Wednesday, October 07, 2009

sha: it's not la tomatina

Originally uploaded by Steve Carthew
Recently there were quite number of buzzing articles regarding the food fight between Malaysia and Singapore. I grew tired of this; thinking that we were fighting over small matter.

These people who were writing about this food fight are mostly dumb when it comes to history. They should read more and watch more TV. For instant, watch Planet Food. You'll see similarities and differences when you watch Planet Food - Malaysia (the one with Merilees Parker) and Planet Food - Singapore (the one with I-don't-know-who-is-she-but-she-is-a-boring-host). These two personnels were searching mostly street food in the programmes. The cuisines were almost the same, but the recipes and approaches were a bit different.

Singapore used to be part of this country, therefore it was not so surprising that we might have the conflict of originality when it came to certain old school cuisines like nasi lemak and several more dishes.

Take my family for example. My grandma's sibling (Wan Angah) is a Singaporean and we have Singaporean relatives (though I am authentically from Negeri Sembilan).The way they cook raya food might be slightly different as much as it is slightly similar. The reason being is that our biological connection creates the similarity, but the demographic and other influences might change the recipe a bit. Therefore, since the same menu cooked in a different pots from two different countries, the menu will instantly called the Malaysian or Singaporean version.

Regardless, both Wan Angah and my own Wan were coming from the same womb:)

Just like the water comes from the same river:P

I am relief,however, to see that Gulai/Masak Lemak Cili Api from my kampung was not claimed to be any of Singaporian dishes. However, I still need to relate the gulai with the natives in Indonesia, considering that based on history the Negeri Sembilan people were the ones from Pagar Ruyung. (same goes to other states which are practising Adat Temenggung - the clan Jawa, Bugis and Banjar are not the native clan).

Based on research (by checking with the Minangkabau who came out with Nasi Padang), the Negeri Sembilan gulai/masak lemak cili api and the minangkabau gulai are different in terms of certain ingredients. I believe the migration has changed the ingredients and methods even though the roots were almost the same.

We are talking about a bigger picture between Singapore and Malaysia. How about interstate? Or between districts? I'll talk about something I'm familiar with. Rendang in Kuala Pilah and Rendang in Rembau will be different in terms of the ingredients, the looks and the taste. It appears similar but different in certain ways. Rendang Tok looks almost the same like Rendang Itam but it will still be different. Who is going to claim that rendang in general is theirs must be a very stupid person. Because in the end rendang is rendang. We just have different versions of it because we cook it from different pots.

In the end, it was the Monsun Barat Daya and Monsun Timur Laut (the ones we learned in Geography!!!) which brought most of us here. If it was not because of the wind,neither the Indian, Chinese or whomever who called themselves Peranakan won't be here - either in Malaysia or Singapore. I can't see the point of patterning, claiming ownership for something which is going to look almost similar when we flush it down from the bowels to the toilet bowls.

I learned today that one good thing about a tradition is you can create a new one:)

It's whether your marketing campaign is working - whether you have a Gourmet Festival or you call Daniel Boloud for a Night in Singapore.

The menu is almost similar but the presentation must capture the eater's heart. Most importantly, things must not be "indah khabar dari rupa."

In Spain, they have a food fight festival which they called La Tomatina. They throw tomatoes which are coming from Extremadura, where the tomatoes are less expensive and are grown specifically for the festival as they are not of good taste for consumption. A night before that, they ate paella, a dish which I longed to try since I first watched Planet Food - Spain. (see how good the campaign is?)

So, the Spaniards got the tomatoes to throw. What do we have to throw?

Imagine:
I throw nasi lemak over to my Wan Angah.
My father throws nasi ayam to his cousin.
My brother Shahmi throws Bak Kut Teh to his Singapore friends.

or YOU throwing sambal belacan, budu, tempoyak!!!!

It'll be disgusting.

You want a food fight?

I'd rather give my nasi lemak supplies to people in Padang.

Regardless how much I hate the people who said, "ganyang Malaysia or called me Maling Sia."

This is not La Tomatina.

We don't play with food.
We donate.

* Anyone can translate what they wrote in the newspaper? I want to learn how to speak Spanish so that I can send a letter to Torres. Mi amor!!!!

20 comments:

ashley said...

