The Chinese spoon, Chinese soup spoon, or duck spoon (散蓮華) of the type used in recent times is a spoon with a short, thick handle extending directly from a deep, flat bowl. It is a regular utensil in Chinese cuisine used for liquids, especially soups, or loose solid food. Most are made from ceramics. Although normally used as an eating utensil, larger versions of the Chinese spoon are also used as serving spoons or ladles. Some varieties have a tessellated form and most are able to be stacked on top of one another for storage.
Spoons were used as early as the Shang dynasty of the 2nd millennium B.C.E., both as a cooking tool and in eating, and were more common than chopsticks until perhaps the 10th century C.E.
Chinese spoons typically have higher sides and can hold more than the western soup spoon. These spoons are used throughout Asia.