DBP: It’s ‘kuetiau’

Written by: Bernie Yeo | 02 Mar 2021 16:00
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02 Mar 2021 16:00

Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka (DBP), the country’s authority on Bahasa Melayu, has finally resolved the proper spelling of the popular flat rice noodles in Malaysia, which is based on a Chinese dialect.

Despite its variety of spellings (kuay tiaw, koay teow and kueh tiaw, among others), DBP announced the Bahasa Melayu spelling of the noodles via an image in a Facebook post.

Kuching Coffeeshop and Restaurant Owners Association committee member Kapitan Tan Yit Sheng told The Borneo Post that such standardisation of the spellings of the dish’s name was very much welcomed.

“I was not aware that the government body has posted a clarification on the kuetiau spellings but I believe it’s a good move, as currently there are many versions of the spellings of the dish name in the market,” said Tan, who operates a coffeeshop at Gala City on Jalan Tun Jugah, Kuching.

Therefore, he said that the government body should create greater awareness of the correct spelling and expressed his hopes that the standardisation of spellings could be expanded to dishes such as kolo mee, laksa and tauhu soup.

On whether he would request his tenants to use the correct spellings, Tan said that he would not force his tenants to do so as they may have to incur additional expenses with the change on their signboards to reflect the correct spellings.

“However, if I do open another coffeeshop elsewhere, I will encourage my tenants to use the right spellings since the DBP has posted the accurate spellings.”

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