Thursday, 25 March 2010

They can't order

A bunch of students walked into a chicken rice restaurant. Having browsed through the menu and decided on what they want, they started to centralise their orders to a particular person known as S in their group…

S, I want chicken breast rice please” – Shervina Chan said.
“I want chicken breast and roast pork” – Antonio Lim.
“Drumstick for me, de-bone please” – Luke Lau.
“Just chicken rice, any parts will do” – Samantha Yap.
“I am not eating. Just want a drink. Barley ice” – Brenda Wong.

The owner came to the table and S started ordering…
“Hui oi kai hoong. Hui leh jau kai hoong siew yok. Yi go oi kai pei, hui guat. Yi go kai fan, meh doh tuck. Hui jau mo sik, bei pui yim mai ping”

The restaurant owner just stared blankly at S. Do you know why?

Because S, the person who ordered, stands for Subramaniam.


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34 comments:

fufu said...

hohoho ngor oi xiu kai + char siew fan... DHL me to Frankfurt :)

Birthmark said...

This taught us one thing: never say any bad things to other races. You never know how many Subramaniams are out there.

Pinknpurplelizard said...

=.=" What so queer about that? I know many non-chinese ppl who speak chinese. Its just a language.

iamthewitch said...

Amusing :)

Thomas said...

Is this for real Zewt? Come on, at least those ABC wannabes are able to at least say some cantonese words describing simple food. Man, its not like they ordering ma pou tou fu, qing jing bak suk gong etc...Anyway, what a disgrace.

Chloe Teah said...

*shy* but my cantonese sucks big time too =S

day-dreamer said...

LOL GENG! Hats off to S. :D

missironic said...

Hahahahaha.. Quite shy. Once I heard an Indian conversing with a Chinese in Cantonese. Speak so fluently summore.. while I'm a complete banana.. *shy* but, at least I know how to order my chicken rice! :P

Sapphire Dragon said...

Pui fok, pui fok.....haha, yi gor ngo hai ko kor yan, ngo tou hai sor sor kam tai ci hui...

zthon said...

does it mean ALL the chinese who asked S to order can't speak chinese at all?

tsk tsk tsk.

and you wonder how come malays and indians bother learning chinese but chinese don't bother!

Mei Teng said...

I have heard people of other races speak my dialect (Hainanese) and Hokkien.

jam said...

It is a shame Chinese in KL does not know how to converse in Cantonese.

Tunku Halim said...

Ngor oi sek siew gnarp fan! :)

Faisal Admar said...

haha same thing happened to my friend.

right after we finished our last exam, she went to find a job and got one as a sales girl in one of the shopping malls in penang.

her mom is chinese and she could speak hokkien.

at the clothes shop, where she works, few chinese women didn't like her because she is malay. they didn't help her at work and worse they bad mouthed her!

so, when the result of our exam came out, she quit the job. best thing was, she met them and spoke with them in hokkien telling them that all this while she could understand them but she already forgive them. they didn't reply but just look down at the floor.

:)

got few cases happen to me too but let me keep it in me first haha.

Klaw said...

Sounds like a chicken rice stall i go to in Seri Kembangan

eiling lim said...

haha... I like this! I'm always amazed by our multi-lingual society like a guy named called Ravi told me his phone number in cantonese on the phone! lol...

Anonymous said...

this one lagi terror...

chow koay teow yat thip. fong harm, fong har, fong tan moey chee yok, tan hai kar "kacang".

Amanda Christine Wong said...

now that's 1malaysia for ya!

goingkookies said...

wahahah.. tickled me funny bone.

impressed.

Purple~MushRooM said...

How are u my friend? Long time didn't read blogs and spent some time reading your posts today. 4 more weeks to my big day, and I'm praying that it will be a smooth 4 weeks. Saw that u linked my blog on one of your china visit post. No wonder I got some anonymous comments on my blog, must be your blog readers. Take care!

zewt said...

fufu - hahaha... order yourself :P

Birthmark - exactly, that subramaniam sits in my office now.

pinknpurplelizard - the queer is that... most chinese doesnt speak chinese...

iamthewitch - not exactly... it's sad.

Thomas - for real. S is now my colleague. gave me a scare when S started to speak in canto... fluently.

Chloe Teah - time to buck up!

zewt said...

day-dreamer - and shame on those fancy names chinese.

missironic - hahaha... waht about char kuey teow and bak kut teh?

Sapphire Dragon - gang hai lah... gam tong ko tong yan en sik kiu yeh sik, yiu go geiling yan pong hui dei kiu. mo L yong.

zthon - yeah, they cant... and they all have fancy english names.

Mei Teng - we should really buck up.

jam - big shame indeed.

Tunku Halim - lei KL, ngo dei yat chai chut hui sik. ngo cheng.

zewt said...

Faisal Admar - the beauty of being in penang :)

Klaw - wow... u were there?

eiling lim - yup... for those of us who cant speak our dialect, better buck up.

anon @ 27/3 5.29pm - kar kacang? hahahaha... what kinda char kuey teow is that?

Amanda Christine Wong - our very own...

goingkookies - absolutely.

Purple Mushroom - good to hear that you are well and babies are doing good. my best wishes for you in the last crucial 4 weeks.

Clare said...

I stared in amazement at a 'Subramaniam' speaking fluently in Hakka at the next table when I was having my breakfast one morning. I didn't know where to hide my face - I'm Hakka but cannot speak as fluently. Hahahaha!!!

missironic said...

char kuey teow still ok. Bak kut teh got problem.. luckily i dun always need to order by myself. Hahaha..

zewt said...

Clare - what about canto?

missironic - hahah... why? cant select the type of meat you want eh?

Klaw said...

zewt, if that was the same restaurant you are referring to in your story, then yeah.

Work nearby mah :)

Anyways, I was spared the surprise because my colleagues already told me before-hand. I gotta say, their cantonese is more accurate than many KL folks (as in the accent-wise)

missironic said...

Hahaha.. can't say the type of meat I want in canto or mandarin! Banana, banana.. Hahaha..

zewt said...

Klaw - dont think so man. according to S, this was near a college :)

missironic - sigh... buck up ler...

Anonymous said...

i'm a very2 fair-looking chinese & one day, i ordered 'roti canai' from an Indian lady & I spoke to her in very2 fluent Tamil , so she stared at me & smiled & later she charged me ONLY RM1/= for 2 pieces plus one
teh-tarik !! O ! nantri nantri !!

Anonymous said...

I was reading Chinese paper when an Indian man wanted to borrow it ;
I asked : " you read Chinese !? "
He said, " NO, saja mau check TOTO
results ! "

Anonymous said...

To those malaysian-chinese who cant speak Chinese , pls join Perkosa ...
...Perdosa ...oops , Perkasa !

missironic said...

Yeap yeap.. learning learning. At least I can understand 3 dialects! The speaking part got problem... Bucking up! :)

zewt said...

anon @ 1/4 4.37am - ahahaha... numbers are universal language.

anon @ 1/4 4.41am - hahahahah!!

missironic - that's not that bad.