It sounds like you're thinking the virus came from eating the meat of an animal. It doesn't pass that way, though if a butcher is doing his or her work and there is a mist of bodily droplets from the animal in the air, it's possible for the human to inhale some of the droplets. Covid-19 is passed by inhaling the microorganism or by rubbing it into your eye or nose.
It's not known what animal the virus originally jumped to humans from a year ago. Pangolins were speculated about, and bats. But by now, the main animal humans get Covid-19 from is other humans.
Your statement "Chinese regularly eat pangolins" stuck with me, so I checked. Here's what I found in chinadialog.net: "Under China's Wild Animal Protection Law enacted in 1988, pangolins are listed as class two endangered wildlife, which means Chinese law prohibits the hunting, selling and buying of pangolins for cooking and food consumption." That doesn't mean someone in Wuhan wasn't selling pangolin under-the-table at that wet market that was either the start of the transmission or near it -- after all, we have protected-species laws here and some hunters sneak around them. But saying Chinese regularly eat pangolins makes it sound like the meat is widely available, legal, and affordable, and it just doesn't sound like it is.