TV contestants exposed their ignorance

In the fourth episode of The Bachelor, contestants sat at a long table and rehashed ugly American stereotypes about Asian dishes.
In the fourth episode of The Bachelor, contestants sat at a long table and rehashed ugly American stereotypes about Asian dishes.PHOTO: YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

Chinese cuisine has been widely praised by the world's finest gourmets. So the reactions of contestants on reality TV show The Bachelor simply exposed their ignorance of what constitutes epicurean delights (US dating show pans Singapore food; Jan 31).

With Malay, Indian and Peranakan influences, Singaporean dining, even for the masses, carries gradations that only a finely tuned palate can discern and appreciate.

Ketchup and chilli sauce on well-done steaks, fish and chips and broiled vegetables heaped together with lumps of buttered corn are all fine and good for the sheltered Westerner, but don't let ignorance expose an utter lack of worldliness.

Yik Keng Yeong (Dr)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2019, with the headline 'TV contestants exposed their ignorance'. Print Edition | Subscribe