The Tofu Debate

Aarrggh. I slept ALL AFTERNOON!!!! It was a cool and lovely rainy day today. After lunch, I just couldn’t resist lying down on my bed and just…well…resting a bit. Before I know it, it’s 7p.m.!!! I’m so dead…*sob*

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Zibin was able to have lunch with me today. We had a very, very animated debate on the way to lunch. Huijun, you want to know what can make me 吐血? I almost did over Cpt. Hoo’s marvelous ‘de-baiting’ skills today.

(We had decided we were going to Boon Tong Kee for chicken rice and were driving there)
Me: I suppose you want the fried tofu right?
ZB: Yep.
Me: Ok, so we’ll have chicken, fried tofu, and a vege dish.
ZB: You have to eat a lot later ok.
Me: Why? Only 3 things what, and we’ll get all the smallest size.
ZB: Yah, but it’ll still be a lot.
Me: At most don’t order the tofu lor. Just have chicken and vege.
ZB: How can we go BTK and not order the fried tofu?!
Me: Ok, ok… then how? I want the vege, cannot do without the vege.
***Here it comes***
ZB: Tofu is vege what.
Me: ?! It is not!
ZB: Is it meat?
Me: No.
ZB: Then, it’s vege lor.
Me: Huh? It is not vege ok!
ZB: Tofu is a plant.
Me: No…
ZB: What is tofu made of?
Me: Soy…
ZB: Plant right?
Me: Soy is but tofu is not a plant!
ZB: Ok, let’s back-track. Is tofu a living thing?
Me: No.
ZB: Of course it’s a living thing!
***At this point I was almost delirious with incredulity and laughter, and resigned that ZB’s in one of his corny moods which means I couldn’t possibly win. Still, I couldn’t resist protesting.***
Me: How on earth is tofu a living thing?
ZB: Because it’s a plant!
Me: *exasperated* It is not a plant!
ZB: Ask anybody who has taken Pri 3 science… tofu is a plant!
Me: No it’s… arggh! Nvm… anyhow tofu is NOT VEGE!
ZB: Ahh.. you’re conceding right? You’re admitting it’s a plant… now you’re switching to saying it’s not vege.
Me: TOFU IS NOT A PLANT!!!!!!!!! Wah, 我快要吐血了。
ZB: *innocently* Huh? Aiyoh why want to vomit blood? Just admit I’m right lah…
***Brief pause while he drives into the parking lot. I was very quiet for a while…***
ZB: Wah, so quiet? Stunned liao issit? Too overwhelmed by your husband’s amazing logic and debating ability?
Me: *sputtering in disbelief*
ZB: Aiyah it’s ok lah…come darling, hungry liao. Let’s go eat.

In the end, we ordered all three items and finished them. Sometimes I’m amazed by Zibin…he kept a totally straight face throughout the entire conversation while I was blustering and laughing in exasperation. I’ve always enjoyed watching Zibin engage with John and seeing John’s bemused exasperation at his kor’s crazy logic…it’s quite a different feeling altogether to be at the receiving end!

5 Comments

  1. Aiyah, if you had classified the food as carboh, protein and fibre (like the way we do), the debate would have ended very differently.

    Either that or add a qualifier: *green* vegetables.

    :D

  2. LOL.

    ZB, well done! GO ZB! Would have loved to see this. She keeps 断章取义 on me. *very big grin*

    Ann, that’s a terrible game play. You were stuck at simply reacting to what ever corn ZB was dishing at you. There was no counterattack attempt at all. *shakes head*

    I agree with HM. Next time don’t say you want to eat vege lah. You left yourself wide open and vulnerable when you said that. Corn aside, ZB is right; tofu *is* vege.

    Next time say that you want a fibre dish. Tofu belongs to the proten category. :)

  3. Sigh. What is the world coming to? No sympathy for me one!*sniff*

    I admit though, that I didn’t make any attempt to change the grounds of the ‘debate’ cos I was enjoying it too much. In fact, I would have liked to say that it depends on the context. For purposes of grocery shopping at the market, or buying tofu at the food-court/coffee shop rice store, it is categorized as ‘vege’ in terms of price. But if we’re talking nutrition value and carbo/protein/fibre etc, then tofu is not counted as a vegetable.

    But aiyah, Zibin was on such a roll (and when he is, there’s usually no way anyone else can win cos he’ll just twist the logic to suit him) that I couldn’t bear to turn all philosophical on him mah… *see I’m so nice*

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