Talking about pot reminds me of the word MELTING POT!!
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throwing food?
My comment:..don't be silly!
ganyang Malaysia?
My comment:..what do you get in return?
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Things happen...

farah aminuddin said...

food fight? lol!

azie said...

i think those guys have nothing to do. so they did stupid thing. emo plak bila tau isu macaM ni pun boleh jadi hal.haih

cik intan (◡‿◡✿) said...

.teringat katun tomatoman tym kecik3 dlu
.ekekeke~

iza~de~bintang said...

Kadang2 bila berdepan ngan isu camni nak gak tanya depa tu "gilo apo?" Kadang2 depa ni saja jer luapkan sentimen yg bukan2,tatau lah nak buktikan apa...
The best part is ada pulak tu yg gatal bagi komen yg hangitkan lagi keadaan. Haih sib baik ada makanan, sedaplak tu... lempar pi Etopia baru tau huhu

sora-ao said...

absolutely! derang ni memang suka je kerja cucuk mencucuk ni...memang dah ade dlm derang nye job scope..

Na Shari said...

Betul la Sha...We don't paly food...We donate.

Masa kat sekolah menengah dulu, akak pernah beli pisang goreng yang kebetulan kurang sedap. Akak buang goreng pisang tu sambil cakap "Cis, tak sedap langsung!"

Tiba-tiba pakcik tukang kebun sekolah ambik pisang goreng yang akak buang tu then simpan dalam plastik. Akak tanya kenapa. Dia jawab:

"Kau kat Malaysia ni bukan main mewah lagi dengan makanan. Siap buang lagi. Tu kat Somalia sana tu...bangkai ayam pun diorang berebut nak makan. Ni pakcik nak bawak pisang goreng ni gi somalia"

Menusuk ke dalam hati...

ashie023 said...

ambe hengatkan pos tentang en toma tadi..upernye tomato...ahahhaa..

ambe pong rasa cam nak blajo korea je, mane tau ambe bleh kecek ngan lee min ho...hhee..(gile minho sorang nih,jgn dilayan..ahha)

kakpah said...

reminds me of a game we played back in the 70s when I was still in boarding school(usually when we were bored with books). We would throw peanuts to each other, each taking turn to catch them with our mouth.
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. hmm. u can imagine the result..

Tak payahlah nak gaduh2 pasal makan ni sapa punya. Kita ni baik msian, sporean, indon, sume nya datang dari satu rumpun. Dah selera pun sama, bahan pun sama... nak wat camno.

Lan Bingka said...

hal remeh..cit
makan sudah la..

miera a.k.a merr said...

haish.... xbek o buang2 makanan...rejeki tuh..Tuhan tarik balik suma baru taw kebulur...

ape ganyang2??!! kami mahukan kedamaian~!! eh pe kaitan lak nih?

Ayu said...

aku kompius plak ngan ko ni ashie.. (ditujukan kat ashie kat atas tu)

erkk.. pasal rendang tu.. rendang rembau is the most bestest ever la sha.. hehhe.. bawak gi umah mak mentua kat semban then dia pi bawak ke kelumpo untuk disajikan kat sedara mara dia yg mostly dari perak.. haa.. amik kau sumer kata sedapp..!!

hehhe.. tgk la sapa yg masak.. menantu rembau ni jugak..

Princess Liyana said...

Benda remeh kan..alaahai cam takde keje lain je..hmmm

chekdenoor said...

Salam,
chekdee pun ada keluarga di singapura..... mereka ni selalu jer undergrade kemajuan malaysia..... Ada ker patut..bila mereka nak datang malysia....mereka tanya" sure banyak nyamuk kan di malaysia" ....ukhusss..... gerammmmm

Ries Lee said...

kite kan senusantara...
kalau ader persamaan tu x yah la nak persoalkan...

ZARA 札拉 said...

Kak~

Use Google Translator~

seriously, thats what I always do~

blogresipi said...

Too bad fighting over food issues. Better spend time on other beneficial thing. :)

xiiinam said...

Memang cari pasal...!!!

sya said...

throwing food?

hmm, orang kebulur, cacing pun diorang nak makan kalau boleh.. huhu

imHepPie said...

ahaha..xdpt bygkan kalo org mesia men baling2 makanan..hadoyai...xyah elak nganga je