BBC Claims The Seremban-Made Yee Sang Was Created By 4 Singaporean Chefs
The article called it "Singapore's salad".
For years, the origin of Yee Sang has been a topic of hot debate between Singapore and Malaysia, as both countries laid claims to the dish
Citing "A Toss of Yee Sang" book, Cilisos revealed that the Chinese dish was introduced by a Chinese immigrant who settled down in Seremban in the 1920s.
The man, known as Loke Ching Fatt, eventually started a catering business and introduced his own version of 'Lo Hei Yee Sang', which has become a vital part of Malaysians' Chinese New Year since the 1950s.
However, BBC claimed in a recent article that the Yee Sang we know and love today was instead created by four Singaporean chefs
According to the article, "[The] dish was brought to Singapore by Chinese immigrants in the 1930s".
Four Singaporean chefs then created their own recipe of the "salad" in 1964, which has now become the "focal point of every Singaporean Chinese New Year celebration".
The chefs were held in such high-esteem that they were then dubbed as the "Four Heavenly Kings".
Naturally, Malaysians were not too pleased by the claims
One netizen said that perhaps the news portal gave credit to our neighbour because Singapore was still a part of Malaysia at that time