French Chef Apologizes After Online Backlash Over Racist ‘Tching Tchong’ Salad

French Chef Apologizes After Online Backlash Over Racist ‘Tching Tchong’ Salad
Ryan General
By Ryan General
May 1, 2019
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Priced at €19 ($21), the salad comes with spring rolls, prawns, a sauce of ginger and coconut milk, and a generous serving of racism.
The controversial dish, listed on the Parisian restaurant’s menu as “Tching Tchong Salade,” generated backlash after a netizen tweeted about it on Monday.
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The establishment’s resident chef Christophe Adam addressed the accusations of racism with an apology during an interview with Asian magazine Koï, calling it “an enormous inexcusable stupidity.”
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Adam also took to social media to explain that while the name was chosen “clumsily,” the restaurant had no racist intent.
“Last night, we were challenged by the title of our Asian-flavored salad that struck many people from the Asian community but not only,” he wrote in French. “We would like to clarify that this name was chosen very clumsily for its Asian resonance and not to display a racist side that absolutely does not exist within the Legal Deposit and more generally at the heart of the society L’Eclair de Génie (.. .) We, of course, condemn with the utmost firmness the messages of hatred and racism against any community. “
The chef also said the phrase “Tching Tchong” was already removed from the restaurant’s menu, noting that they “did not realize the harsh, hurtful and pejorative connotation of this expression.”
Featured image via Instagram/Depotlegal (left) and /tititoons (right)
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