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Feb 20, 2011

ക WhyAskWhy¿ (8) ~ 你是我的菜


Guess what these 5 Chinese characters would spur your mind? 你是我的菜 nǐ shì wǒ de cài, literally it means *You are my vegie* huh!  How will Pete or Suituapui gonna cook this kind of vegetable, you prefer steam or fried? [BTW congratz to Pete, his blog got featured in today's Star ~ Sunday Metro entitled "Discovering Lumut"]. Saw the wordings and pix of vegie on a T shirt worn by the kopi girl (a coffee shop waitress) at my favourite kopi tiam and I cheekily asked "Darling are you my vegie?" She replied with an outright answer without hesitation ~ 'NO'. Aiya there goes my achy breaky heart. Lesson #1 never to ask this sort of question in front of your girl friend, a huge mistake lolz or old enough to be her dad. *sobs*.

Wokay wokay getting serious a bit. We have known this kopi girl for quite sometime for we are regulars to this kopi tiam and her name is Ling and not Darling. What struck me as a Bananaz, I could not figure out the last word which I was told it's 菜 cài *vegie* a slang for 'babe' or 'chick'. Why vegie and not something else or maybe 'tomato' sounds cool too right *chuckled*? At least the slang for chicken is prostitute cos of the homophone in Why*Ask*Why [7]. No wonder I often hear lovely vegies this, cute vegies that, especially in Cantonese movies.  But I do come across this saying as well, when a man *usually sugar daddy* gets swindled by a woman, he is said to be 砍菜頭 kǎn cài tóu [chopped vegie head]. Oh gee! Could there be a relation between the vegie for ladies and the vegie head for men or its totally two different vegie slangs?  Any *sifu* kind enough to give some input on the difference please.

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suituapui said...

Oooo...Pete's famous now, is he?

P.S. Nice to meet you in person. It was a hit-and-run kind of meeting but something's better than nothing. Hope to see you again some time. Thanks for the coffee.

wenn said...

i learned something new today.

Bananazஇ said...

suituapui இ Pete gonna be a celeb...haha. Hit-and-run lolz. Sama sama, great meeting you & Annie Q my first ever close encounter with bloggers haha.

wenn இ Next time hubby says need to go market to buy vegies make sure he gets the right type haha..

Isaac Tan said...

Wah very deep post, sorry can't help much, I dont know mandarin :(

lina said...

Nothing from me.

Just to say, I learn slangs from you today. :)

CH Voon said...

last time, i dont know what is sayur mean? after one of my india fellow, he told me that is girl.

hence, i ask him - how to describe a boy - call daging?

CH Voon said...

i never use this words to call any girl included my wife.

it sounds not really good. hehehe

Pete said...

Wah, luckilly hit and run makan not one night stand! ha ha ha.
STP, goodlah you meet up with BRO Bananaz, he is a nice guy!
Thanks Bananaz!

Lily Riani said...

i didnt even know... am gonna as my colleague. waste 15 yrs of going to chinese school and yet dont know abt this. what did my teachers taught me those days....sigh.... AHHAHAH..

Bananazஇ said...

Isaac Tan இ Slang applies to all languages and dialects. Vegies as in hottie, babe etc..haha tQ.

lina இ In Malay language there are also slang for 'vegies or chick' which it sounded something like 'mak ver'. Hope I got it right and not to be slapped as my Malay colleagues used to say cari 'mak ver'. Betul kah? haha.

Bananazஇ said...

CH Voon இ Huh daging for boy aiyoyo rumber nandri..wanakum. Its just a slang maybe not nice to apply to wifey. You are thinking this is used more in secret societies or black mafia haha.

Pete இ Haha one night stand who's whose vegie then lolz. Once curry mee coming up for the commercial haha.

Lily Riani இ You can never learn this in school lah...hehe its Bananaz's hearsay lesson haha. Like I mentioned to lina, izzit 'sayur' also called 'mak ver' in slang?

Tekkaus said...

