I mean, if you are the kind of person who makes food at home rather than ordering it in, you’re already more ambitious (and, frankly, more of a snob) than my lazy ass, so congratulations. But as this seemingly innocent video has demonstrated, just because you have a kitchen that doesn’t make you an expert food cooker. BBC Food presenter Hersha Patel‘s take on Chinese egg-fried rice has gone viral, for all the wrong reasons. And here they are…
According to CNN, Malaysian comedian Nigel Ng, who goes by the name Uncle Roger, uploaded a video to his popular YouTube channel earlier this month. In this video, Hersha is seen preparing the traditional Chinese dish, egg-fried rice. As Uncle Roger watches Hersha’s method of preparation, he slowly begins to dissolve into a puddle of confounded rage:
“What she doing? Oh my god. You’re killing me, woman. Drain the — she’s draining rice with colander! How can you drain rice with colander? This is not pasta!” he exclaimed.
Shortly afterward, he groaned, “You’re ruining the rice,” as Patel used tap water to wash it of starch.
Uncle Roger’s reaction video, though intended to be a joke, has turned into more than that.
The controversy over the BBC Food clip, and the reaction it provoked within certain Asian communities, speaks to a broader, long-standing debate about the intersection of food, ethnicity and culture — the fundamental question of who is allowed to cook what food.
Uncle Roger tried to defuse the situation by filming a short clip with Hersha, announcing they are planning a collaboration.
“While this guy’s blown up like nobody’s business, I’ve been trolled,” Patel said in the video, claiming she had been simply presenting the BBC’s recipe and that “I know how to cook rice.”
And this, THIS, is why I subsist on a steady diet of store-bought popcorn, red wine, and Pop-Tarts. I can’t cook and I’m not about to delude myself into thinking I can be fixed. Check out Uncle Roger’s video below: