Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Food for Thought

If there's one thing I can't get enough of, it's observing people. And because of that, the observation below was noted and now shared. Who knows it might come in handy sometime regardless if you're Malaysian or not...

The best way to annoy a Malaysian living abroad is to talk about food. Local food. And you've got their goat.

What would be the best way to annoy someone from your country who is living abroad? Anyone?

23 comments:

  1. To remind them they're not in Australia. Does the trick everytime!

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  2. Hmmm... my reply sounds strangely sarcastic, but it is not meant to do so...

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  3. so many ways. The worst one is to accuse them of not really being Irish any more ;) - you're out of touch etc

    Guinness drinkers would be annoyed by being reminded of how it tastes different over here (and it does)

    More insidiously would be to talk about dairy products. We honestly do make the best milk and butter in the world, no-one else's comes close... well the French probably do, but it something you just can't get anywhere else.

    When I lived away I missed brown bread, proper milk and cheese and onion crisps!

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  4. Oh I've been meaning to tell you for awhile that I had "Malaysian style" chicken satay recently (offered on a menu beside regular Chicken Satay). It appear to mean: more chili peppers added. Is this representative of Malaysian food??

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  5. food eh? hmmm... i wouldnt go there... there is a whole load of things they can say which will annoy the hell out of us who are still stuck here.

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  6. To remind them that back home, you can actually drink the water.

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  7. Letting them know that we are going out for supper at open air stalls and than asking when will they come back .

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  8. That food trick will only work on me if abroad is not Thailand. I love Thai food as much as I do Malaysian food.

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  9. Aunty: That's quite a number of ways to annoy those living abroad... Love the one about them not being Irish anymore. :D

    As for the "Malaysian style" chicken satay, I can't really say for sure. The peanut sauce is quite spicy, no doubt, but not to the extent of setting your tongue on fire or anything. The only other variant I've tried is Indonesian satay and it pretty much tasted the same...

    zewt: I'm sure they do, but this is home... :)

    Woozie: And not fall ill? ;)

    Jai: Are you who I think you are? Hehehe... welcome abroad :) I bet asking them when they're coming back is sure to drive them crazy!

    Sree: That makes sense... unless you're suddenly thinking of nasi lemak (that is if you're a fan of nasi lemak):)

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  10. To let them know that we can find yummy food at any time of the day :D Works for me ...

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  11. Ha!Ha! Cruel but so true! :D

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  12. I AM a BIG fan of nasi lemak. Still looking for that ultimate sambal... But I'm also a fan of anything sour and that can burn you tongue (as in capsaicin burn). If I ever crave nasi lemak, I'll just make a trip to Southern Thailand. Did you know Nasi Lemak is called Nasi Uduk in Indonesia... or that sate is actually Javanese delicacy or that keropok is also called keropok in Dutch/Flemish? So much to learn about food, so little time...

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  13. Ask them how they could vote for an idiot like George Bush....TWICE.

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  14. Sree: What can I say? M'sia seems to be such a huge melting pot of different cultures and influences that you really don't know where anything originates from anymore. I have heard of the nasi uduk reference but not the others... kinda heart broken to know that satay/sate is not from Malaysia

    So much to learn about food, so little time... Agreed 100%

    Ricardo: LOL!

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  15. Hi..It's me,JV from the Pentagon ;)..Yeah,that trick works...My sister always hang up the phone faster than usual when I ask her that.

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  16. Bak Kut Teh is a Malaysian original... Though I can't stand it. Too much guts, giblets, flotsam and jetsam.

    What about Burger Ramly?

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  17. Jai: I thought so... :)

    Sree: A friend told me a long time ago that the flotsam and jetsam bits are coagulated blood. I think Ramly Burgers are authentically Malaysian, used to eat them back in the uni days, which reminds me that I haven't eaten them for at least 6 years!

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  18. mug them for their passport - that annoy even a saint you know.

    nah, the best way to annoy any english west midlander is to pretend to not understand their accent (won't be able to anyway)

    It might as well be a different country in a different county here though.

    thanks very much for looking at my blog by the way

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  19. I doubt I've heard the english west midlander accent before, but I'll remember what you said in case I meet any ;)

    Oh, and thanks for dropping by my blog.

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  20. Remind them that their electorate is packed with idiots by referring to any political event of the last 8 years...

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  21. Very true. Everytime people utter the word "nasi lemak", "nasi goreng kampung", "kueh tiaw", "bah kut teh" or "kolo mee" around me, I run away and mourn that those food are not accessible here. How dare they say those insensitive words! *sob* I hate you now. LOL!

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