Singaporeans outraged at UK chef for 'butchering' beloved Hainanese chicken rice recipe

Singaporeans outraged at UK chef for 'butchering' beloved Hainanese chicken rice recipe
PHOTO: Facebook/Jules K Yim

We Singaporeans may have our differences but if there is one thing that brings us together and that we are fiercely passionate about, it is our food.

Remember Rendangate? Netizens were riled up when MasterChef UK judge Gregg Wallace told a Malaysian contestant that her chicken rendang was 'not crispy enough'.

Asian netizens slammed Wallace for not being knowledgeable about Asian cuisine.

 

Well, now another British chef has got Asians fuming.

On Oct 3, British newspaper The Guardian published a "Waitrose & Partners' Beautifully Simple" recipe for Hainanese chicken rice.

When most of us imagine chicken rice, we think of this:

シンガポール🇸🇬でどうしても食べたかったチキンライス。日本でもチキンライス専門店に行くほどチキンライスが好きなんだけど、本場はさすがのおいしさだった❣️お肉がとにかく柔らかい☺️ただ、骨があって食べづらいので注意。チリソースがピリ辛で最高。#マックスウェルフードセンター にある #天天海南鶏飯 はとにかく行列がすごい!たくさんお店がある中でここだけ異様に賑わってる!値段はたしか400円くらい。普通はパクチーのってないけど、食べたいって言ったらサービスしてくれた❤️ #Singapore #chickenr

However, the Waitrose & Partners version looks nothing like what many consider to be our national dish.

The recipe was featured in a podcast, and cooked by Lisa Faulkner, an actor and "celebrity chef" who won Masterchef Celebrity in 2010

Facebook user Jules K. Yim, a Singaporean living in London, posted a photo of the recipeon Oct 7 with the caption: "This is not Hainanese chicken rice. Ex-actress with no palate to speak of please stay well away from the food of my people and stick to your gloopy mush."

on Facebook

‪This is not Hainanese chicken rice. Ex-actress with no palate to speak of please stay well away from the food of my people and stick to your gloopy mush 🤬‬

Posted by Jules K. Yim on Sunday, 7 October 2018

Here are the ingredients listed in the recipe:

  • Salad onions (spring onions)

  • Red chilli

  • Lime

  • Honey

  • Chicken breast fillets

  • Jasmine rice

  • Hainanese paste

Commenters were alarmed at the use of lime and honey in the recipe. They go into a sauce that is drizzled on top of the chicken and rice.

Another remarked on the absence of signature chicken rice ingredients such as sesame oil, garlic and ginger.

However, another netizen suggested that they could be in the "Hainanese paste".

Jules pretty much summed up how most Singaporeans feel about Faulkner butchering our beloved national dish.

Would you try this recipe?

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