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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Eh! All gone already la.

She yens for the time when Laksa, Chick Rice and Nasi Lemak were still ours.

The minister of Tourism, Ng Yen Yen made a lot of noise yesterday launching the annual Malaysia International Gourmet Festival yesterday. Why was she making more noise than usual? She was apparently upset that other countries have 'hijacked' our FOOD!

"Chilli crab is Malaysian. Hainanese chicken rice is Malaysian. We have to lay claim to our food,” she lamented.

Ng Yen Yen also said that Laksa, nasi lemak and bak kut teh are some of the food Malaysia will lay claim to.

I wonder how Malaysia intends to do that? Through legal means or follow the example of our Indonesian neighbours when those flers accused us of stealing their songs and dances by taking to the streets.

“In the three months, we will identify certain key dishes (to declare as Malaysian). We have identified laksa ... all types of laksa, nasi lemak and bak kut teh,” declared the minister of Tourism.

When asked how the ministry would go about labelling the dishes Malaysian after identifying them, Dr Ng said she would reveal her strategy at a later stage.

“That is Part Two. We cannot reveal it yet, but we will let you know soon,” she said.

"We will let you know soon", of course when a politician says something like that we all know not to expect too much la.

But to me it is like locking the stable doors after the horses have bolted. In case Ng Yen Yen has not noticed, most of the food that she has identified and wants to label as Malaysian has already been stamped SINGAPOREAN!

Chili Crabs, Hainanese Chicken Rice (even the rice-ball variety that we all thought was unique to this kopitiam in Malacca is 'discovered' to be a Singaporean original), nasi lemak, laksa. As usual our super efficient neighbours have been hard at work identifying what is worth taking, taken and stamped everything before we even realise Eh! What happened ah?

And it has already past the stage where if we were now to make claims over these food dishes we'd just be another butt of jokes on the global hawker centre.

While we were busy being Truly Asia our smarter neighbours have been busy identifying what is worth plundering and taken the loot. We should have learned our lessons a long time ago. After all, they plunder our schools and universities every year for talent. But then we are Malaysians and so learn rather sloooooooowly.

I am not sure she is aware that the Malaysian International Gourmet Festival is founded and organised by an Australian. So she'd better watch it closely or in time to come Nasi Kandar might be actually Aussie.



Anonymous said...

what about steamboat ehhh?

jejaka anggun said...

there is no such thing as malaysian or singaporean or USA food (except nasi goreng USA) lah.

what is it so important about that anyway? it is food. period. so makan jer la. buat per nak gaduh gaduh????

bloody nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Africa just called, they want back their exclusive rights to homo sapiens DNA.

Gratitude said...

Oz nasi kandar this statement had me rolling on the floor!

"Banana money" Yen better go back to her vegetable plot and tanam some jagung la

google said...

Hainanese chicken rice is Malaysian? So what is that word 'Hainan' doing in that foods name?

Shouldnt it be, "Malaysian Chicken Rice"?


Anonymous said...

Maybe Yen Cake is still not taken, I meant Yam Cake. What ever you plan to do please go and do them quick. Please do something otherwise you will be on Gaji Buta.

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHAH This is sooo funny Patrick, This was the same discussion and argument I used when we were planning a string of such restaurants throughout Scandinavia, but do you know what the Investors pointed out, that they would rather call it Singaporean food rather than Malaysian because from a marketing prospective, Singapore is seen as an international brand whereas Malaysia is a joke of a country with all the STUPID CONTROVERSAL THINGS WHICH ARE Highlighted in the international press, from our dancing teh tarik astro-tourist,longest roti chanai, a sitting speaker being thrown out of a state assembly, the cartoon minister on al jazeera, caning for drinking and all the kampung yahooos doing their thingy. Their point being they will close shop because of negative publicity. Investors are not bodohlah, MALAYSIA BOLIH......main gasing, tepuk dada, wave a kris, carry cow head with their cow dung. In the end I agreed it would be better to call our outlets Singapore Hawkers, "The crossroads of the exotic east." hahahahhaha

Altantuya said...

