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Southeast Asians have united to defend hugely popular chicken rendang that was knocked out of a British cooking competition television show for not being crispy enough, but the long-standing debate on the origins of the dish rages on.

Malaysian-born chef Zaleha Kadir Olpin cooked nasi lemak, a beloved traditional Malaysian dish, served with chicken rendang in the quarter-final of the BBC show “MasterChef UK,” in which contestants were asked to prepare a meal that was important to them.

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