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MasterChef chefs roasted by Malaysians for chicken rendang critique

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Lora Ball | 04 April, 2018, 06:39

The "crispy rendang" controversy is heating up, with the people of four nations uniting to slam a MasterChef UK judge for suggesting that Malaysians should not be upset because rendang is actually from Indonesia.

Gregg Wallace and John Torode sparked a storm this week by criticising Malaysian-born contestant Zaleha Kadir Olpin's dish because the "chicken skin isn't crispy, it can't be eaten".

British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell weighed in on the matter along with Malaysia's celebrity chefs Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, better known as Chef Wan, and Sherson Lian.

"The chicken skin isn't crispy, it can't be eaten", said Gregg Wallace, a TV presenter and one of the show's judges.

In response, Torode told his online followers: "Maybe Rendang is Indonesian!"

However Torode queried the dish's origin yesterday, adding: "Brilliant how excited you are all getting". John Torode was even moved to tweet.

People then accused Torode of creating a rift between the two nations.

Mana ada orang makan rendang ayam "crispy"?

Lily Travelholic @lilyriani said that rendang in every country in "Nusantara" had a different taste.

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The rendang was served with nasi lemak, which bears special significance to Zaleha, who described the dish as a "childhood favourite" and reminded her of when she brought her husband home to meet her mother who cooked them the meal.

"Padan muka (serves you right)". It is not a word used in Indonesian or Malay.

Indonesians and Malaysians have their feathers in a flap over MasterChef UK's decision to eliminate a contestant from the popular cooking show because her chicken rendang wasn't crispy.

"Well, you know what?" Err... what Rendang you've been eating, @GreggAWallace?' But her emotional exit has drawn great sympathy from many viewers who point out that she is far more likely to be an authority on an authentic chicken rendang and nasi lemak than others.

Bahkan KFC ngga mau terseret-seret.

Which sounds just about right.

The judges lavished praise on most of the ingredients but dismissed the non-crispy chicken rendang as a "mistake". "It can't be eaten and all the sauce is on..."

Malaysians all got behind chef Zaleha. "It prompts us to ask whether this is a form of "whitesplaining" on social media", Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said in a Facebook post.

Olpin's journey in the reality show ended after that round, but Malaysians have only started criticizing the judges for their "ignorant" comments.

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