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Fuudie Incensement!

This is a staple Malaysian all-day snack: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roti_canai
This is a staple Singaporean variant of the same dish: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roti_prata

Notice the sheer snobbery of the Singaporean article? Bastards. "The dish has evolved somewhat differently in Singapore and in Malaysia. In Singapore, economic affluence and cultural influences have created variations reflective of the cosmopolitan character of the city. For instance, it is common to find outlets serving roti prata with flavourings as varied as garlic, banana, chocolate, durian and cheese, which, while common in Singapore, is less so in Malaysia."


Also, this is the Roti. Pinnacle of all-day snacking. Toiling worker food. Eaten with yoghurt for simplicity, curried lentils for fulfillment, a glass of tea for companionship, missed during lunch because for some crazy reason, everyone else wants briyani.



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Oct. 25th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC)
roti prata is also the term use in Johor, and it is not exclusively Singaporeans.

Singaporeans, being small need to shout more to say that they are better then others, typical 'siege mentality'. If M'sian do something similar, there will be a huge outcry, but Singaporeans do that all the time.
Oct. 26th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that about roti prata and Johor. Thanks for the info. Though this explains a few things, like why my frozen pack of "roti paratha" is called that when it's made in Selangor. :)

Sometimes, I wonder if Malaysians aren't only slightly better with that siege mentality thing, but I look south at our island neighbours, and I have to geleng kepala-lah. Every time I fly in from Singapore, I have to see that giant sandbar they built right up against our maritime border with Johor. It's very, very sad to look at this brilliantly blue sea, and see that wall in the water. It's almost like watching a fence go up between our two countries.
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