Rendang facts

Rendang can be made using chicken, duck, mutton, seafood, vegetable, egg and glutinous rice.
Rendang can be made using chicken, duck, mutton, seafood, vegetable, egg and glutinous rice.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER FILE

By now, even those unfamiliar with South-east Asian cuisine would have heard of chicken rendang. Two judges on MasterChef UK sparked an online row for criticising the dish cooked by Malaysia-born contestant Zaleha Kadir Olpin because it was not crispy.

Chicken rendang is commonly found in countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It comes in many versions and families typically have their own recipes. But in none of them does the chicken turn out crispy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 08, 2018, with the headline 'Rendang facts'. Print Edition | Subscribe