Thursday, January 15, 2009

Why On Earth....?

Spending RM10 for a decent meal in Klang Valley is considered reasonable nowadays. While for some, RM50 for a decent buffet is enjoyable. Even spending RM100 once in a while for a sumptuous Japanese buffet at Jogoya@Starhill KL is considered as affordable.

But if you were to spend RM50 for a small bowl of this, would you?

Many Chinese would! Gosh..... what on earth....??

It's a famous FooChow dish called '佛跳墙' or translated as 'monk jump over the wall'. A soupy dish with many 'good' stuff as Chinese says, that's include shark-fin, abalone, sea cucumber, dried scallop and high grade mushrooms as main ingredients. This dish was served in the wedding banquet I went to last weekend. The restaurant is situated at Nilai, and is known for this particular dish.

I was upset seeing this dish. Not that it's because it's expensive, but because it contain parts of endangered species. The gene-pool (the treasure of future survival) of the sharks is running thin, while sea cucumber, once found in abundance in Malaysian sea shore, is now rarely seen. They're at the edge of extinction. Yet, many Chinese just couldn't understand this simple fact that once these species are gone, their valuable genes (and probably very valuable for future survival as cure for diseases) vanishes with them.

Chinese, especially the older generations, will still insist that shark-fin soup or similar to be served in their son or daughter's wedding banquet, a sign of prosperity. What on earth.....??


As I go to the wet market every Saturday, I noticed that many stalls had put up their 'precious goods' for sale. Since Chinese New Year is around the corner, people will spend on these items regardless of the price. The sea cucumber of bigger sizes are sold at RM500 per kilo, while the smaller ones are priced at RM450 per kilo. Would you buy those? They would, but I won't. What on earth.....?

My fellow Chinese (and others), if you're lover of these items, I beg you to stop, for my future generations need to survive on these.

19 comments:

nazzman ibrahim said...

ish ishhhh tak tau nak kata apa ops

eQbalzack said...

pic last tu mcm keropok lekor je josh..haha

p/s: on diet....hehe

Puan A said...

betoi...saya pon x setuju..apa la diorg ni..sedap sgt ke? telur penyu pon jgn mkn tau!

pn. lala said...

yelah .... betul tu, what & why on earth.
what were they thinking .

kak ja said...

RM 50 semangkuk? Uissshhh, ni jauh lbh mahal drp nasik campoq kja 'makan' mlm tadi!! ENAM BELAS RINGGIT SETENGAH!!!

Josh said...

[Nazz] Baca je, takyah kata apa-apa. hehe

[eQ] amboi.. good imagination! haha.
Eh, on diet?? biar betul?? eQ yg badan cantik ni nak DIET?? ish ish... (geleng kepala)

[Puan A] Iye cikgu, telur penyu pun takleh makan. hehe

[Puan Lala] they were thinking about their stomach.

[Kak Ja] hm........ Josh buat muka bila baca 'enam belas ringgit setengah' tu... ishhh... hahahaha

mazddaud said...

sign of prosperity? for me...they try to shows their status....

eQbalzack said...

badan cantek...??? perot ni kalau tak ke gym harus mcm org pregnat 9 bulan....hahaha

azizi said...

i do agree with you. as a matter of fact, too many things - such as exotic stuffs have been eaten worldwide.
....
hopefully one day our future generation will not be blaming us as "those greedy species"

Faisal Admar said...

Yes, leave alone the cutie sea cucumber and the shark. Inah told me there are lots of sharks in Australia. Perhaps, we should go hunt there! Lol.

Anak Jawa said...

AJ pun tgh diet gak...

* tetap nk bgtau gak ni!!!! kah kah kah

[danial][ma] said...

hej! josh...i guess that you did not drink that soup...if not, i will kick your butt...hehehehe...;-)...see, i don't eat fish, fish is my friend...hehehehee...

Josh said...

[Maz] That's part of the reason too. Ish... asyik nak show offffff je.

[eQ] Pregnant 9 bulan?? Tu ler yang Josh maksudkan Chanteekk!!
Takyah ler diet lebih-lebih, biar berisi sikit, baru sedap peluk. hahaha

[Azizi] you're right. they even eat snakes, bear, tiger... aiyooo....
I don't want to be referred as "those greedy species".

Josh said...

[Faisal] Pergi la kalo berani, mau kena panah Inah! hahahaha

[AJ] ?? hhhhaaahh? apa benda tuuu??? (pura-pura tak faham).

[Danial] Yup. I didn't. Marah oooo....
Yah right, fishes are your friend.

aShaBuLz said...

uuuu....endangered species...must protect them..huhu~

Inah said...

hehehe josh..yeap..lots of sharks in aussie now..3 cases already :)

perhaps sharks sume lari ke sini..hehehe..sbb australian ni penyayang pada binatang.. :)

Josh said...

[Ashabulz] a'ah, we got to protech them. Kalo Ashabulz nampak siapa-siapa yang bunuh endangered species, sepak je diaorang.

[Inah] Whooaahh... 3 cases. bahaya, tapi siapa suruh gi main-main (swim) kat rumah (territory) orang??

Jovial Diamond said...

sea cucumber tuh nmpak cam keropok lekor jer...

Josh said...

[JD] ish... macam keropok lekor pulak, bukan macam tahi kucing ke??