Is it Lo Mai Fan or No Mai Fan?
You might have seen our nifty vocabulary card introducing the name of this dish as... no mai faan?! That doesn't seem right, because all the dim sum cards say "Lo Mai Fan", don't they?
What's going on? Language change! The N being pronounced as an L is what's called Cantonese lazy pronunciation, or lazy sound, 懶音, and it happens to several words. For example, the dictionary will instruct you to pronounce 你 "you" as nei5, but you're much more likely to hear or say lei5. To strict language prescriptivists, it's considered a social language change that "young people these days" do... "these days" being the past 100+ years.
Whichever way you pronounce it, it's the perfect way to warm up on a chilly winter day, or autumn evening, or spring brunch, or in the middle of a summer night peering into the fridge looking for the best leftovers. These ingredients are super shelf-stable, just make it whenever you want!!
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