‘Asian burger with a BITE’: Restaurant is slammed for naming one of its meals ‘The Ching Chong’ – but the owner says it’s inspired by his Malaysian roots
- Johnny’s Burgers in Perth slammed for naming burger item ‘The Ching Chong’
- Individuals of Asian background criticised the controversial name on Facebook
- The owner has previously come under fire over the insensitive menu item name
- He noted on social media that the burger was inspired by his Malaysian roots
- Another Facebook user believed the item ‘Honolulu Lulu’ was also offensive
A popular burger restaurant has been slammed for naming one of its menu items ‘The Ching Chong’, a racially insensitive term often associated with individuals who have an Asian background.
An image of the menu item from Johnny’s Burgers, located in the southern Perth suburb of Canley Vale, was shared to a Facebook group after a woman noticed the controversial name.
‘Burger restaurant in Perth is using racist names for their burgers,’ the lady wrote on Saturday.
A restaurant has been slammed online for naming 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 coriander.
Johnny Wong, the restaurant owner, has come under fire before because of the controversial name and previously noted on social media that the burger was inspired by his Malaysian roots.
However many believe the owner being Malaysian doesn’t justify the use of the offensive term.
Johnny Wong (pictured), the restaurant owner, has come under fire before over the controversial name and previously noted on social media that the burger was inspired by his Malaysian roots
One user wrote: ‘It’s gross. He’s taking advantage of his own people in order to sell a burger. It just encourages other people to use casual racism towards 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 one, doesn’t mean it’s ok! So disgusting and not funny at all,’ wrote another.
While a third said: ‘Just because the owner is Asian does not mean it’s ok!!!’
Johnny’s Burgers referring to the burger as ‘controversial’ in a Facebook post
One user on Facebook, who was of Laos background, said they didn’t find the burger name offensive but understood why others would.
‘I’m half Laos and I don’t find it offensive (each to their own obviously!) as the owner is also Asian himself but he definitely could’ve used a different word,’ they wrote.
Another also pointed out another burger on the menu called ‘Honolulu Lulu’ could also be seen as offensive because grilled pineapple was the only ingredient that made the burger ‘Hawaiian’.
One user also pointed out another burger on the menu called ‘Honolulu Lulu’, could also be seen as offensive
‘Sorry just wanted to say that “Honolulu Lulu” is pretty disgusting too. Just because it has pineapple in it doesn’t give the right to name it a main city of Hawaii, so offensive to Hawaiian and Polynesian people,’ they said.
‘I was gonna comment about that as well,’ someone replied.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Johnny’s Burgers for comment.
Another individual noted that people should know better in 2021 not to use insensitive names for items on a restaurant menu (Pictured: Food items from Johnny’s Burgers)