Heated up over hotpot: Why foodies from Chengdu to Bugis upset with food critic Chua Lam's comments

Foodies have leapt to defend the hotpot after food critic Chua Lam said it is lacking in culture and should disappear

When Hong Kong food critic Chua Lam said hotpot is lacking in culture and should disappear, fans from Chengdu to Bugis rallied to its support.

On a talk show on China's Hunan TV recently, the Singapore-born Chua was asked which dish should disappear. Hotpot, said the 77-year-old. "Because it is the cooking method that is the least cultured. You just throw whatever has been cut into it, what is so tasty about it?"


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 13, 2019, with the headline 'Heated up over hotpot'. Print Edition | Subscribe