Hainanese Chicken Rice is from Hainan, Bak Kut Teh is from Fujian and Chili Crab is definitely not from Pulau Ketam.

My grandma started Chili Crab & she's from Ulan Batar.

k4kenny said...

Ya ya......better be late than sorry ma.....that's Malaysia Boleh!

Speaking about "Malaysia Boleh", I think that is the ONLY think nobody wants to lay claim to EXCEPT Malaysia!!! Kakakakakakaka.

Old Fart said...

Ya in the shelves in some Asian shops here in Auckland I see Singaporean Bak Kut Teh as well as Klang Bak Kut Teh. Singapore also lays claim to fish head curry.

And how come she forgot Yee Sang? Only the Singaporean and Malaysian Chinese seem to know anything about Yee Sang and its traditions. Other Chinese stare at it in wonderment!

And what about dressing? Anything uniquely Malaysian?

And how come she forgot mamak mee? noodles is Chinese. Soya Sauce is Chinese. Hey, what is it in mamak mee that is Indian eh? The name??

colorless said...

Smart Singaporean has already claimed Singapore Cherry as their own which in fact was rambutan imported from Malaysia. I had heard satay vendor telling angmoh that satay was Singapore origin. Next, Malaysian durian will be known as Singapore Luilian.

Anonymous said...

Why blame Singapore?

It should be known that many Malaysian-made products e.g. furniture, ornamental fish, electronics components/products are transported to Signapore and branded as Singapore products before re-exported to other countries.

Blame Malaysai for not having first class logistics and shipping ability.

As for food, it is the problem of Malaysia of only recognizing nasi lemak and rendang as its national dish. anything non-halal is not given due recognition. The local media only recognize and promote Chef Wan but not the likes Chef Chong or Chef Lim.

So Singapore took the opportunity to hijack our bak-kut-teh, Hainanese chicken rice and laksa. You should note that many Malaysian chefs wnet to work in the hotel and restaurants in Singapore (just like Patrick working for MediaCorp). With that they bring their culinary skills to Singapore.

I must say you will get good food originated from Malaysia in Singapore.

For glorious food, one-stop in singapore. No need to go to Malaysia. Yen Yen please take note.

Anonymous said...

Will Najib copyright his '1 Malaysia' concept (whatever it is) before it is 'hijacked' by other conutries?

Anonymous said...

While we rather lose our top brains to Singapore, we (actually it is only Hishamkrismudin) make all effort to bring back the dead body of a terrorist from Indonesia?

Malaysia memang Boleh!


Wood said...

The kiasuLand also 'patented' the Nyonya culture and if this bodoh Tourism minister does know, the Singaporean owns quite a number of hotels and property in Jan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and jonker street.

Ha ha ha...

KIMHO8 said...

Lost to Singapore already, oh.
Go back Raub eat Kari Fish Head lah!

Danny said...

Later all the food become (R) or (c) already. Then you'll not see arab, japanese, korean, indian, and etc here in Malaysia anymore. They can claim that it is theirs.

Anonymous said...

These politicians really show the spirit of 1malaysia all right... and all share the same One birdbrain too...! Here we have rape of Penan women cases to solve,neglected poor to feed and house, education systems to improve,authorities and their dubious actions,murders to solve,etc etc and she talks about ...shhheeessh.. Malaysia truly boleh...
and I guess H1N1 and HIV and other viruses are not the only things that are contagious too .... petty mindedness and thoughts too..Must be the heady atmosphere high up there in power...

Exhausted Poop

Anonymous said...

G'mornin Pat,malu betul lah..Where the F do our politicians come from..Bigger fish to fry than patenting food and starting an F1 team(i wonder if the mat rempits will be upgraded to F1 drivers?)People are starving in east Mal and these assholes are sniffing each others butts trying to outdo each other in stupidity.

Nick Phillips said...

That is the silliest thing I've heard off in a long while. But then, I'm not really surprised. Bunch of idiots with nothing really better to do.

