Rendang saga stirs up crisp responses

(From far left) The SCDF, KFC Malaysia, Ikea Singapore, Malaysia Airlines and Malaysia's TGV Cinemas responded with tongue-in-cheek posts following the furore over a MasterChef UK judge's comment that a contestant's rendang dish was "not crispy enoug
The SCDF (above), KFC Malaysia, Ikea Singapore, Malaysia Airlines and Malaysia's TGV Cinemas responded with tongue-in-cheek posts following the furore over a MasterChef UK judge's comment that a contestant's rendang dish was "not crispy enough".PHOTOS: SCDF/FACEBOOK, KFC MALAYSIA/ FACEBOOK, IKEA SINGAPORE/FACEBOOK, MALAYSIA AIRLINES/FACEBOOK, TGV CINEMAS/FACEBOOK
(From far left) The SCDF, KFC Malaysia, Ikea Singapore, Malaysia Airlines and Malaysia's TGV Cinemas responded with tongue-in-cheek posts following the furore over a MasterChef UK judge's comment that a contestant's rendang dish was "not crispy enoug
The SCDF, KFC Malaysia (above), Ikea Singapore, Malaysia Airlines and Malaysia's TGV Cinemas responded with tongue-in-cheek posts following the furore over a MasterChef UK judge's comment that a contestant's rendang dish was "not crispy enough".PHOTOS: SCDF/FACEBOOK, KFC MALAYSIA/ FACEBOOK, IKEA SINGAPORE/FACEBOOK, MALAYSIA AIRLINES/FACEBOOK, TGV CINEMAS/FACEBOOK
(From far left) The SCDF, KFC Malaysia, Ikea Singapore, Malaysia Airlines and Malaysia's TGV Cinemas responded with tongue-in-cheek posts following the furore over a MasterChef UK judge's comment that a contestant's rendang dish was "not crispy enoug
The SCDF, KFC Malaysia, Ikea Singapore (above), Malaysia Airlines and Malaysia's TGV Cinemas responded with tongue-in-cheek posts following the furore over a MasterChef UK judge's comment that a contestant's rendang dish was "not crispy enough".PHOTOS: SCDF/FACEBOOK, KFC MALAYSIA/ FACEBOOK, IKEA SINGAPORE/FACEBOOK, MALAYSIA AIRLINES/FACEBOOK, TGV CINEMAS/FACEBOOK
(From far left) The SCDF, KFC Malaysia, Ikea Singapore, Malaysia Airlines and Malaysia's TGV Cinemas responded with tongue-in-cheek posts following the furore over a MasterChef UK judge's comment that a contestant's rendang dish was "not crispy enoug
The SCDF, KFC Malaysia, Ikea Singapore, Malaysia Airlines (above) and Malaysia's TGV Cinemas responded with tongue-in-cheek posts following the furore over a MasterChef UK judge's comment that a contestant's rendang dish was "not crispy enough".PHOTOS: SCDF/FACEBOOK, KFC MALAYSIA/ FACEBOOK, IKEA SINGAPORE/FACEBOOK, MALAYSIA AIRLINES/FACEBOOK, TGV CINEMAS/FACEBOOK
(From far left) The SCDF, KFC Malaysia, Ikea Singapore, Malaysia Airlines and Malaysia's TGV Cinemas responded with tongue-in-cheek posts following the furore over a MasterChef UK judge's comment that a contestant's rendang dish was "not crispy enoug
The SCDF, KFC Malaysia, Ikea Singapore, Malaysia Airlines and Malaysia's TGV Cinemas (above) responded with tongue-in-cheek posts following the furore over a MasterChef UK judge's comment that a contestant's rendang dish was "not crispy enough".PHOTOS: SCDF/FACEBOOK, KFC MALAYSIA/ FACEBOOK, IKEA SINGAPORE/FACEBOOK, MALAYSIA AIRLINES/FACEBOOK, TGV CINEMAS/FACEBOOK

S-E Asian brands, social media pages play on MasterChef UK judge's remark

The recent furore over comments made by a MasterChef UK judge that a contestant's rendang dish was "not crispy enough" has inspired several South-east Asian brands and social media pages to respond with tongue-in-cheek posts.

Malaysian-born chef Zaleha Kadir Olpin was booted out of the BBC cooking competition on Monday after the judges disapproved of her take on the curry dish.

Many of the social media pages used the hashtags #CrispyRendang, #Rendangate and #RendangIsNotCrispy, in a show of solidarity with netizens caught up in the online fury. Here are some of the interesting posts we've seen.

SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) saw the uproar as an opportune time to remind Singaporeans not to leave their cooking unattended.

On Wednesday, it posted an illustration on Facebook showing a boiling pan on a stove in a smoke-filled kitchen, with a cheeky caption that said "le 'crispy' rendang". The post said: "Last year, SCDF attended to 402 fires caused by unattended cooking. Don't leave your cooking unattended. #CrispyRendang."

KFC MALAYSIA

Fast-food chain KFC was among the first to chime in with posts on Facebook and Instagram of a bucket of its fried chicken, set against a backdrop of flames highlighting just two words: "Not Rendang."

"The only thing that should be crispy is our fried chicken," the posts said. KFC also gave a shout-out to Ms Zaleha for her now-controversial dish.

IKEA SINGAPORE

Swedish furniture chain Ikea on Thursday hopped on the bandwagon by posting a photograph of its Tolerant wok with the caption: "Tolerates everything. Except 'crispy' rendang."

Consumers were told the wok, priced at $12.90, is "for cooking your meals to perfection, crispy or not".

Netizens spun more puns from Ikea's post, with one saying in the comments that "whoever did this ad, I think you guys are over kualified for the job", in a reference to the Malay word for wok, or kuali.

MALAYSIA AIRLINES

Malaysia's national carrier joined in the crispy conversation on Wednesday by featuring the nasi lemak from its in-flight menu.

In its post, Malaysia Airlines said the dish is served with "real chicken rendang, sambal, boiled egg, ikan bilis and peanuts". "Guaranteed non-crispy," it added for effect.

TGV CINEMAS

If rendang is not meant to be crispy, then Malaysian cinema chain TGV Cinemas knows what should be.

On Wednesday, it posted a photo on Facebook of its popcorn chicken snack, with a side of chilli sauce and a bottle of soda. "Certain things aren't meant to be crispy," it said. "Luckily our popcorn chicken is."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 07, 2018, with the headline 'Rendang saga stirs up crisp responses'. Print Edition | Subscribe