>> Malaysians were up in arms on Wednesday, defending the dignity of what some call, the countries national dish. From what others on Twitter called foreign imperialism.>> We don't want to eat KFC where the skin has to be crispy, if you want it crispy, please, eat fried chicken.
>> It's the aftermath of a Master Chef UK episode. Where a Malaysian-born chef was kicked off for her chicken rendang dish, which judges said wasn't crispy enough. Voices across Southeast Asia were quick to point out, if your rendang is crispy, you're doing it wrong. It's left many Malaysians with a bad taste.
>> Saying something that you don't know much about isn't really fair to us, as Malaysians, because we do unite when it comes to food. It is our culture, it is our pride, our identity as a country, and as a people.>> A flood gate also opened on social media with Southeast Asians voicing their outrage on Twitter.
Even the Malaysian Prime Minister weighted into the debate, for once agreeing with his political arch-rival, when he said, who eats crispy chicken, rendang? At one point, one of the master chef UK judges at the center of the controversy, made an attempted apology, tweeting, brilliant how excited you are all getting, Namaste.
Right sentiment, wrong culture, Namaste is an Indian term. Sadly, it just fueled the fire, with one Twitter user saying, namastay away from our rendang. It's a thorny issue. Malaysians see food as a key part of the nation's culture.>> Food is pretty much the history of the Southeast Asia.
Food has traveled around, and it's what that unites us all in Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia. Rendang, a dish that originated in the region, is generally a slow-cooked curry made with spices and coconut milk, a traditional cooking method which leaves chicken anything, but crispy.