Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Addictive Yunnan Noodle and the price of copy-cat part 2 (中毒になる雲南 麺と猿真似の代償第二, 和訳は英文の下)

Taipei noodleIt’s a big credit to any eatery when customers from overseas come back for more .  Yunnan Len Hah Yuen in Taipei and their clear broth noodle is my favorite.  I was not alone as almost all the diners ordered this addictive noodle, even after they had knocked off a dinner course.  Kudos to the owner who has the courage to stick to the basic.  Let’s go back to one of those people who wanted fancy, the painter I used to know. 

Australia has wildly been known to be egalitarian society, but there has been one type of classicism developing in Sydney for all I know.  The mining boom and the rich it has brought Australia accelerated polarization of the  society in two sectors: the private school clan and the public school group.  Many parents have made the same comment on all kinds of media: we want to send our children to a private school so they can have a better future than others.  Our painter chap was also socially ambitious type and in my last post I described how he copied everything about the executive neighbour who in turn ignored the painter for a long time.  So I was shocked one day to see them chatting friendly in the painter’s garden.  The painter was clearly enthralled and listened to every suggestion the executive made and bragged to everyone his new friendship with the elite, or the suit.  I learnt that the executive suggested painting the painter’s side in the same shade as his side.  This the painter did.  ‘Why not rearrange your garden to synchronize with mine?’  This the painter did with glee.   The executive lamented that the roofing on the both sides was getting old, but good builders were scarce.  The painter offered to do the job himself as he had some building craft.  He would not accept money from his new friend.  The executive thanked him and picked a colour that would suit his refined taste.

One late afternoon, I was passing by the garden on the executive's side.  He was glaring at a filthy towel hung over the fence, looking supremely annoyed.  'What's that?' He demanded of his wife.   But he knew the painter had left it there taking it for granted his new executive friend would not mind.  I hurried on home, but I felt some sort of foreboding.  To be continued.  

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Taipei noodle2海外からのリピがある店はお墨付ですが台北市錦州街16号にある雲南人和園の過橋麺は中毒になる味です。店内の客もコースの〆に皆これを注文してました((02)2536-4459、(02)2568-2587)ぶれずに基本に忠実なシェフに乾杯。大抵は華美に流れるものですが、そんな一人、例のペンキ屋に話を戻します。

オーストラリアは博愛と平等の精神を謳いますが、長年の間に一種の階級がシドニーに形成されていました。私立学校閥と公立学校の出身では将来がまるで違うらしいのです。マスコミを通じて多くの親御さんが「うちの子供には人より良い人生を歩ませたいから私立にやりたい」と述べていました。我らがペンキ屋親父も上昇志向をもっていて隣の重役の紳士の猿真似ばかりしていたと先日書きました。紳士はずっとペンキ屋を無視していたのですが突然ある日、ペンキ屋の庭で親しげに重役が会話しているではありませんか!  ペンキ屋は浮かれて重役の提案なら何でも従うのです。  そして近所中にエリートの友人が出来たと自慢してまわりました。重役が外壁の色を統一しょうと提案するとペンキ屋は重役の側と同じ色に自分側も塗り替えました。「表の庭も同様の揃えたらどうでしょう?」 ペンキ屋は喜んでそうしました。そして重役が嘆きます。「お互いの家の瓦が古くなったが良い職人は中々いないのですよね」  ペンキ屋は自分は建築の基礎があるから自分でやると提案。無論、友達のあんたからお代はもらわないさ。  重役は礼を言い瓦の色を自分好みに合わせて選びました。

しかしある午後、重役の庭を通りがかった時、彼が柵にかけられた汚いタオルを睨みつけているのが目に入りました。「あれは何だ?」と奥様にきつく問いかけていましたが、彼は気付いていたようです。ペンキ屋が無造作に柵に置き、新しい友人なら許してくれるだろうと勝手にきめつけていることを。私は家路を急ぎましたが何か予感がしました。次回に続きます。

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