Anonymous said...

Alamak ! Wondering how to lay claim when one fella migrate to England and start selling Ipoh Sar Hor Fun there !

Ha ! Ha ! Ha !

Not so Niamah after all !!!

Anonymous said...

So what if the festival was founded by an Aussie? Malaysia was not founded by a hindu price from Indonesia. meh?

At least we are not brandishing the keris or burning the Singaporean flag and are going about trying to brand Malaysia with a both more decorum. Like that also want to complain?

Anonymous said...

Looks like China will be getting marah!

Hainanese chicken rice and rice ball ??????

My grandmother always tell me stories of how her mother make chicken rice ball in Hainan Island when she was young. Now tell me this HCR(B) belong to whom.

Some Hainanese will say: "BONG KANG CHEE" (something hainanese will sometime use to scold someone)

Taiping Joo said...

This is a case of always wanting to be "One Up" on our neighbors. However, will it bring us any glory? Unless we are consistently sending out the same message(s), it'll be another case of "hangat hangat tahi ayam" as we are NOW infamous for.

Consistency pays, but we almost always fail in this aspect.

Chet said...

She reminds me of the saying "Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."

Anonymous said...

Our ministers very free lah!

Anonymous said...

Amazing! Going by her logic, Hainan Island now officially belongs to Malaysia, since its called Hainanese Chicken Rice for a reason.

And I can now see the headlines: "Bak Kut Teh - Malaysia's National Dish"

Can somebody say riots?

Anonymous said...

I love this post.

As a Singaporean, I have known that many of our dishes probably originated somewhere else. Please, we are too small to originate anything of our own.

We have always made it clear that we are a melting pot of cultures (especially culinary culture) and that we owe our existence to our unique geographical position on the crossroads of trade and commerce.

It will be interesting to see how the Honourable Minister will seek to sort out the dilemma of Malaysia’s stolen ‘culinary legacy’.

I just hope we don’t end up in the ICJ again and knowing Singapore, we probably have all the necessary papers to prove ownership.


Anonymous said...

If the food can talk - I'm sure they rather belong to Singapore than Malaysia!! More classy like someone pointed out. Bah!

Trevor said...

Perhaps we have to trace which country started to take chicken or rice as food.

Then we can brand them as "The Original of the Original Chicken food"

or "The Original of the Original Rice Recipe"

Anonymous said...

How about declaring things like throwin people out of the building,mat rempits,snatch theft,university entry quota based on race Malaysian as well?

julian said...

couldnt read all the comments-----got blood pressure already,dojnt to die laughing-----------from singapore anyway and eat most of the food listed when i was a very young boy and now i am 58-----lol

Al said...

Lets just add more into the Malaysian Food menu ... ours and only ours this one ... Mee Bandung and Air Bandung ... personally tested ... went to Jakarta & Bandung ... where got Mee Bandung ... where got Air Bandung ... they also don't know one ... that is ours' ... so how about it people ...

Anonymous said...

Aiyoyo...Ah nYen nYen BONG KANG Jiak Pah Bo Tai Chi Cho ka AHAHAHAHAHA now we must called MALAYSIAN Chicken rice said belongs to malaysia ma ahahahahaha pea-brain ah you.... Niamah!!

ahoo said...

When she was in her former ministry, she proposed for sex education to be taught in the NS for the trainees. One never knows a fool until they open their BIG mouth and spew nonsense.

Don't they have better things to do than to suggest things that is unthinkable ? Sometime politicians really know how to run foul with words.

Anonymous said...

Malaysia can call the following Malaysian:

1) Satay Krishamudin
2) Rendang Rais 2 Batu
3) Tosei Samy MIC
4) Roti Canai C4 meletup
5) Nasi Kandar Hadhari
6) Mee Korek Korek Korek
7) Sup Kepala Lembu
8) Mee Goreng Niamah

anthony Bourdain and andrew Zimmern would be very proud of us.

Anonymous said...

