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Since when was my favorite tau huay too low class?


One thing I cannot stand is elitism…especially social elitism. That is precisely what happened when this so-called posh French picnic Diner en Blanc (The White Dinner) wanted to hold its event in Singapore.  According to their website:

At the last minute, the location is given to thousands of friends and acquaintances who have been patiently waiting to learn the “Dîner en Blanc’s” secret place. Thousand of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space. Over the course of an evening, the diners enhance the function and value of their city’s public space by participating in the unexpected. Beyond the spectacle and refined elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by a love of beauty and good taste. Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamour of court society, and diners engage one another knowing they are taking part in a truly magical event. There are no disruptions: no car traffic, no pedestrian traffic, except for the occasional amazed and astonished looks from passersby at the scene unfolding before them. And we, as they, wonder whether it’s all not a dream…

A local food blogger was uninvited to the dinner after he posted a list of local foods he suggested that guests could bring to the event. The blogger, Daniel Ang, was invited to cover the event. The food suggestions he had posted on his blog included chee cheong fun (rice noodle rolls), fishballs, chicken rice, chwee kueh (steamed rice cake) and tau hway (soya beancurd). When he asked the organisers whether his post was all right, he was told that it was. However, he was asked to remove it the next day. Apparently, he was told by the organisers that local delicacies were not on a par with the image of the event. He refused to take down the post and what happens? He gets uninvited from the event.

Twats.

Now people are asking…is our local food considered “peasant food”? All I say to the organisers is: Go forth and multiply

 

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