I only know one thing bro...I hate vege! :D

[SK] said...

hmmm, i also have no idea why the word 菜 is used to refer to your date.. actually beside 菜, the cantonese also use 舊鞋 (old shoe) to refer to ex-date.. but both actually are use to refer to females only.. i personally think it's actually quite rude to use them..

Tekkaus said...

Then again yeah...we always watch Cantonese movies where they refer to girls as vege right? :p

[SK] said...

hahahaha, next time when you are trying to flirt, maybe don't use the word 菜, it's really not polite and perhaps taht's why you got an instant rejection?? kekeke.. :D

Bananazஇ said...

Tekkaus இ Bro why dont likey vegie? Good vitamins for the body though. Yeah vegies are often spoken in Canto movies.

[SK] இ Dont rub it in OK still achy breaky heart haha..she is just a little kopi girl and in actual fact she is the one wearing that T with the vegie leh. Huh old shoe refers to ex-date that's interesting. Anyway slang is accepted to a certain level but not vulgar words. Wow learning something new from you today ~ the hearsay way..tQ.

Yvonne said...

I heard of this term from my then-bf's 猪朋狗友 (pig dog friends). Another term, "7-lou" (chat in cantonese) is also for ladies, like "Where is your chat-lou(girlfriend)?"

eugene said...

Wa,,,now everyone has met with everyone already,,,,,, one day bro one day , we shall meet up....总有一天会相见。。。。。。。right or not?

MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE said...

你是我的菜 nǐ shì wǒ de cài - THIS WORDS normally uttered when you feel the person is your kind of "veggie" to makan LOL

Bananazஇ said...

Yvonne இ Yeah have heard and in fact used the same slang before "7-lou". Those days I did ask my friend why '7-lou' but nobody knows the answer and added so for men its 8-lou? haha.

eugene இ Wait let me copy and paste the Chinese words into the MDBG dictionary for translation first...ah ~ zǒngyǒu yītiān huì xiāngjiàn. Yeah one day we will.

MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE இ When you liked her you wanna eat her as vegies izzit?haha. Another slang for a simple or easy job we also say "as easy as in eating *sung choy*" It is also one common slang, equivalent to *a piece of cake*.

mNhL said...

Congrats Pete!

I've learnt something new from your post today. I'm not good in cantonese therefore, never realised they refer 'girlfriend' as 'chai'.

HappySurfer said...

So, we are going vegetarian here. LOL! Here's one more for you. Mui-choy! It's a choy that is no longer good-looking or past her prime. Actually, these slangs are rather crude and not used in normal circumstances. A lady would be offended if she were to be referred to as a choy.

khengsiong said...

"I was told it's 菜 cài *vegie* a slang for 'babe' or 'chick'."

In Hong Kong it is the other way around - people refer to a girl's boyfriend as 你條菜 (nei tiu choi).

Alice Law said...

Congratulation to Pete for featuring on the paper!

LOL, don't know why I found it's rather impolite to claim girls as the boys' Vegie! You see... we can;t actually keep a vegie for too long, it'll got rotten!=_=""

Casendra said...

Err... memang no idea...

Life Ramblings said...

my brain is totally haywire so i can't tell the difference in vege slangs.

what i can tell is your banner is so befitting for you. enjoy your Bananaz.

Netster said...

你是我的菜!

I love veggie! sexy one!

hahahahaha

Bananazஇ said...

mNhL இ The word is a slang and not normally used and certainly cant learn in school..haha.

HappySurfer இ Oh Mui-choy is for oldies something new to me. Yes normally not applicable direct. tQ.

khengsiong இ 你條菜 (nei tiu choi) wow lagi crude haha so in HKG is applies to men. That's interesting. tQ.

Bananazஇ said...

Casendra இ Memang you dont get to hear this among your girl friends or in school this are slang, men talk haha.

Life Ramblings இ Haha haywire! For all you know vegie are for makan..whoa yeah fruitful bananas to go bananas all year round tQ.

Netster இ Sure you wanna a sexy vegie not a salted vegie? haha. In Hakka used to hear 貨士 'huò shì' to represent girl friend. Oh girls are treated as 'goods'. In Hokkien they refer to 'liao' for girls. What a slang hahaha.

