Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Chap Fan Lady Freaked Out


Whenever I go and eat chap fan, the lady boss never speaks to me beyond telling me the price to pay. Not that she is snobbish or anything.

It's just that she noticed that I don't speak Cantonese (in the early days, she said chat khau poon (seven fifty) and I went, huh?). 


My command of Cantonese is just enough for me to understand how much my food cost. And oh, I don't use the word kar fan (extra rice) anymore.


She is quite chatty with some of her other customers and when there is a lull in service, she has a bit of fun joking with the coffee shop foreign workers.


And then one day, she finally spoke to me. 


When she saw what was on my plate, she could hold her tongue no longer.


"Aiyerrr!!! Lei mou sek fan sek hamtan!!!". My Cantonese has improved by leaps and bounds to understand what confounded the good lady. For my friends who don't understand Cantonese, translation : "Aiyeerrr!!! You don't eat rice and you eat salted egg!!!"

42 comments:

  1. Hi PH
    Tadi dah komen tak lepas plak tenet slow ujan2 ni
    Whatever it is...nampak sedap semua tu...salted egg tu menggoda betul hehee

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    1. Hi Lina! PH suka salted egg, tapi bahagian kuning aje :)

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  2. hahaha Aiyeerrr!!!! janji happy maaa...
    sayangnye takde nasik lah PH lauk semuanya ngancam selera

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    1. Nak kurus, Kak Noor. So berkorbanlah tak makan nasi huhuhu...

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  3. Hahahahahaha! You finally make the lady boss cannot tahan anymore until she had an outburst like that. Wah, the yolk is so shiny that it is calling me. Yums! Yums!

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    1. Wahahaha!! I could not resist the salted egg but actually I only like the yolks.

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  4. I understand Cantonese. From the tv drama. But I dont really have good command when it comes to speech. Hardly speak that language in East Nalaysia. Haha.

    Chap fan. My favourite of all time. Haha. I dont mind salted egg on certain day when I feel like it. Never order such chap fan without fan before. Lol. I must have rice.

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    1. I have lived in PJ for almost 30 years and yet haven't picked up Cantonese. In fact those Indon workers can speak it so fluently!

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  5. Well, next time do remember to order 'kar fan',okay ^_^

    The combination of food on your plate were 'amazing' to me. If I were you, I will just have all meaty stuff.

    By the way, I don't exactly know what chap fan is! Is it a plate of lauk-pauk or what? Main hentam saja komen ^_^

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    1. hah..hah...I love lots of fan but diet punya pasal cannot :(

      Chap fan is nasi campur.

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  6. That looks like your menu from Mon - Fri though I see a 'constant' in all your dishes...cili api! O_o I think I like Fri the best coz I love hamtan too (especially when the yolk is all glistening and oily like that)...but I need rice lah...wuahahahaha...otherwise very salty leh! ;)

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    1. hee..hee...I must have my cili api for some kick! The bittergourd and kangkung was not so salty, so it was quite OK that day.

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  7. LOL!!! I was looking for some place to go for chap fan today...but did not see any I fancied so I ended up going for nasi bryani instead. Yours look good. Tomorrow perhaps...

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    1. I am fortunate to have good chap fan in my area.

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  8. I can understand Cantonese (simple), but can't speak...

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  9. cuz, sek hamtan means something else ler...but I cant remember what :p

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    1. Aiyo! Apa tu? Hope it is not something obscene >.<

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  10. I am going to say the same thing too.. Aiyer.. no rice how to eat salted egg? :) But on second thoughts, mash the salted egg up and eat with the greens and meat, can be very very tasty too!

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    1. hah..hah..I mixed it with the vege which were both not so salty. It was just nice!

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  11. wah, is there any rice at all on the plates? actually this is a good way to cut the carbs, ya ... though i would still want maybe five spoonfuls of rice to soak up some of the sauces :D

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    1. No rice at all. A little bit of rice is fine but I would rather have lots or none at all.

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  12. LOL!

    I am not very fluent in Cantonese too, guess that's because Northern people speaks more Hokkien, hehe!

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    1. Oh, you too! I see I have many gang! LOL!

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  13. haha...u r exactly like my colleague who can only understands hokkien and very minimal cantonese. But nowadays most hawkers can speak mandarin well, so perhaps can converse in mandarin? Funnily people sees me and speaks mandarin to me then turn to the other fella and speaks canto to them...

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    1. Mandarin pun I cannot. So hopeless. LOL!

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  14. Beza banyak sangat ke bahasa Cantonese dgn Mandrin ni LL sampai sesetengah Chinese pun tak faham....

    I rasa you kena banyak praktis cantoneselah LL....nanti boleh dapat murah hihi...

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    1. Ada beza, Hainom. Dua2 LL tak reti cakap. Teruk kan?

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  15. Kak e kong hokkien ua mah... nasi beh hiao kong,mung kecek basa ganu jer...

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  16. So cute that lady. She just concerned I guess

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  17. Hahaha LOL, I can sing some Cantonese songs, speak simple Cantonese and can understand some Cantonese but my Cantonese accent is like some foreigner speaking Mandarin, LOL

    I must have rice too like Rose

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  18. I just broke up laughing after reading the last bit!

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    1. hee..hee... I'll think twice before pulling the same stunt again!

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  20. Your chap fan choices I like. If I see salted egg yolk like this oily one, I will surely order, rice or without rice. I can only tahan half the amount of cili padi. If I finish the same amount as on your plate, my ear and tongue will be on fire! Ha ha ha!

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    1. LOL! The cili padi was not that hot. The worst is the red one!

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  21. I'm growing up speaking Cantonese :P Really lah, if eat hamtan without rice is too salty lah LOL

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    1. It was OK because I mixed it up with the vegetables hah..hah..

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