Laksa belongs to Malaysia (Ng Yen Yen), Penang belongs to Penang Govt (LGE), Laksa Penang who's wan ar?

Anonymous said...

Yes!! I will vote for 'Bak Kut Teh' to be copyrighted. Yes Yen can I have a 'Bak Kut Teh' tarik please.

donplaypuks® said...

Hainanese chicken rice is Maysian, meh, not Hainan?

And bak kut teh too, loh? Not from China ah?

Next thing dei, they vill be telling you yegg thosai yis from Killan (Klang)!!

We are all of 1 race, the Humna Race

Malaysian Malaysia said...

What's the difference between Malaysian Malaysia yg diperjuangkan oleh saudara LIM KIT SIANG sejak dahulu lagi with comparison to Najib's 1 Malaysia?

Different name, same idea.

So? whats the fuss lah auntie yen? If other ppl want to put "American Roti Canai" or "Italian bak kut teh" or even "Parisien Nasi Lemak of the French Riviera" just let them be lah! Haiyo... Different chef different taste mah

Anonymous said...

Why is a minister spending time over such trival matters??? Is it that important to know where the food comes from??

Anonymous said...

Suddenly, the heaven opens and there is a loud voice thundering down, interrupting all the arguments:

" Shut up! I was the one who created the chillies, the crabs, the Chicken, the rice, the pig that you use to make bak kuk teh, including whatever ingredients you find in the recipes, even the Hainanese... as well as you Malaysians, Singaporeans and Indonesians! Now, stop arguing and fighting! I want MY exclusive right back for all of these...including YOU!"

Boom! Everything are gone in split second...

cuckoo bird said...

Omg i really cant stop laughing with all the comments here lah. plsss stop lah...

Anonymous@1.49pm comments had me rolling on the floor.

Ng Yen Yen really can qualify for The Jester of the Month Award. Patrick, i suggest we put up a competition of Jester of the month Award for our politicians

Something like the English Premier League when they award players and managers for their excellence in that particular month.

From what i see, Ng Yen Yen have immense talent to outdo the other politicians in terms of bodohness

BoTiew said...

bodoh lagi sombong....

Noto said...

But i kinda agree on her ler...
Although they should've done something long before our neighbour took it.. But our neighbour is relaly labelling all the hainannese chicken rice theirs... lets just do a simple maths... number of hainanese in malaysia vs sg.
Sorry to all singaporeans but GENERALLY singapore food SUCKS big time!!!

Anonymous said...

They say, "Duduk diam-diam, kalau tak ada apa-apa nak buat adalah lebih baik dari buat sibuk, kalau tak ada apa-apa nak buat"....

Literally translated will be "Sit quiet quiet if got nothing to do is better than make busy if got nothing to do"...

Or in other words, "Don't make a fool of yourself by tokingKok."

Anonymous said...

Nasi Lemak or oil rice is created by Indians. The only thing Malay-sia is the sambal belacan or shrimp paste!And please don't say roti canai is Malaysia creation. It is from Kerala, India. Ask the TUN!

White Dog said...

There's only 3 types of politicians in Bolehland.

1. Bodoh
2. Lebih Bodoh
3. Yang terBodoh

CK said...

hahaha... i like the Aussie Nasi Kandar remark!!!!!!! thanks to the sleepy PM i would say!

love you pat!

uppercaise said...

why should we let "kiasu" islanders steal everything that's part of our common culture? here someone is trying to reclaim part of malaysian culture. shouldn't we support it?

Why is everyone laughing at Yen Yen?


Gila2 said...

You are all wrong! Ng Yen2 is only trying to help us Malaysians. Once we claimed these food to be Malaysian then next time any of such food served outside Malaysia we can collect royalty. But I hope she'll share it with all Malaysians. In view of that I hope all you guys out there can help her by providing her a list of everything possible that we can claimed before Singapore discover that we are so smart. She's after all a Doctor you know.

prvlabel said...

exactly what so important whose food it is. I think all of us in SE Asia or Asia are related in same way

Juanito said...

