Malaysian comedian Nigel Ng uploaded a YouTube “DISGUSTED by this Egg Fried Rice Video” under the alias “Uncle Roger”.
The video has since been elevated in the viewership arena. In the video, Ng hilariously and ruthlessly criticizes BBC Food’s Hersha Patel by attacking her rather unconventional Chinese-style egg-fried rice cuisiniere. It was indeed an awkward, almost ignorant rice cooking video. “What she doing? Oh my god. You’re killing me, woman. Drain the — she’s draining rice with colander! How can you drain rice with colander? This is not pasta!” he exclaimed. “You’re ruining the rice,” as Patel uses tap water to wash away the rice.
The comedy critique has since garnered an astounding 7 million views on YouTube and nearly 40 million on Twitter, something that the comedian really didn’t expect to happen.
Asians, or Asian families in the Western countries, including the writer Jenny Yang, had debased Patel’s methods.
They pointed that her Chinese egg-fried rice is something so distant from the traditional cuisine itself that it might just as well be a totally different dish altogether, in strict terms.Anyone born in an Asian household would have been very upset, obviously for the fact that she hadn’t washed the rice before the heating, or that the rice was cooked using too much water, and that the rice itself was a bit off.
“THIS RICE COOKING IS A HATE CRIME,” Yang commented in a fun-spirited, yet critical tone over on Twitter.
Ng had since organized a joint cooking session with Patel, trying to put off the negative attention mounted on the presenter. “While this guy’s blown up like nobody’s business, I’ve been trolled,” Patel said in the said announcement video, appearing alongside with Ng “I know how to cook rice.”
While the host broadcasting station BBC has yet to say about the brooding social controversy surrounding the whole videos, some have gone on to say that even inside Asia, the varying ways of cooking rice has been respected and that there was absolutely no need for this controversy.
The issue, speculated by some in the social media mainstream, however points to the fact that this case goes to bare out the debate of ethnic food and its cuisine being shared with those outside the cultural frame.The question stands whether or not they are allowed to cook the food.
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