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A food war with Singapore and Indonesia?

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Thanks The Star for quoting me in this news article, but it’s much better to give out my blog URL too. 🙂

Hainanese chicken rice is neither originated from Malaysia nor Singapore. The recipe is inherited from a city named Wen Chang in the China Hainan island. But Hainanese chicken ball rice was invented either in Muar or may be in Melaka.

Bak Kut Teh is truly a Malaysian dish, which is originated from Klang. Singapore is hijacking from Malaysia and claim theirs.

I gonna write its naming origin.

The inventor of Bak Kut Teh is named Lee Boon Teh (李文地), a medical sensei from Klang Selangor at about 70 years ago. In the old time, Chinese traditional traders are called with his/her trade name in front of their second name. For example, Tan Ah Yong, a pork seller is called Pork Yong.

Lee Boon Teh, a part-time pork rib soup trader was conveniently called Bak Kut (肉骨) Teh and also a pot of Chinese hot tea is served after the dish. Klang folks are mostly Hokkien descendants, Bak Kut Teh (肉骨地) is in same pronunciaton with Bak Kut Tea (肉骨茶).

Therefore Bak Kut […]