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.