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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)

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It’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 ab

The legendary Pepper Meat Bun in Taipei and the price of copy-cat (伝説 の域到達の胡椒肉饅頭と猿真似の代償, 和訳は英文の下)

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The shop is hidden in the back alley of Taipei.  It just goes to prove that location is not what it takes to succeed.  What a pleasure it was to see so many cooks gathered to create one food only.   Oh, those beauties being cooked inside the heated pot, but you must reserve them and receive a ticket.  It was worth the wait.  My teeth went through the flaky crust and reached the juicy meat.  Peppery fragrance teased my nostrils and I was in heaven.   I didn't have to pay a fortune for it ether. Its size was as big as a tennis ball, but I gobbled down two in one sitting.  I saved the third one for midnight snack.   I shall upload the shop sign so you won’t get taken in by the copy-cat fake shops on the main street.  Stealing the fruits of other people’s efforts must be a smart thing to do for some people.  You can make quick buck…but at what cost?  Of course, money is important, but I have lived long enough to know that one can end up paying more than the money begotten through copy-

Back-alley gourmet in Taipei and the grace of working class (台北裏道で 見つけた強力水餃子)

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From Penang I flew to Taipei of Taiwan to taste the real thing.  I would not deny the charm of ever evolving Hong Kong cuisine, but there are times for food that has stood the test of time.  I would have headed straight for my favorite restaurant, but their lunch time had finished.  No worries as in Taipei is full of jewels.  Within two minutes-walk of my hotel I discovered one.  I can’t quite pronounce it so I’ll just upload the store sign.  I had a hunch it was good before I even saw the media report hung proud on the wall because of quiet pride and joy in the eyes of their workers. Now, those who read my previous post may think I am having trouble with my old neighbor because she is a bogan of working class background.  No.  I resent her for putting on airs with me pretending to be an elegant English lady and assuming an immigrant like me would not know better.  Well, it so happens I was raised in England during my kinder garden years and I remember the manner of a real sensitive En

Another yummy noodle in Penang and the tower of Babel(ペナン島の美味な る麺とパべルの塔)

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On my last day in Penang I ventured out to the suburbs to visit the Heaven Temple.  It is a multi-layered temple in the term of design。 Chinese and a few South Asian styles have blended marvelously.  It did not have a long history but the scale of it was enough to impress me.  Nearby the temple was the best, much photographed Penang sour Laska’s stall.  I had never eaten at a stall because I was concerned about hygiene, but as the Malaysian driver introduced the stall with pride, I felt obliged to give it a go.  It was so delicious and I suffered no illness afterwards.  Its soup was amazingly multi-layered in taste and flavour, another example of successful multi-nationalism which is not always the case in other countries.    I’ve lived in Sydney for years where I witnessed and even experienced the ugly side of malfunctioned multi-nationalism.   So what is the difference?  I should never generalize, but maybe multi-nationalism cannot work well when one group is bigger than other group

Bias under the shield of fairness and Asian desserts (アジアの甘みと一方 的な告発を鵜呑みにする人)

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I never took to Cendol, a bowl of sweet cold coconut milk soup with strips of green jellies, but that all changed when I tasted the real thing in Penang.  I have already introduced Joo Hooi Café in my past posts.  It is located next to the hugely popular Cendol shop and you can beat the long queue if you order through Joo Hooi after your meal.  The commission is minuscule. The jellies are flavoured with fresh  (I think)  extract of Pandang leaves or stems and that made a HUGE difference adding depth to the dish, which is a stark contrast to the copies I have tasted outside Malaysia.  Cendol’s recipe is available online, but the Malays would not tolerate tasteless strips of jelly coloured with artificial green colour.  Not for the first time was I reminded in Penang never to judge unless you have checked the real things.  And the same goes for people.  Despite my caution, media still gets to me, but some writers have been found out to be less than truthful.  This is where some corny wri

Double Roasted Pork in tropical Penang, Malaysia(熱帯ペナン島の二度焼き チャーシュウ)

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Mr. Somerset Maugham’s praise for the generous Malays is endorsed by the huge Chinese community in Malaysia and Singapore.  It is not my place to speculate the reasons why so many Chinese people decided to leave their homeland behind, but it is good that the Malays have helped them find happiness in the new adopted land.  On the small island of Penang, one gets the impression that there are more Chinese temples than any other religious houses of prayer.  That is the power of China and where do they get it from?  Fantastic food!   Tek Sen: 18-20 Carnavon Street, Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia  is surprisingly clean inside.  Their Double Cooked Pork is AMAZING.    They pour some sweet sauce over before grilling the pork again.  I may be wrong, but you won’t really care when it tastes so good. For those who prefer spicy food, try their other signature dish, vegetable and pork fried with bean paste and chili.  Now, please allow me to slip in PR for my graphic novels which have final

Black Pepper Crab in Singapore(シンガポールで黒胡椒カニ)

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After stuffing myself with vegetarian galore in Darwin I flew to Singapore , the Peranakan (Fusion of Malay and Chinese culture) gem of South Asia.  I love pastel Peranakan colour that matches the sweet soft air of Singapore.  I started the day with Kaya toast, slathered with coconut milk jam, and a coffee.  Ya Kun Kaya is such a famous breakfast institution that requires no explanation. I couldn’t remember how many times I had visited Singapore, but there was still one delicacy I had not tried—Singapore Black Pepper Crab.  More famous is Singapore Chili Crab but I hear the Black pepper version is quite popular among the locals.  The only problem is that it is pricy.  So I had to economize on accommodation which is tricky in this expensive city.  Like Sydney, Singapore has attracted many immigrants pushing up the property and consequently its living cost.  The only thing still cheap here is taxi fare so I caught one to Long Beach Seafood Restaurant at 1018 East Coast Parkway , famou