Casendra said...

Hehehe... I heard bout that lah, man talk so loud :P My office people now refers vege as '7 Lou' (i think from one of the drama or what also I donno =='')

foongpc said...

Sorry no idea! But I don't think it's right to use these terms except in TV shows or movies : D

Meichun Jones (Jeannie) said...

I guess Taiwanese don't use those terms. Interesting though...lol

Autumn Belle said...

This word, cai or choy, is often heard in Hong Kong cantonese slang. I think a 'cai' is also used to mean a dish. Perhaps the cai in this context would mean something that a man takes, chooses, use and/or eats. Ladies will not like to be refer to as 'cai'. I think it is quite rude because we usually see those thugs using it in the movies.

So, better call the kopi-girl, 'leng lui' or 'leng cher' instead. ;-), lol.

jam said...

They are just 2 different slangs. Hey, your mandarin is improving all the time, mate!

Bengbeng said...

i dont mind being a sugar daddy n having lots of chai at my disposal but alas .. sigh sigh no money hahahaha

Bananazஇ said...

Casendra இ Haha beginning to learn man's lingo of 7 lou for gals

foongpc இ Yup its men talk not for the ears of ladies.

Meichun Jones (Jeannie) இ Most likely you dont get to hear this more of a men talk haha.

Bananazஇ said...

Autumn Belle இ You are right too 'cai' could be dish as well. Yes yes yes cant used on ladies its more for the men's code. Oh that kopi girl was wearing the T shirt herself else would not dare to say to her..haha

jam இ learning bit by bit day by day with your help tQ.

Bengbeng இ Sugar daddy dont need much money sugar will do haha.

Luciana said...

hi hi...nice to meet u :)

bananaz...here i come..
have a great weekend !!!

Ai Shiang said...

That is a funny correlation between veggie and ladies. I have not heard it before. How strange!

Mariuca said...

Hola Bananaz! I am happy to present the Stylish Blogger Award to you and your blog, congrats and hugs!

Ever Green Tree said...

My vocab is getting better.... learnt a new word or two in mandarin other than Ni hao ma :)

Bananazஇ said...

Luciana இ Hi tQ for dropping by have a great day.

Ai Shiang இ Guess this are all men talk learned them for the movies haha.

Mariuca இ tQ for the award, may take some time having some technical with eyesight and doctor says to go slow facing the rectangular box..haha.

Ever Green Tree இ Wǒ hěn hǎo xie xie. Oh yeah great these are mainly slang and not 'recognised' in dictionary and mostly in men's talk lolz. Namaste.

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Congrates to Pete! New words learnt today.Mandarin is slow for me, have to practise.

Bananazஇ said...

Keats The Sunshine Girl இ Have to slow slow come..haha.

Caroline Ng May Ling said...

wohoo! congrats to Pete! see! there's many slang that can lead to misunderstand sometime eh.:p

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HappySurfer said...

Psst... I rode by here several occasions (bearing goreng pisang) but seeing no one home, I rode on..

Trust life is as crazy yet enchanting as can be.. :)

M Kawan L said...

Where got new post Mr. Pisang?

Greeting from Taipei ;)

Bananazஇ said...

Caroline இ tQ dont use the slang more for men haha

HappySurfer இ Sorry hujan kuat no goreng pisang for sales haha..Got some eyes problem need to stay away from lappie for some time. New post coming up asap.

M Kawan L இ Wow MKL transformed haha..coming up asap sorry got technical issue with mata mata..haha

HappySurfer said...

Oooh! Hope eyes are getting better. I find that turning down on the brightness helps.

Bananazஇ said...

HappySurfer இ tQ have dimmed the monitor lights to few level down.

Jingle said...

The Versatile Blogger Award 4 You!

Thanks for the support,
Happy Wednesday!

xoxox

Bananazஇ said...

tQ Jingle..perhaps will post about the good bad and ugly of Bananaz in another way..

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