One particularly picky young woman dumped her boyfriend of a year after being served food at his parents' house which she considered to be 'too humble' for her tastes.
Upon seeing the dishes the parents - who are from Jiangxi province, southeast China had served up, the comparatively wealthy woman from Shanghai said she was 'shocked' and decided it was time to call it a day on their relationship.
'I was bred in Shanghai and was born in 1988... My family is well off.'
'I have a boyfriend and have been dating him for a year. He comes from elsewhere [other than Shanghai]. He's good at working and has the looks that I like. But he doesn't have a good financial background.'
'When I saw their food, I wanted to throw up. It was 100 times worse than what I had imagined. I can't accept it. I can't leave now, there is no transport. I will share a room with his sister tonight and leave the next morning.'
After her post went viral online, the woman surprisingly received support for her plight from some quarters, with many saying she was not expecting too much.
'I can truly understand her. She made the right choice. I got married this year. My husband comes from rural Hunan, I come from Harbin.'--- one Weibo commenter said.
'This year, after I had the Chinese New Year's meal at my mother-in-law's house, I cried… If I hadn't got married, I would certainly break up.'
'You're marrying him, not his family's food. If you don't like you can break up with him, but why did you send a post to insult the others.'
'Although the meal might not look good to you, but his parents might have waited for a year to prepare this for you. They wanted to welcome you.'