Updated: Apr 16, 2018
The recent comments made by a MasterChef UK judge that a contestant's Rendang was "not crispy enough" sparked a social media frenzy across Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asian brands have taken to social media and responded with tongue-in-cheek social media posts. Many of them using hashtags #CrispyRendang, #Rendangate and #RendangIsNotCrispy, to show solidarity with online netizens.
Some of these "Crispy" Rendang campaigns have gone viral, garnering over 27K likes, 20K shares and 1.5K comments. See The Best Social Media Campaigns!
1. IKEA Singapore
The Swedish furniture giant, IKEA, posted a photo of a "Tolerant" wok with the caption, "Tolerates everything. Except 'crispy' rendang."
The wok, priced at $12.90 is "for cooking your meals to perfection, crispy or not."
Absolutely brilliant! And we expect nothing less than a witty IKEA ad.
2. KFC Malaysia
The global fast food chain, KFC, was among the first brands to respond. KFC posted its "NOT RENDANG" ad on Facebook and Instagram depicting a bucket of fried chicken with the caption, "The only thing that should be crispy is our fried chicken".
And.. Even some politicians are getting in on the act. Diplomacy in action!
"Maybe you are confusing rendang chicken with KFC" - Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Former Prime Minister, Malaysia
"#Rendang is an iconic #Malaysian national dish not to be confused with Indonesian options. It can be #chicken #lamb or #beef. It is never #crispy & should also not be confused with the #friedchicken sometimes served with #nasilemak" - Vicki Treadell, British High Commissioner to Malaysia.
3. Malaysia Airlines
Malaysia's national carrier, joined the social media frenzy by sharing their Nasi Lemak from its in-flight menu on Facebook. Adding the following caption:
"If the crispy conversations have got you craving for some nasi lemak, served with REAL chicken rendang, sambal, boiled egg, ikan bilis and peanuts, just come onboard. Guaranteed NON-CRISPY." - Malaysia Airlines
In case you missed the MasterChef UK "Crispy" Rendang comments...
Here's the video!
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