In this era of globalization, desi food has seen its share of fun at the cost of cultural appropriation – be it the west’s obsession with ‘Golden Milk’ aka Haldi Doodh or Chai Tea Latte.
Even the Biryani has been a victim of cultural appropriate – remember Marks & Spencer vegan biryani wrap?
But this week, it went too far. This time the target was our beloved Paratha!
A Singaporean cooking website, Nyonya Cooking, uploaded recipe of a Paratha and pegged it as the “Flat Asian croissant”.
Yep, you read that right. Our Paratha has been likened to a flat croissant. And well… people are pissed!
in other, non political but still enraging news: pic.twitter.com/bbEFM7jL7c— Dee 方传嫣 🏴 (@hellenus) February 23, 2020
“In the wake of Asian Flat Croissant, I propose we come up with names for Western foods in a Malaysian context,” said one user.
In the wake of Asian Flat Croissant, I propose we come up with names for Western foods in a Malaysian context.— 🏴🏳️ Rin 🦝 (@rincredible) February 25, 2020
Croissant = roti bom gulung
Spaghetti Alfredo = maggi goreng cheese
Boeuf bourguignon = rendang tok kuah anggur merah
Hotdog = roti john daging lekor
Is it still a croissant if its super puffed up?
What would you rather have for breakfast? Asian flat bread croissant with eggs (left) or Asian super puffed up croissant (right)? pic.twitter.com/rkC1NP7i1b— SocialPariah (@Non_graata) February 24, 2020
“… also known as not related to the croissant, not based on a croissant, not shaped like a croissant, not eaten like a croissant, and not a croissant.”
ah yes, the asian flat croissant, often eaten with dhal, fish, and chicken curry, and also known as not related to the croissant, not based on a croissant, not shaped like a croissant, not eaten like a croissant, and not a fucking croissant https://t.co/nStpUd1Cuo— Rami Ismail (رامي) (@tha_rami) February 24, 2020
therapist: the asian flat croissant isn't real it cant hurt you— mars 🇵🇰 (@pIanettmars) February 24, 2020
the asian flat croissant: pic.twitter.com/dRQDITqaHN
One user found a way out of making ‘gol rotis’
One Asian flat croissant with mixed sauce please!
I want flood asian flat croissant with mixed sauce,please! pic.twitter.com/HI2RBnMU60— 🎮 Ranjermerah77 🎮 (@zharifzamree) February 24, 2020
We too are confused
And can’t wrap our heads around it
This is how, we could explain our desi paratha to guests.— Vijay Shekhar Sharma (@vijayshekhar) February 24, 2020
Flat Croissant == Lachcha / Malabar Paratha 😄😄 pic.twitter.com/KL9KVm94Es
This is really just getting out of hand
oh to be starting off my day with a (checks notes) spring onion flat croissant pic.twitter.com/Rwd0MG2pbA— ajax pu$$y indulgence (@sunsettiapie) February 24, 2020
A puffy Paratha, anyone?
European Puffy Paratha pic.twitter.com/IuUvza2Dbw— asad (@sadizid) February 24, 2020
Responding to backlash, the website clarified that it just wanted to make it “a fun title” to market the content “to make it more relatable for our audiences who are not familar with words such as canai, prata, parotta or paratha.”
“If you take some time to visit our website, the name (since publication in 2016) has always been how it is known in our region.”
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