Friday, February 21, 2014

Chinese Smorgasbord?

All of us in Malaysia would be very familiar with "economy rice" or "mixed rice" ( 杂饭 or 什饭) stalls in coffee shops as we can buy the cheapest balanced meal from these stalls. Something similar to Chinese Smorgasbord except that one gets to choose the dishes one would like to eat and just pays for the dishes chosen, not like a buffet where one pays a fixed price to eat as much as one can from the spread of dishes available.

One of the places that I frequent for my lunch

I usually select two vegetable dishes and one dish with meat: 1) Malabar Spinach (帝王苗 - Dìwáng miáo); 2) Water spinach / Water convolvulus (Ipomoea aquatica - 空心菜 - Kōngxīncài); 3) Deep fried pork meat slices with cucumber, tomato and pineapple pieces. Price is MYR4.5 only.

Meal comes with a small bowl of soup-of-the-day

Nothing much in it but two small cubes of daikon / white radish

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    1. This is one of the better Chap Fan shops.

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  2. Over here, they will scoop for us, if i not wrong, over in Malaysia, we scoop the dish we want ourselves....

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    1. Yes, here most of the time we take the food ourselves but there are some stalls that will take for us because they want to control how much food is being taken.

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  3. I don't mind to have economy rice once a while, it's fast and we get to choose many dishes!

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  4. I like to have something like this sometime, if I can't think of what to eat!!! =]

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    1. Most of the time, you eat at home, right?

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    2. Lunch is outside, dinner mostly at home!!!

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