Tuesday, December 11, 2007

What If It's Really True?

Curry is good for you. It must be true because I read it in a newspaper and since it's in the newspaper I believe it has gotta be true since people don't write things that are untrue and got them published. Which is different from blogs. You can write anything in a blog and get them published. But my blog's different. It's written based on what I've read in a newspaper. So in a lot of ways, my blog is as good as a newspaper. So if a newspaper says curry is good I'd say, it's really true. Which is why I've been consuming curry as if it's food from heaven ever since I read that incredible report in the newspaper.

The newspaper says something in the curry that's so good for the brain that it can delay diseases such as Alzheimer. I can't remember if it's the cardamom or the turmeric but either one of these can slow down the brain from going under that you may actually die first before Alzheimer could get to you. I'd say what better way to eat your way to a healthy lifestyle than to enjoy your curry and let the world turn upside down as it is.

Don't you go on accusing me of sucking up to one of them curry houses in the city. They don't pay me to write this. Maybe they've paid the guy who wrote the report in the newspaper but they haven't called me to talk about money for this entry. So you can bet your left toe that this blog is as clean a write-up as a baby fresh out of a womb.

I'm inclined to believe that cooking curry is the same as playing the drums, or bass guitar. Every one can do it but not every one can do it well. Which is why I don't cook curry at home. When it comes to curry I trust only a handful of Mamak restaurants in the city. I won't tell you where they are because the information may cause a lot of problem for me later. Say for example I need my daily fix of curry and I go to my favorite restaurant and lo and behold who do I find there? You and the rest of the gang waiting in line to get your fix of curry too. And this is a problem because I don't have the patience to wait more than 3 seconds for my curry. Which brings me to a phrase I once read in a newspaper that claims; curry, hurry and worry isn't too good for your blood pressure. Since this is a newspaper report, I'm inclined to believe that it's true but it's gonna take more than this to make me stop from doing curry. So what did I do?

I'm a smart guy, in fact I'm so smart I could be a dietitian or a doctor. The way I've figured it's purely mathematics. There are three elements in there that can raise your blood pressure i.e curry, hurry and worry. All I gotta do is take out the hurry and the worry, and leave the curry alone and I've got nothing to worry about. Now tell me if I'm not good with my brain. And it's all thanks to curry I tell ya.

Okay, maybe it's gonna take more than one entry to convince you but quite frankly I'm not too worried about this. The way I figure, I don't owe anybody anything to make anyone who isn't a curry lover into a curry fanatic. I'm not on a mission to turn this country into a nation of curry lovers. There's no hurry to do that and since you know hurry isn't too good for blood pressure, I'd be the last person to get everyone to love curry. In fact I'd prefer that the number of curry lovers be maintained at the current level in order for this thing called curry to maintain its mysterious appeal to people like me. You can't do curry the way you do McDonald or Kentucky Friend Chicken. Curry just doesn't cut it good for this type of marketing. But then again, there are a lot of people with big ideas out there who are fully capable of turning everything into an industry. As for today, I gotta go to that favorite restaurant of mine for a bit of lamb curry.

Keep this entry a secret. Promise?


Blogger Kata Tak Nak said...

Don't worry your secret is safe, I'm gonna share it with only those who like curry and we all know there aren't that few of them around. You don't believe me? Ask the newspapers.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous MrsZ said...

Shhhh...your secret is safe with me too. Was brought up in Penang and a curry lover.I make good curry too!!!Will only use the spices from Bagan Ajam.Maybe we should form a club for curry lovers...but shhhh...don't tell the others.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Zabs said...

Salam Bergen,
I love curry too, but only the curry cooked by the wife. Mamak curry too rich for me. To enjoy your curry don't eat in a hurry, otherwise the mamak got worry, you might cabut lari. LOL.

5:15 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Kata Tak Nak: That's what I do, cikgu. When in doubt, I look in the paper and I'd be informed. LOL. Or better still, I turn on RTM 1 to get the truth. LOL.

Mrsz: We'd be better start communicating in codes from now on. Okay, for a start 'Anise' stands for A. Brinjal stands for B. Chilli is C, dan seterusnya until I figured out the whole alphabet and then we figure what secret message to exchange.

Zabs: ...cabut lari naik lori terus jumpa Kumari dan kawin lari. Does this make sense to you? LOL

5:31 PM  
Blogger Zabs said...

Salam again Bergen,
Just drop by to inform you that your name was also mention on page 236 of the book (GUiT). You should get the book and it sign as well. They will still be in Malaysia until January. Jaflam of http:
//jaffpoint.blogspot.com/,should know how to contact them.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Fauziah Ismail said...

Salam Bergen
Now you've got my mouth watering and Mak is not home to cook my favourite kari ikan kurau masin!

9:14 PM  
Blogger NJ said...

Bergen Sir, you and your fan club never fail to tickle me..LOL. Oh boy, I gotta hurry and scurry to cook curry for the hubby (alamak doesn't ryhme pulak..:D), else he might get angry.

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its the turmeric that delays Alzheimers according to the diet followed by people in India where they have a very low incidence of alzheimers. Either that or its the fact that 80% of the people in India follow a vegetarian lifestyle.

8:33 AM  
Blogger IBU said...

But 'they' (who? dunno la) also said the 'kepala ikan' & anything else that come from edible internal organs of animals (such as hati & err.. what else is edible?) can cause you to loose memory faster.