Hello Uncle Pat,

Juanito here.. I still follow ur blog closely.. I like the last sentence.. Nasi Kandar might turn out to be Aussie..



Anonymous said...

Maybe she wanted to be upgraded to Minister of Food?

Kementerian Makanan?

Might as well call yourself McYen

Anonymous said...

I cannot imagine on what grounds she makes such audacious claims, or her reasons for doing so. If it is simply to gain political ground to make up for the spat Malaysia had with Indonesia recently over the Balinese pendet dance, then she is committing political suicide. Even before the fiasco with Indonesia is resolved, she seems bent on starting new spats with other countries over other cultural issues.

It makes one wonder about her calibre and ability to be a minister. Is there no more important issue she can spend her time, energy and resources on, like working to make the Malaysian tourism industry more vibrant and successful? Does she not know such claims will only lead to unnecessary fights and bickering with other countries? More important, has she not learnt anything after the recent spat with Indonesia?

Anonymous said...

McYen creates controversy to put Malaysia on world's attention.

Nice move.

Kalambong said...

Dear Niamah,

The only thing native to Malaysia is Nasi Dagang

and ... oh, Nasing KangKang too

Anonymous said...

I love Malaysia and its foods! I also love to travel up to Malaysia regularly and hope the tourism board improve it services to make thing easier to travel to places of good place to improve is the Pudu Raya station. It still look the same for the pass 30 years when buses are becoming bigger now and avoid stopping there! Not to mention so many areas the tourism minister can look into it....but she is more interested in claiming nothing more than just name of food which we had been eating since our great great grand parent immigrate from abroad. All because recently Indonesia is not too happy about target a smaller neighbour to divert attention!?! Tsk! tsk! The wan-ton mee boss at Pudu Raya station canteen can take over her place. Majority of the SIngaporean don't even care about such trivial thing other than a minority who are into food are barking back. Sad to say, Malaysia seriously need a new Tourism Minister.

Anonymous said...

This is by far one of the funniest things I've read today. Thanks for making my day!

Anonymous said...

Halal everything and you can call it Malaysia punya.

Anyone for halal bak kut teh?
Make it Halal Bak Kut Teh Tarik!

We can invite Andrew Zimmern to try it out.

How bizarre? Jom Cari makan Suap.

Anonymous said...

I want to set up a Ramli burger store at Pasar Malam or Pasar Tani afer Hari Raya.

I am not sure how to call ms tall.
Can you advise me which of the following to choose from:

1) McRamly
(I may get lawsuits fro McDonald and Ramly burger)

2) 1MalaysiaBerger
(Too long for my humble sign board?)

3) MBBerger
- MB = Malaysia Boleh, but foreigners may miscontrues it as malaysia Bodoh?

4) PKFZ Burger
- my worry is my budget may overun?

5) MGR Burger
- not the superstar MGR from Tamil Naidu.
but MGR = Malaysia Gaya Rempit.

Will MARA provide me loan to amke it big?

ps: I heard MARA provide 'no need to return' loan scheme. Can be sued but just buat bodoh.

Anderson Rd said...

Kampar Mee belongs to who-ar?

Ipoh White Coffee-le?

How about "Yip Chee Mei Tai Pau"?

We forgot Roti Bomb! Najib's specialty.

Anonymous said...

Now I know the origin of Roti Bomb.

uppercaise said...

Now Ng Yen Yen is really a joke. On my blog, I wrote about how in the EU they already protect their wines, cheese and even a type of chilly. A pork pie in England is also protected.

See No stomach for the real food fight?. There's also a comment on an Aussie family that fought an American company over a common term for boots.


Anonymous said...

At least Madam Ng is trying to tell the world that Malaysian food is not just Nasi Lemak and Rendang.

It takes a non-Malay Minister to fight for Bak-kut Teh, Hainaese Chicken Rice and Penang Laksa.

Singaporeans complained because they have been promoting these food as theirs.

Anonymous said...

