In a Foodcourt

July 8, 2007 8:35 PM

Foodcourt at Garden City, Perth, Australia

I like going to the foodcourt of a big shopping mall. It’s not because of the food because most of the time, I can get the same things better elsewhere. However, there are not many places where you get masses of people sitting down to eat a big variety of foods – people from all walks of life, of different ages, and race and of different social statuses, blue-collar vs. white-collar.

Therefore it is also the best place to people watch. It is on one of these lunch time sessions that it struck me that a foodcourt is one place where multiculturalism has worked out really well without the problems seen elsewhere in the society at large.

And a requisite of any Australian foodcourt is a kebab stall – not to mention that it is also a staple fixture around city nightspots. In fact it’s so popular that even the most ignorant do not mind or care that it is a food of Muslim origin and that the people serving it are usually of “Middle-Eastern appearance” – a much used euphemism in Australian media.

So we may not like each other all the time, but we sure love eating each other’s foods. It’s as good a starting point as any. Food for thought indeed. 🙂

Foodcourt at Myer Centre, Brisbane

(via monkeyc @ flickr)

9 thoughts on “In a Foodcourt

  1. Indra

    1st pic: Garden city?

    2nd pic: Where?

    I miss kebabs 🙁

    When I was in Perth, I like to eat and sit at food courts for the chance of seeing hot chicks having their lunch 🙂

  2. mooiness Post author

    Indra: if you follow the flickr link, you’d know that it’s in Brisbane. And yeah kebabs are great, and so are the hot chicks. Heh.

    kachuaz: yes!

    v.u.: I prefer Plaka’s myself but seems like both places are now run by the same people.


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