It’s safe to say that when it comes to food, don’t play play (as PCK would say) with us Asians.
We take pride in our cooking – it’s a sacred ritual, it’s tradition, and it connects us to our ancestors as they whisper in our ears: “That’s enough soy sauce, son.”
Following his viral reaction video to a BBC Food egg fried rice tutorial, UK-based Malaysian comedian Roger Ng is back by popular demand.
This time, his comedic persona Uncle Roger has his fire aimed at renowned British chef Jamie Oliver, whom he described as “a professional chef” and “very established” at the start of the video.
Unfortunately, despite having a solid reputation to bank on, Jamie Oliver still seems to be doing it all wrong.
Malaysian Comedian Reacts To Jamie Oliver’s Fried Rice, Said It Made His Ancestors Cry
Right off the bat, Jamie Oliver incited protest from Uncle Roger by not using a wok. It is a round-bottomed cooking pot trusted by every Asian household to breath “wok hay” – or wok flavour – into the food.
Now, as a writer who knows her editor uses the SAF mess tin to cook everything, that’s still forgivable, but apparently, Uncle Roger isn’t as forgiving as the cats here in the office.
The subsequent steps: using olive oil (“white people oil”) and sizzling spring onion instead of garlic were all disappointing to Uncle Roger.
“You hear sizzling, I hear my ancestors crying,” said Uncle Roger, who firmly believes that spring onion is for garnishing only.
The chef then arrives at a touchy subject: rice. He introduces a pack of pre-cooked rice, saying that it needs to be drained and chilled.
To that, Uncle Roger wearily warns against the draining part, lest he creates another 12-million-viewership fiasco.
Beyond Ancestors Crying
Having circumvented the treacherous endeavour of cooking rice, Jamie Oliver is still not spared from the wrath of Uncle Roger.
He produces a jar of chilli jam, which his critic immediately denounced for not being an “Asian ingredient”.
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Instead, Uncle Roger recommended Sriracha, a hot sauce loved so deeply that they even come in a portable fun-size, so you’ll never have to go anywhere without it.
It only went downhill from there: the famous cook adds a splash of water mid-cooking. It’s a reverse of what happened in the BBC Food video, but an equally horrifying act.
After that, he breaks a block of tofu by hand rather than preserving its shape. “Breaking tofu-like how Aunty Helen break(s) Uncle Roger’s heart,” Uncle Roger exclaimed in despair.
The result of this recipe is soggy fried rice devoid of garlic and MSG.
You can watch the full video below:
Keep The Hate In Check
Uncle Roger is not a fan of this fried rice, and he isn’t afraid to let Jamie Oliver know.
Previously, chef Hersha Patel received severe backlash from angry Asians worldwide. It was to such extent that Uncle Roger had to tell them off in a Twitter video with the BBC host.
To all my new friends/haters @MrNigelNg and I have just had a lovely afternoon discussing my ‘crimes’ against rice… watch this space.. collab coming soon, give me a follow! #riceislife #uncleroger pic.twitter.com/vQivHNp9V5
— Hersha Patel (@hershapatel1) July 24, 2020
So no matter how deeply you resonate with his review, remember to keep things friendly and civilized.
You can watch Uncle Roger’s full video on Hersha Patel’s fried rice below:
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