Why we so bodor! Singar-po no stupid lah! I work here and know they onli say you can eat all these food in Singapore and their tourism board help to promote also...they never say the food belong to Singar-po. Onli our no brainer tourism minister never do anything until kena from Indonesia then use the wrong word sa-more, "HIJACK". WHo hijact who's food? Na-beh! Embarrass us. No wonder no body respect out politician, all bo-loew one. She fast go fried cuttlefish. Even if she can find one food really beong to onli malaysia, tourist still go to singar-po eat chillie crab. Malaysia? Now they know we have yen-yen chillie crap.

Chef TooLan said...

Below is the list of so-called Malaysian heritage food. Notice only halal food is accepted.

Madam Ng Yen Yen should check with teh local authority first why Bak Kut Teh is not considered as one before trying to re-hijack it from Singapore. She should ask if there is halal bak kut teh?

List of Malaysian heritage food items:

Nasi Lemak
Nasi Ayam
Nasi Kunyit (Pulut Kuning)
Nasi Tumpang
Nasi Kerabu
Nasi Dagang
Nasi Himpit
Nasi Goreng Kampung
Nasi Ulam
Pulut Kukus Periuk Kera
Mee Mamak
Mee Kari
Char Kuay Teow Pulau Pinang
Laksa Johor
Mee Siam
Bubur Pedas Sarawak
Bubur As-Sura
Bubur Sum-Sum
Bubur Kacang Hijau
Sagu Gula Melaka
Kuih Bingka Ubi
Ayam Percik
Manok Pansoh
Masak Asam Pedas
Gulai Tempoyak Ikan Patin
Ikan Bakar
Ikan Panggang Tanah Liat
Gulai Lemak Umbut
Gulai Asam Rom
Kari Kepala Ikan
Kurma Daging/Ayam
Masak Ikan dan Pisang Dalam Buluh
Yong Tau Foo
Daging Dendeng
Ayam Panggang
Botok-Botok Ikan
Sambal Tumis
Chili Crab
Teh Tarik
Air Batu Campur (ABC)
Air Kelapa
Air Selasih
Sambal Belacan
Sambal Gesek Ikan Bilis
Sate @ Satay
Yee Sang
Telur Pindang
Kerabu Mangga Muda
Kuih Keria
Kuih Koci
Kuih Seri Muka
Kuih Cara
Kuih Bingka
Kuih Bakul
Kuih Bulan
Kuih Cincin
Kuih Bakar
Kuih Sepit
Apam Balik
Pisang Goreng
Buah Melaka @ Ondeh-Ondeh
Lempuk Durian
Seri Kaya
Pulut Panggang
Putu Mayam
Roti Jala
Roti Canai
Kuih Lopis
Ubi Kayu

Anonymous said...

Why get so work up for? Only food name. Anybody can use. What Yen Yen trying to do is after kena from indonesia so buey song, so target Sillypore and wait for reaction. Malaysia big mah, if sillypore make noise, can wack bak mah. so she can use it as excuse to tarik back at indonesia that "malaysia can also use pendek dance, becos Sillypore use our food to promote also". See how smart! we need more people of yen yen type to be in our everything in indonesia, thailand,myanmar, vietnam, etc also belong to malaysia..... in short, why are we so stupid to get drag into her idiotic claim! Any sensible person whether you are Malaysian, Singaporean or Indonesian will ignore her as a no brainer.

Anonymous said...

biar diab jugak bodoh....niamah

ktteokt said...

This bitch has nothing better to do. Remember the days when she was Deputy Finance Minister, she proposed that women go to bed in sexy night gown and spray themselves with perfume in the quest of "tying" the hearts of their husbands? What has that got to do with finance anyway?

Now, she wants to patent these "so called local food". Come on, how many types of food actually originate from Malaysia? How can she claim Hainanese chicken rice to be a Malaysian cuisine when Hainan is clearly a province of PRC? Can't she just shut her big gap and mind her own business? Niamah!

Anonymous said...

Singapore keropok lekor, anyone?

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