UK Michelin-Star Chef Accused Of Stealing Singaporean Recipe On Rasa Malaysia Meals Weblog

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Evidently the colonists aren’t accomplished with stealing our Southeast Asian assets, as a result of it seems {that a} London-based, Singapore-born Michelin-Star Chef might have been ripping off Singaporean recipes for her new cookbook.

Elizabeth Haigh owns and runs a kopitiam in London’s meals haven Borough Market known as Mei Mei and previously competed on MasterChef in 2011. She additionally usually exhibits up with our personal Malaysian comic Uncle Roger in his YouTube movies as ‘Auntie Liz’.

Now, she is being accused of plagiarism in her new cookbook titled Makan.



Left: Sharon Wee’s book published in 2012, and Elizabeth Haigh’s book publish in 2021. (Credit: Google Books)


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Left: Sharon Wee’s ebook revealed in 2012, and Elizabeth Haigh’s ebook publish in 2021. (Credit score: Google Books)

How It Started

Sharon Wee is a New York-based Singaporean who revealed Rising Up in a Nyonya Kitchen in 2012, a cookbook that included her mom’s recipes, private anecdotes, childhood tales, and interviews with older family.

Nevertheless, after studying Elizabeth Haigh’s new cookbook Makan revealed in Could 2021, she pinpointed greater than 15 recipes that have been lifted from her cookbook, together with her personal private histories and tales together with her household.

Wee has submitted a criticism to Bloomsbury, the writer of the Makan cookbook.

Malaysians Get Concerned

Malaysian meals blogger Low Bee Yinn, who runs the meals weblog Rasa Malaysia, was bewildered when a reader accused her of copying the identical recipe for ngo hiang (also referred to as Penang lobak in Malaysia).

The reader, Alice Lin, claimed that this recipe on Rasa Malaysia’s weblog is the very same because the one from Elizabeth Haigh’s.





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The recipe posted on Rasa Malaysia was revealed in 2010, a contribution from a Singaporean meals blogger by the title of Danielle. This recipe was hosted on the Rasa Malaysia web site with full credit score. There, Danielle says that that is her mom’s recipe.

At the moment, Low was not involved in regards to the remark, till she was contacted by Sharon Wee.

After chatting with Wee, Low realized that Elizabeth Haigh had pilfered recipes– not solely from Rising Up In A Nonya Kitchen, but in addition from the meals weblog Rasa Malaysia, and even a really outdated Singaporean cookbook first revealed in 1981.

A longtime chef like Elizabeth Haigh stealing all our recipes is simply ethically unsuitable.

Low Bee Yinn to TRP

Low has additionally submitted her considerations about how passages have been plagiarised verbatim by Elizabeth Haigh to Bloomsbury however obtained no response.

The Fallout

Bloomsbury has already pulled Makan off the cabinets, and the ebook is not on sale at shops or on-line apart from Amazon. The writer notes that Makan “has been withdrawn as a result of rights points.”

Nevertheless, Elizabeth Haigh has but to supply a press release in regards to the accusations of plagiarism. She has disengaged from her social media by deactivating the Instagram for her restaurant Mei Mei and making her Twitter personal.



Nigel Ng, better known as his comedian persona Uncle Roger, and Elizabeth Haigh show up frequently together in cooking shows. (Credit: SORTEDfood/YouTube)


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Nigel Ng, higher referred to as his comic persona Uncle Roger, and Elizabeth Haigh present up incessantly collectively in cooking exhibits. (Credit score: SORTEDfood/YouTube)

On the identical time, Uncle Roger– our personal Malaysian comic Nigel Ng– launched a YouTube video that includes her as Auntie Liz on the identical weekend the plagiarism controvesy unfolded. The video promoted her kickstarter to open a much bigger restaturant, which many present in poor style.

TRP has reached out to Elizabeth Haigh and Nigel Ng for additional feedback.

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