The Teochews like their soups clean and light, the Cantonese prefer them full-bodied, while the Westerners seem to favour thick, creamy soups.
I’m Teochew, which probably explains why I’m not fond of creamy soups and avoid ordering soup from a Western menu. I have to ask if cream has been added.
My friend is worse. She is allergic to chicken and will ask if chicken stock has been used – which is usually the case – in soups as well as other dishes.