do they serve different purposes somehow?
Answers that can be backed up would be best, but speculation is also welcome!