Most Malaysians were fuming after Kuantan-born chef Zaleha Kadir Olpin was eliminated in MasterChef UK's quarter finals because her chicken rendang skin was deemed not 'crispy'
"The skin wasn’t crispy" and "The chicken was tough and not very flavoursome" were the two main criticism from Gregg Wallace and John Torode respectively which led to Zaleha's exit from the cooking competition.
One of the judges, John Torode decided it was a good idea to add fuel to the fire when he replied "Maybe rendang is Indonesian" and "Namaste" to his critics
Unfortunately for John, it backfired. Big time.His colleague, Gregg Wallace, who said, "The chicken skin isn't crispy, it can't be eaten," has chosen to ignore all tweets and criticism directed at him.
With just three tweets from John Torode, he has managed to accomplish something not even politicians could do - unite Indonesians, Malaysians, and Singaporeans
Even his usage of "Namaste" did not sit very well with netizens
Local chef Norman Musa expressed his disappointment towards Torode, whom he once taught how to make rendang on John Torode’s Malaysian Adventure for the UK’s Good Food channel, which aired in 2015
British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Vicki Treadell, also defended the dish and reminded the judges not to mix up rendang and fried chicken
John Torode even had his Wikipedia profile tweaked by trolls
The viral 'Crispy Chicken Rendang' has even attracted the attention of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who posted a photo of rendang to poke fun at the MasterChef UK judges
Opposition leader Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad also jumped on the rendang bandwagon by questioning if Torode had mistaken rendang for KFC's fried chicken
This is where it all began - Kuantan-born chef was elimated from MasterChef UK after her chicken rendang was deemed "not crispy":
And if you're in the mood for some laughs, check out the best memes netizens have created to roast the MasterChef UK judges: