We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: never ever mess with Malaysians especially when it comes to food.
Recently, a British journalist came under fire after describing nasi lemak as “a wickedly bad meal
And now, established news portal, CNN
, has triggered the food monsters in all of us after attempting to whitesplain curry dishes from around the world which included our traditional dish, rendang.
listed 12 types of curries from all over the globe in an article titled “From Pakistan to the Caribbean: Curry's journey around the world” based on Colleen Sen's book - 'Curry: A Global History'.
We’re not sure about the rest of the countries, but one thing’s for sure – beef rendang isn’t a curry dish from Malaysia and Indonesia. It’s just rendang on its own.
CNN started off by stating the diverse types of curry dishes available in Malaysia; from fish head curry to Nyonya curry but ended the whole thing on a sour note.
“Another popular dish that's enjoyed across Malaysia and Indonesia, particularly during holidays and festivals, is rendang.”
“Well known around the world, this relatively dry curry dish is made with beef or chicken braised in a sauce of coconut milk, lemongrass, ginger, and cinnamon for an ultra-tender texture.”
Naturally, a hoard of angry Malaysians bombarded CNN’s Twitter account and tried to school them.
Perhaps the Ministry of Tourism and Culture should come up with an official 101 Malaysian food guide to prevent such things from happening again in the future.