《一传“食”传百》: 英雄所吃略同 Find Dining with Johor Kaki – Great minds taste alike!

[编辑 Editor 刘大人   中译 Translator 吕大人 郑大人   摄影 Photographer Johor Kaki]

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能吃是福
To eat is… bliss!

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年不间断
great years

2,000

店家摊位
stalls visited

100

精选美食
top picks

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美食指南
handy guide

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为时近一年的筹备,这本不插电版的柔佛在地传统美食指南《一传食传百》终于出版了!我想将此本《一传食传百》当作献礼予一群用一生为我们烹煮了那么多美食的饮食业者们,感谢他们的辛勤付出与努力,为我们带来排山倒海的味蕾体验和记忆中的幸福滋味。在此也特别鸣谢MAGistrate杂志大人将之编辑成书,同时也得到马来西亚驰名地产发展商 UMLand Bhd 的热情赞助,使此《一传食传百》得以顺利面世。我已迫不及待想要与各位美食饕客们分享书内的精彩内容啦!

 

Finally, after a year of preparation, the “Find Dining with Johor Kaki” guide to Johor’s heritage and street food is ready 😀 This guide book is not Johor Kaki‘s alone – it also belongs to the hawkers and Johoreans who generously shared tips on where are the best eats in Johor. My special thanks to MAGistrate杂志大人 and UMLand for their support in producing and printing the guide, which will be available to the public later this month!

与柔佛美食结下不解之缘
The “Johor Kaki” story – how it all began…

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5年前退休时,当时还未真正决定该怎么规划我的退休生活,就想不如先做些自己向来就很享受的事情,譬如到处吃美食、拍拍照、发掘新去处还有结交新朋友。我向来就很喜欢动笔写写东西,为美食撰写部落格正好符合了我想做的所有事情。那时,我才刚开始学习怎么用部落格记录我所尝的美食,我想应该没有那么多人会关注我所写的内容吧。

没想到不久后开始有读者给我意见和反馈,那时才意识到原来我的部落格无形中帮助了不少柔佛在地的摊贩及热爱美食的老饕们,这种双赢的局面是我始料不及的。

令人感到鼓舞的是这原本是以我个人有限的资源 (除了时间、精力与付出) 来消磨退休时间的活动,透过社交媒体的力量竟得以与这么多人接轨, 从而变成了有意义的社区服务。

之所以会选择柔佛作为美食起点,是因为我本身很喜欢这里的食物,更希望有一天当人们谈论柔佛美食时,也能像我们讨论槟城或怡保美食时那样推崇备至。几个世纪以来,东西交汇的人文共融早已成就了柔佛州独有的美食文化与传承,而柔佛美食对于在地人或旅人们总是深具魅力,我希望藉着我的部落格能让更多人能发掘这里这份美味。

When I retired 5 years ago, I wanted to do things I enjoy for a short while before deciding what next. I love eating, taking photos, discovering new places, and meeting people. I also enjoy writing. Blogging about food allows me to do all the things I enjoy, together. At that time, I just began to learn about blogging and thought of it as an online digital dairy which few people will read.

Not long after I started blogging, from feedback and response that I am getting, I realised that my blog was making a useful contribution to small stall holders and people looking for food in Johor. My blog was connecting food and beverage businesses with customers.

I felt encouraged that my limited resources (other than time, energy and commitment) could become something valuable to the community by leveraging on the ability of social media to reach and connect people. What was initially a personal pastime became a community service of sorts which I am deeply committed to.

Why Johor? Because I love Johor food and have the vision that one day in the near future, people will talk about Johor food like how they talk about Penang food and Ipoh food today. Because of its rich history and special location at the crossroads between East (China) and West (India) and also North (Asian mainland) and South (Indonesian archipelago), Johor have many unique and delicious food to share with the world. I hope Johor Kaki blog helps more people discover the wonderful whole of Johor food.

觅食过程中的酸甜苦辣
The highs and lows

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我最开心的就是每当有摊贩告诉我,他们的生意甚至是生活都因为我部落格的分享而逐渐好转了。这份正能量,总能让我忘却之前遇到的种种困难而更有动力地继续分享。

It always leaves me energized and happy for many days whenever a small stall holder tells me that his/her business, and therefore their livelihood, has improved when people share about them on social media. Encounters like this make me forget the considerable difficulties I faced in keeping Johor Kaki blog going.

坚持自费买单
Paying for my own meals…

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一开始,这就是属于我的私人美食日记,有别于一般日记的就是这是一本公开给大家阅读的美食日记。源于对美食自发的热忱,所以我从没打算要收取任何费用,除非真的有那样的必要,但就目前的情况而言,我觉得还是会遵从自己内心所愿而坚持自费买单。

同时,我们也想告诉各位一个好消息!由于美食传承乃属甜美的文化果实,其因汇聚了在地朋友及读者们无私推荐的美食养分而茁壮成长。为了让柔佛的好味道远播传承,这本限量版的《一传食传百》将免费与大众分享😊 !

The matter of getting paid for food reviews does not arise as Johor Kaki is just a pastime and merely my online personal eating dairy. The only difference between Johor Kaki blog and a traditional dairy is that my food dairy blog is open for everyone to read.

At the moment, I like to stay true to the original purpose of Johor Kaki blog when it was started. Any change will only be when it is absolutely necessary.

We have also decided to distribute this Johor Kaki guide book free of charge as an appreciation to Johor hawkers and also their customers. Because, only when there are both hawkers and supportive customers will any food culture thrive and grow from strength to strength.

