‘Karen, Queen of Congee’ draws backlash over brand ‘improving’ ancient Asian dish for the Western palate
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include a statement from Asian Americans Advancing Justice. The organization says it rejects donations from Breakfast Cure.
A breakfast brand that “improves” congee for the Western palate has stirred controversy over the weekend after Twitter users accused it of cultural appropriation.
Bretman Rock recently taught the internet how to eat balut in a TikTok video that went viral last week.
About the video: The social media personality introduced the video from July 9 by saying that balut is one of his favorite Filipino streets foods and one of his mom’s cravings when she was pregnant with him.
Filipino social media users rallied online to criticize the Philippine government’s effort to “standardize” adobo, lechon, sinigang and other famous Filipino dish recipes.
What happened: On July 9, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced BPS/TC 92, a new committee that will develop the Philippine National Standards (PNS) when it comes to preparing Filipino dishes, according to Asian Journal.
Little Tokyo’s revered mochi ice cream shop Mikawaya, located in Los Angeles, has closed permanently after more than a century.
About the shop: Mikawaya, one of Little Tokyo’s oldest businesses located at 118 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, was opened in 1910 by Ryuzaburo Hashimoto, according to their website.
People are asking James Corden and “The Late Late Show” to remove the “Spill Your Guts” segment, claiming that it perpetuates anti-Asian racism amid a rise of violence toward AAPI communities.
Host James Corden invites celebrity guests to participate in the segment in which he gives them the option to either answer personal questions or take a bite from an assortment of what is displayed as “gross” foods.
In the video posted on Monday, Yee and his grandfather tried several products from the American grocery chain’s Chinese food line, Trader Ming’s.
Popular food author Tieghan Gerard has sparked an online backlash from the Asian American community over a recipe that failed to give justice to a beloved Vietnamese dish.
Gerard earned the ire of many of her fans after mislabeling a random “noodle soup” recipe as pho on her Half Baked Harvest website.
Singer and actress Selena Gomez made a beloved Filipino dish with celebrity chef Jordan Andino for the cooking show “Selena + Chef.”
While quarantining last year, Gomez created her unscripted series, according to MSN. Every episode features a celebrity chef, and this upcoming second season will include Marcela Valladolid, Aarti Sequeira, JJ Johnson and José Andrés, among others.
Oreo is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a special new flavor hitting convenience stores in China for a limited time.
The company has launched lychee-flavored Oreos in China, available now through April 2021, according to Mothership.
Shake Shack will offer Korean-inspired Gochujang menu items at its various branches nationwide until April 5.
What’s on the menu: According to its website, Shake Shack will sell Korean-Style Fried Chick’n, Korean Gochujang Chick’n Bites and Korean Gochujang Fries.
A “Top Chef” alum has ignited discussions on cultural appropriation after posting her version of a Korean dish on Instagram.
Stephanie Izard, winner of the reality show’s fourth season, shared a photo of her own “bibimbap,” which consisted of beef, cilantro and mint.
Uncle Roger, the fried rice connoisseur/critic created by U.K.-based Malaysian comedian Nigel Ng, recently recorded a reaction to a video he described as “the worst fried rice video.”