Food and PrejudiceFebruary 10, 2009 at 9:07 am | Posted in iseng, kebudayaan | 26 Comments
Tags: Chinese, food, Indian, prejudice
I am never an adventurous person – I am actually a no-man to the bone [don’t ask me to go to clubs or discotheques!]. Though I support progressive ideas to make our social, political and cultural spheres more spacious and comfortable to live in, I am very much conservative when it comes to food. I believe, with all my heart, that a good food is: One, anything my mother has been giving me since I was days old, and two, some dishes I usually have in Indonesian provinces [excluding East Java and Bali]. And I want them to stay as they are. Innovation is a great sin. No heretic noodle! Nationalism is perhaps obsolete and the world is, so they say, flat; but to me, Indonesian food is the most, if not the only, civilized food in the world [or at least Asia for I haven’t traveled around the world] which doesn’t do your tongue harm and everything is just perfect; not too sweet, not too salty, not too…errr…[pardon my limited English vocabulary on this issue, I am better at theology than culinary thing 😀 ]. Chinese and Indian cuisines? NO, thanks. I’d rather eat junk food. Long live Capitalism Burger King!
THIS…is so wrong. This attitude is in some ways downright chauvinistic, xenophobic, exclusive and even backward! This is also perhaps a little bit racist as I like the white people’s dishes like Pizza Hut or Burger King better than other Asian food. But really, I just can’t help it. I always have this prejudice against any Asian food other than Indonesian, especially Chinese and Indian; that they taste really awful. Well, even the Malaysian food does not suit my taste! Oh, dear. Maybe they are “ in themselves” fairly delicious and, who knows, my mind has been deceiving me all this time, but still the aftertaste of Chinese/Indian food makes me nauseated. Is it the prejudice, or is it the food? But, as one commercial says, taste never lies! Being raised as a Muslim is perhaps one of the reasons why I hate Chinese food. My girlfriend never forgets to remind me: they cook the pork and all the food in the same wok! Oh, God, I can’t stand the smell of what I always presume to be pork in Chinese food stalls! As for Indian food? I don’t know if it is the way it is served or what, I came to an Indian food stall the other day and left the place after tasting what I ordered [it’s only a noodle; but it looked and tasted really repulsive!].
Is it really in your mind? If somebody served you dog shit and you were convinced it was chocolate, would it taste like chocolate? It wouldn’t! Of course, all food are equal. 😀 No food made by civilized people deserves to be called “dog shit”. It’s just that sometimes you have to say things as they are to you. I think we are all created equal. I have Chinese friends, Indian friends, Filipino friends, Australian friends, and even a Jewish friend. They are all nice people. I don’t have a single prejudice against them. I just feel bad for keeping saying to my Asian friends that I don’t like their food, and showing a little bid of disgust after trying their recommended menus. 😦