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MasterChef UK Judges’ Rude Remarks On Rendang Has United Nations From Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, And Brunei

I’m pretty sure ‘crispy chicken rendang’ is all you see in your Facebook and Twitter news feed these days. That is because of comments by judges during a MasterChef UK episode, which got Malaysians, Indonesians, Singaporeans, and Bruneians all riled up.

During her interview, 48-year-old, Kuantan-born, Zaleha Kadir Olpin specifically said that she will be preparing a meal she grew up with, nasi lemak served with chicken rendang!

But instead of appreciating and researching on Southeast Asian cooking, judges Gregg Wallace said that the skin of the chicken isn’t crispy and he couldn’t eat it, while John Torode commented that adding the chicken rendang is a mistake and that the chicken meat did not fall off the bone.

Source: The Sun

You clearly have never tried Malaysian chicken rendang before, how dare you say that it’s a mistake? This is how we Malaysians like our nasi lemak, sometimes we even eat it with ayam masak merah (Malay-style red chicken curry)!

Only God knows when chicken rendang is introduced in Malaysia, but it’s safe to say that in 60 years of Malaysia’s independence, never did we ever heard of crispy chicken rendang, and if the meat did fall off the bone, it means that the chicken is overcooked!

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All hell broke loose not long after Malaysians and others in the ASEAN region caught wind of this. Many of them took to social media, slamming the judges for their poor understanding of chicken rendang.

As if that wasn’t enough, John Torode had the audacity to question the dish’s origins on Twitter, making matters worse!

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Naturally, a number of netizens were quite to fire back!

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The drama has even reached the British High Commissioner of Malaysia, Vicki Treadell, who decided to weigh in on the issue herself as she has Malaysian roots, having been born in Ipoh, Perak.

She took to Twitter tagging the MasterChef UK judges, saying that chicken rendang is never crispy and should not be confused with Indonesian styles.

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Even our Prime Minister stepped in to defend our chicken rendang, sharing a photo of some delicious-looking rendang on Twitter.

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Some people even went as far as to edited both John Torode and Gregg Wallace’s Wikipedia profiles to let us have a laugh! Check it out below!

What are your thoughts on this chicken rendang drama? We would love to hear from you!

(Source: The Star / Facebook)

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