So much so that a lot of japanese avoid such internal organs. Even tahfiz alquran schools advise to avoid those in their students daily diets ( no... my children are not in there yet.... sigh...).

So for malaysians who love curry kapla ikan - we are back to square one lorrrr... hehehe....

10:06 AM  
Anonymous blackrose said...

am craving for kari kepala ikan now...it's because of u Mr Berg....
wanna join me???

10:16 AM  
Blogger dee3 said...


i can never resist curry.
bloated as hell, and i'll still pile on the rice to go with the curry!!!

11:45 AM  
Blogger dee3 said...

ooppss.. all except 'chinese curries' la. tawar hibaq!

11:46 AM  
Anonymous podgykat said...

ooooh, me lurve curry!! haha. Incidentally, I've curry puffs on my blog today. All this curry talk is getting to me; off I go to rummage freezer and pantry to see if I have the ingredients to whip up a curry in a hurry!! All thanks to you, Bergen! :)

12:13 PM  
Blogger yasmin said...

i love curry, and i love this charming posting.

4:04 PM  
Blogger norlyda said...

Salam Mr.B.
Amboi sedapnya!!
Yes,I think u r right v d spices used in d curry,4 my ma n pa seems to remember everything..everything,mind u!
She loves Pajeri n he loves Kari.
So now my family has become curry freaks!(my hubby pun darah penang..Nalla punya baguih!)

10:39 PM  
Blogger Zawi said...

Salam, came by way of zabz.
My first time here. Really love what I found so I am requesting your permission to put your site on my favs.

8:36 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Zabs: Thank you, sir. I've got me the book and all I've gotta do now is go look for Sir Awang Goneng so he can write something like 'To Bergen' or something thereabout and I'd be the happiest guy in the world.

9:23 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Fauziah Ismail: I've heard about this kari ikan masin kurau and lemme tell ya that this alone is enough to make me go crazy. When you mom does cook it be sure to give me a call. I'll do the dishes, fix everything in the house, including leaking roofs and pipes, fix your car and everybody's car you know. I even sweep and mop the floors.

9:25 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

NJ: Good to have a partner who loves the same thing you love like curry. I believe curry can solve all the world's problems, including global warming.

9:26 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Anonymous: You've got it right, but I believe you can't eat turmeric alone. You gotta mix it up with other stuff for it to work like a charm. And what better way to have turmeric than curry. Right?

9:27 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Ibu: Maybe there's some truth in it, or maybe there isn't. But kari kepala ikan is irresistable and people all over the world are beginning to enjoy it, even in non-curry countries like New Zealand. Thanks to a couple of Malaysians there who introduced this to the Kiwis. Sooner of later this is gonna be the national dish for a lot of countries and I'm quite disappointed that the country hasn't consider it as such already. Maybe I'm gonna take this to the street. I think I can take water spray and tear gas or being beaten by the cops. LOL.

9:30 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Blackrose: Anytime is as good a time as any for curry.

9:31 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Dee3: One shouldn't resist something like curry. One can resist money or diamond but one should think twice about curry. LOL

9:32 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Podgykat: You can create magic with anything. Your curry puff with mango salsa is just wicked, ma'am. Gosh you are so creative!

9:33 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Yasmin: Glad to know that you like curry too. I reckon those who like curry make good movies, like you. I like your charming movies, ma'am. And I've watched all of them. Keep 'em coming, ma'am.

9:34 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Norlyda: That's why I'm consuming as much as I can in a day, to improve my memory. Who needs gingko. LOL

9:35 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Zawi: Sir, thank you for the visit. I'm honored that you gonna put me on your favorite. Thank you.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Tigress said...

Sir, curry should not just be consumed like other food. The act of consuming is a major factor. U gotta eat it with hot, slightly soft rice, form little rice balls, drown it in the curry, squeeze using all 5 fingers, then chuck it in the mouth... At least that's how I see it being done at places where they don't use plates. LOL! One more thing, is it deliberate, coincidental or someone's idea of a prank, but I've received (last count) 33 mail from you, sir : re postings. Help?

10:45 AM  
Blogger Akmal said...

Saw you on Pak Zawi. My curiosity tells me I should give it a click and here I am.
Nice posting there about curry(",).
Good day.

12:23 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Tigress: Yup, that's the way to eat curry. Oh oh, I believe someone is up to no good, ma'am. No, I don't send that many email to a person.

5:26 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Akmal: Thank you for visiting, sir. It's good to have you here. You're the youngest visitor so far, I think. LOL.

5:27 PM  
Blogger tokasid said...

Salam Bergen:

How I miss the curry. There was non to be found in the land of Tut Akhan Men. (And they didn't arrange for lamb mendi too...but there were lots of food with funny names).

And about this curry thing ,I remember a Penang song( was it a boria song? I can't remember) that goes somethimg like this:

Kari Kari
Nasi Kandaq Papedom
Sekali sekala kena teh lambong....

I'm in a hurry to have my curry for I do not want to worry about Samy with his lorry.

11:53 AM  
Blogger tokasid said...

Salam Bergen:

How I miss the curry. There was non to be found in the land of Tut Akhan Men. (And they didn't arrange for lamb mendi too...but there were lots of food with funny names).

And about this curry thing ,I remember a Penang song( was it a boria song? I can't remember) that goes somethimg like this:

Kari Kari
Nasi Kandaq Papedom
Sekali sekala kena teh lambong....

I'm in a hurry to have my curry for I do not want to worry about Samy with his lorry.

11:54 AM  

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