UK chef’s recipe raises a stink


THE use of honey and lime in a British celebrity chef’s recipe for Hainanese chicken rice has scandalised many Asian netizens.

“This is not Hainanese chicken rice. Ex-actress with no palate to speak of, please stay well away from the food of my people and stick to your gloopy mush,” said a Facebook posting by Jules K. Yim, a Singa­po­rean living in Britain.

Nanyang Siang Pau reported that Yim was reading a magazine and chanced upon the recipe by cele­brity chef and actress Lisa Faulkner for what was termed “the classic Singa­porean dish”.

Another netizen asked why there no mention of sesame oil, ginger and garlic.

Faulker appeared in the soap opera EastEnders in 2017. She won the Celebrity Masterchef competition in 2010.

> A British fan spent £75,000 (RM410,320) on plastic surgery for over five years to look like his idol Jimin, the lead vocalist of popular Kpop group BTS.

Sin Chew Daily reported that the fan from London, known as Oli London, reconstructed his nose and jawline and added lip fillers.

“I am not exactly changing my race, I just want to look as perfect as Jimin,” he said.

> China Press highlighted a viral report on a needle that was found in a banana in Penang.

The report, narrated by a woman speaking in Hokkien, warned people to be careful when eating bananas.

She claimed that her friend’s mother and worker went to buy some bananas at a shop, but the worker’s tongue was pierced by a needle embedded in the fruit.

“Luckily, it was not too serious and the doctor managed to extract the needle,” the narrator said.

But some traders said the report was a hoax to affect the brisk sales of bananas during the ongoing Nine Emperor Gods Festival.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.