Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Paddington House or Paddington Bear?

Voon and I had pancakes for lunch on Sunday because she had been craving them for a month. We went to a pancake restaurant that seemed more synonymous with Paddington Bear than pancakes, or maybe that's just me and my background of Paddington Bear cartoons presuming that the bear had anything to do with the naming of the eatery. Maybe like Paddington Bear, the restaurant was just named after Paddington station in London after all, you can also find Victoria Station restaurant in Ampang, which even has the underground sign as its signboard. Even more like Paddington Bear, the pancakes on offer are multicultural; Holland, America and France to name a few. Paddington Bear comes from Peru but currently resides in London :) I would give the 'Chicago' I had a 3 out of 5 because it was burnt round the edges, even though its size was fairly impressive and I was naturally and consciously comparing it to My Old Dutch (see May my 21st entry for more details).

I know it sounds very unpatriotic, regardless of the "Malaysia Boleh!" (Malaysia can) attitude that spans ummm... Malaysia, but though by Malaysian-cum-Western standards it could be considered fair, by International standards, it has much to live up to. The cuisine scene in Malaysia should stick to what it does best (think bak kut teh, apam balik, roti canai, kolo mee with char siu oil, ketupat, asam fish head curry with sweet rolls, bamboo chicken, claypot anything, bidin with sardines, keropok with homemade achar, nasi lemak, satay (with extra peanut sauce!!), chicken in ginger and soya sauce, mango chicken, Chinese roast duck, crispy birthday noodles, yam basket, oh jien, butter prawns, squid in duck egg batter, kai lan in garlic... ) and not try mimic the west because we have much to offer yearning gastric juices that pine for a gut-blowing experience. I suppose the Western style cuisine satisfies a demand in the market for Western food but the sad fact is that just as true-blue Malaysian food with its infused spices and tangy juices cannot be found in London, so authentic English food cannot be reproduced in Malaysia. I love mash potatoes but personally, it is simply too hot to enjoy mash in Malaysia and the mass produced mash I get in restaurants although not quite heresy, isn't great. Sometimes some Malaysian dishes local to region cannot even be found in other parts of Malaysia!! Take kolo mee for example. All Kuching people crave it and for all that the capital had to offer, it cannot offer kolo mee.

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