Rojak, Nasi Lemak (1909)
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ROJAK, NASI LEMAK
NASI LEMAK--37,200 Google hits, 869 Google Groups hits
(Not in OED, "miserable on world food")
ro·jak (plural ro·jaks)
1. mixed salad: a mixed salad of fruit and vegetables
[Late 20th century. From Malay, literally "mixed."]
ro·jak (plural ro·jaks)
1. taboo term: a taboo term for a person of mixed ethnic background (slang)
You might also search for the usual Indonesian spellings of the salad:
"rujak" (spelling since 1972), "rudjak" (spelling from 1950 to 1972), or
"roedjak" (spelling before 1950 and still the most common Dutch spelling).
In Indonesia, the sweet/sour/spicy "rujak" sauce is also used for grilling
chicken or beef, in a dish called "ayam bumbu rujak" (chicken) or "daging
bumbu rujak" (beef). There's a hit for "daging bumbu rujak" in a March
31, 1965 LA Times review of JB's Little Bali Cafe in Inglewood.
Remarkably, the restaurant is still there and is still serving "daging
I hate that guy.
There's no way that anyone can possibly beat Encarta's entry of "late 20th
century," but we'll try anyway.
This book is absolutely wonderful for Malay language terms.
PAPERS ON MALAY SUBJECTS.
(Published by direction of the Government of the Federated Malay States.)
R. J. Wilkinson, F.M.S. Civil Service, General Editor.
LIFE AND CUSTONS.
THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF MALAY LIFE.
THE KAMPONG. THE HOUSE. FURNITURE. DRESS. FOOD.
by R. O. Winstedt, F.M.S. Civil Service
Printed by J. Russell at the F.M.S. Government Press
Woman and children, if they have no appetite for rice or if their employment
delay the substantial meal, will indulge, in the heat of the day, in a fiery
cold vegetable salad(1) eaten alone; its ingredients consisting of banana,
pineapple, yams, beans, tubers, and _mengkudu_ cut fine and mixed with
fish-paste and shredded chillies and flavoured with salt, sugar and tamarind.
He will(1) boil the rice along with such spices as carraway seeds, cloves,
mace, nutmeg and ginger and garlic, in dripping or coconut oil; or(2) he will
boil it in coconut milk instead of water; or he(3) will gild the lilyh with
turmeric, using glutinous rice.
(1) _Nasi minyak_ or _nasi samin_. (2) _Nasi lemak_. (3) _Nasi kunyit_
COMPLETELY OFF TOPIC
WHERE DID BARRY POPIK EAT ON TUESDAY?--Joe's Shanghai, on 56th Street
between 5th and 6th Avenues. It's not far from my home. I noticed on prior walks
that the Joe's Shanghai in Queens and the Joe's Shanghai in Chinatown were both
packed. This midtown place wasn't packed at dinnertime. Surprisingly, the
midtown joint drew a Chinese crowd. Joe's Shanghai claims to have invented soup
dumplings. It's a good place, solid, but I don't know why people go crazy
WHERE DID BARRY POPIK EAT ON WEDNESDAY?--Yum Thai, 129 West 44th Street,
between 6th Avenue and Broadway. It's a short walk from the New York Public
Library. It's a hole in the wall place, but the customer before me chatted that
he liked it a lot. I had a meal for under $12, and it's a cafeteria-type so no
tip is required. Can't beat that.
CONVERSATION OF THE WEEK: It was revealed that Steve Koldony, a friend of
mine, was just fired. Whether you've worked for a day or a week or a year or ten
years or twenty years, you just one day get a letter in the mail that your
services are no longer required, and that's that. Kolodny was a young guy,
bright, conscientious, and everyone was surprised. They asked me why.
"He had opinions." I said.
"He had opinions? You have to do what they tell you. We're judges. We can't
have opinions. Was he crazy?"
"He was usually right. Maybe he wanted to do a good job."
"Did he need the money?"
"I think he did."
ENTERTAINMENT OF THE YEAR:
DAVE GORMAN'S GOOGLEWACK ADVENTURE--This Off-Broadway show has been
extended, but ends in about a week. It started at the Edinburgh Festival. There is a
book tie-in. Someone told Dave that his web site had a "Googlewack" (two
words with only one Google hit). This started his "Googlewack Adventure"--to find
and successfully meet up with ten Googlewacked people in a row.
My question was--why? Gorman likes to say that he had no idea it would be a
stage show, but there's no other purpose to it. He tells people that he "was
drunk" when he did certain things, but then do drunk people carry digital
cameras? (SPOILER ALERT!) He goes to Australia for a final Googlewack and
suddenly is told about the international date line thing--I saw that about half an
hour before, and it's beyond belief that he wouldn't know this.
It's entertaining, but it depressed me. He's won awards. He's received good
reviews. He's been interviewed in the NY press. People pay to see him. How
does this happen to him? For this?? For a pointless "Googlewack Adventure"? I
fly around the world too, and say solve "the Windy City," and people are
actually insulted when I give away my work for free, and they torture me all my
life. HOW HAS HE WON AWARDS? And then he freely admits that he hasn't worked a
day in his life. You mean, he hasn't done parking tickets for fifteen years?
It's a nice show and he's a nice guy, but I wanted to kill him.
SIDEWAYS--This is supposedly the movie of the year. It features win, food.
Paul Giamatti plays another Barry Popik-type character, but he's not me. He's a
divorced, broke school teacher who writes an unpublished novel and winds up
romancing Virginia Madsen. HOW DOES HE GET VIRGINIA MADSEN?
I should have killed myself years ago.
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