Wednesday 29 September 2010

Malaysia: Smelly beans

Hakka restaurant, Kuala LumpurMost of the waitresses at the Hakka restaurant in Jalan Raja Chulan wore smart red tunics. A few wore slinky, black, pencil-thin Tiger (beer) outfits.
Smelly beans
I asked one waitress for her opinion of the shrimp with crispy onion rings, crispy anchovies and petai (smelly beans) in chili sauce. 'It's not for's for Chinese people,' she said. She was so wrong. I tried to engage another in conversation, 'duì bù qi......qing wèn.....' 'So sorry, don't speak Chinese,' came the reply. At least she recognised it was Chinese.

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