‘Asian burger with a BITE’: restaurant is criticized for calling one of its meals ‘The Ching Chong’ – but owner says it’s inspired by his Malaysian roots
- Johnny’s Burgers in Perth criticized for calling burger item ‘The Ching Chong’
- Individuals of Asian background criticized the controversial name on Facebook
- The owner has come under fire before for the insensitive name of the menu item
- He noted on social media that the citizen was inspired by his Malaysian roots
- Another Facebook user also found the ‘Honolulu Lulu’ item offensive
A popular burger restaurant has been criticized for calling one of its menu items “The Ching Chong,” a racially insensitive term often associated with individuals of Asian descent.
An image of the menu item from Johnny’s Burgers, located in Perth’s southern suburb of Canley Vale, was shared to a Facebook group after a woman noticed the controversial name.
“Perth burger restaurant uses racist names for their burgers,” the lady wrote on Saturday.
A restaurant has been criticized online for calling one of its burger items “The Ching Chong,” a racially insensitive term given to Asians
The burger, which costs $13.90, is advertised as an “Asian burger with a BITE,” consisting of a beef patty, fried egg, sriracha hot sauce with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and cilantro.
Johnny Wong, the restaurant owner, has previously come under fire for the controversial name and previously noted on social media that the burger was inspired by its Malaysian roots.
However, many believe that the Malaysian owner does not justify using the offensive term.
Johnny Wong (pictured), the restaurant owner, has previously come under fire for the controversial name and previously noted on social media that the burger was inspired by its Malaysian roots
One user wrote: ‘It’s disgusting. He takes advantage of his own people to sell a burger. It just encourages other people to casually use racism against us.”
‘I’m half Asian, but I don’t think you need to be Asian to understand that, just because it’s not offensive to anyone doesn’t mean it’s okay! So disgusting and not funny at all,” wrote another.
While a third said, ‘Just because the owner is Asian doesn’t mean it’s good!!!’
Johnny’s Burgers refers to the burger as ‘controversial’ in a Facebook post
A user on Facebook, who was of Laos background, said they didn’t find the hamburger name offensive, but understood why others would.
“I’m half Laos and I don’t find it offensive (each to their own of course!) as the owner is Asian himself, but he could certainly have used a different word,” they wrote.
Another also pointed out that another burger on the menu called “Honolulu Lulu” could also be seen as offensive, as grilled pineapple was the only ingredient that made the burger “Hawaiian.”
A user also pointed out another burger on the menu called ‘Honolulu Lulu’ which could also be seen as offensive
Sorry just wanted to say that ‘Honolulu Lulu’ is also pretty disgusting. Just because it has pineapple in it doesn’t entitle it to call it a major city of Hawaii, so offensive to Hawaiian and Polynesian people,” they said.
“I wanted to say something about that too,” someone replied.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Johnny’s Burgers for comment.
Another person commented that in 2021 people should know better not to use insensitive names for items on a restaurant menu (Photo: Johnny’s Burgers food items)