The Fish that Escaped the Net of Globalization – Spicy Salted Fish Soup Noodle
葉文龍YIP Man Lung
楊雪汶YEUNG Suet Man
章海欣CHEUNG Hoi Yan
Globalization not only brings in economical and quality services to Hong Kong, but also delicious food like Indonesian instant noodles. However, there are many things left out by globalization, for instance, Indonesian salted fish and memories of the domestic helpers who work away from home. Sih, the interviewee, insists on using Indonesian salted fish to prepare ikan asin pedas. Unfortunately, such kind of salted fish has slipped out of the net of globalization – by using salted fish from Hong Kong as an ingredient, it is hard to reproduce the exact taste Sih described. Another interviewee, Yadi, favors Indonesian instant noodles with soup because that was how her grandmother prepared noodles for her when she was small. This has then become the most precious taste in her memories. Both love their hometown dishes. While going through many years of ups and downs in a foreign place, the sensation of taste has probably become the channel through which they could instantly travel home.
Translated by FOK Wai Ting, Natalie