I realise this post might be a bit sensitive in nature, but please bear with me
I went for dinner one evening with my brother and housemate to PJ State. We wanted some good ol' Hokkien Mee from a shop we went to a few months ago. But after we reached the shop, I realised something was amiss. The tau keh nio was wearing a cloth on her head. A family that would typically not go to a Chinese stall was sitting nearby. There was a picture frame with some calligraphy in it.
It then dawned upon me ..
Oh well, we ordered our usual Hokkien Mee nonetheless. It did taste a bit different compared to the original because of the absence of lard and pieces of crispy pok fat.
Today I had lunch at D' Fish Cafe, formerly known as Chan Tong Kee. I immediately noticed the fine print on the menu cover - Halal certification pending. I then asked 'Do you still serve pork here?'
The waiter responded without hestitation..
Sorry sir, no pok
Not again ! My heart missed a beat.
Pok is getting scarce in KL. I can't expect to get it at our 5 star hotels, and only certain outlets in shopping malls serve it (eg. the 'hawker center' in the basement of Lot 10, and its friggin' expensive).
I wonder in the future ...
Can I still get the fantastic char siew from Toast and Roast?
Will the heart-attack-inducing bak kut teh still be easily available?
And the horror of horrors...
What will happen to my favorite kolo mee without pok ?
Frankly speaking, it seems that the future of pok in Malaysia is bleak despite our PM desperately preaching 1 Malaysia to the Rakyat. I hope I can still have my favorite bowl of kolo mee (along with the rest of my favorite Chinese dishes) in the near future in peace... with pok.