January 19, 2011

I just want to order a roti prata

From time to time language problems can crop up when you least expect them. One morning recently whilst waiting for a coach to KL I went to a cafe at Novena Square and asked the auntie working there for a plain roti prata. The rough transscript is below:
  • Auntie: Ahh errr what you want ahh?
  • Me: give me roti prata & teh tarik please?
  • Auntie: What lah? what is prata ahh?
  • Me: getting frustrated, a plain roti pr-at-a with chicken curry please?
  • Auntie: Ah what you want? Prata err what lah?
  • Me: now starting to get rather hacked off I just want a roti prata (which was clearly not understand)
  • It was at that point that a fellow customer with a heavy Indian accent said at breakneck speed "he wants a roti prata"
  • Auntie: Oh par----art---aaa lah, sorry ahh, finished, not started yet!

With that it was time to board the bus & 2.5 hrs later at Pagoh rest stop I enjoyed some nice roti telur washed down by a hot and tasty teh tarik.

Still at least it wasn’t as crazy as the time in Bangsar I ordered a coke and got egg fried rice but that’s another story.

1 comment:

  1. Yay! Looks yummy. I would want to try this at home. Thank you for sharing your Roti Prata food experience. ;)