将柔佛美食发扬光大
Discovering the unique Johor identity…

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与世界其他地方一样,柔佛州也拥有属于自己特色的菜肴。就辣沙而言,全马各州拥有自己特别烹调的辣沙如槟城辣沙,而柔佛辣沙也是其中一个。每份食物的呈现都蕴藏了特定族群或是区域的历史发展、地形及食材的演变,而逐渐形成了专属的特色美食。当然,对一个饕客来说,我们就拥有更多机会享受不同的美食啦!

食物不仅仅是族群特征,同时也是骨子里烙印的乡愁,深藏着一股强大的人文力量把人们紧密联系在一起。不难发现,无论人处在何时何地,任何节庆、祭祀、礼俗等都少不了食物,甚至是人与人之间的关爱表现,也能通过分享食物来表现。一起享用美食这看似普通的日常生活饮食活动,其实在你与朋友、家人之间潜移默化、言传身教地传递着各种文化交流及构建共同认知。因此,我希望可以透过柔佛特色美食能让更多的外来访客可以贴近在地民众的生活。

Johor have it’s unique dishes which the Johoreans identify closely with. For example, we all know that every region of Malaysia have their version of laksa, Laksa Johor being one of them and Asam Laksa Penang is another. The variations are outcomes from historical developments, and the influence of different ingredients from the land and sea. These variations are important as it represents the unique identity of communities of people and differentiates one community from another. From a foodie’s point of view, we have more recipes and dishes to enjoy.

Food gives communities identity and at the same time, food has the power to bond peoples, within communities and between communities. No matter where we are, we find that people celebrate with food. People show love and care by sharing food. Eating together is a form of cultural exchange and strengthens relationships – people who eat together, stay together, be it family, friends and even international communities. So, I hope that greater awareness of Johor’s unique food brings Johoreans and visitors closer together.

传统滋味、何去何从?
Savour the past and taste the future…

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随着时间、环境和人的变迁,食物口味的变化是很正常的。相反的,遭遇同样的变迁后,却毅然传承了传统滋味的美食是非常少见、稀有的,我们应该好好地珍惜才是。

很庆幸的,我在柔佛州还发现了好几间这样的珍宝美食!譬如说,位处新山市中心的甡兴潮式粿条汤,代代相传的好滋味依旧不变,只是未来的走向谁也没法确知;协裕面包西果厂,传承数代后依然坚守柴窑烘烤的古老技法,手工生产每日现做的面包及香蕉蛋糕。

不过,大家必须意识到的是,那些让人津津乐道的传统滋味是必须靠大家的支持才得以长久传承。正因如此,我为自己创建的Johor Kaki部落格在这方面献出了自己的一份绵力而感到欣慰。

It’s natural that food changes over time just as places change, people change, everything changes. Food that do not change much even when many things around it have changed are naturally rare and should be treasured as living legacies.

In Johor, it is fortunate that there are still a few such gems. Sang Heng noodle shop in downtown Johor Bahru is much the same to this day but we are not sure about the future. Hiap Joo’s banana cake baked with a near century old wood fired oven looks secure in the hands of the next generation.

But, we need to recognise that these are living legacies which need to be supported if we hope to continue enjoying them in the future. I am glad that Johor Kaki blog plays a small part in this effort.

保持饮食平衡健康?
Feed or fit?

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其实我并没有如外表看起来那么健康,我的体重、胆固醇、血压和血糖都超标了。因此,我必须好好斟酌每一次吃进肚子的美食,也尽可能多做运动。我现在每天至少快走四十分钟,一有机会也会去参加徒步健行活动。

读者们或许也发现,我已开始在部落格分享一些徒步健行的健康活动。下一步,我计划在自己的部落格中加入健康饮食的部分,借此也为自己的健康稍做警惕之用。

No, no, no, I am not exactly fit as a fiddle. I am overweight and have too high cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. While eating, I have to watch what I eat and also exercise as much as possible. I brisk walk at least 40 minutes everyday and go trekking whenever I have the opportunity.

I am already blogging about healthy lifestyle activities like trekking. Next, I am going to include a healthy eating section in Johor Kaki blog. That will remind me to watch my diet.

柔佛街边小食以外的日子
Life beyond Johor Kaki…

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Johor Kaki 其实就是我的网络日记本,所以只要我有机会到处游走,就会在里面分享我对当地食物、人和景物的看法及感想。

我对于各地的代表性食物情有独钟,如柔佛州的柔佛辣沙、新加坡的海南鸡饭、印尼的安邦饭、曼谷的船面等等。通过这些美食,及美食背后一段段触动人心的人与事,我们可以探索涵盖当中的历史和文化演变。我将持续进行这一趟用味觉寻觅他人生活价值观的奇妙之旅😊。

Johor Kaki is at it’s core, just my online diary. When I have the opportunity to travel occasionally, I will share my personal thoughts about the food, people and places that I have experienced.

I am especially interested in representative dishes through which we can understand a place, it’s history and people. For example, Johor’s Laksa Johor, Singapore’s Hainanese chicken rice, Indonesia’s nasi ambeng, Bangkok’s boat noodles, and many more. This food adventure is a never-ending journey of wondrous discoveries.

幕后花絮
Behind the scenes

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2 Comments
  1. It is such a great surprise that such great work over the years is published and given for free. Thank you very much to Tony Johor Kaki , MAGistrate & UMLand for being so kind & generous – both to the food outlets & the customers! I personally know Tony – he is such a good-natured & friendly person. He would never take any advantage of being a famous food blogger. ( Pn Chong L H)

    1. Indeed, great minds taste alike! Thanks for your kind words, and the privilege and pleasure is also ours to collaborate with Tony in this meaningful project. Cheers!

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