Those pesky hipsters have struck again.
This time, it’s a traditional dish from Myanmar called Burmese tea leaf salad.
A recipe published last week in the London’s Evening Standard has annoyed a lot of people, with some accusing the recipe of completely pulverising the dish.
A Burmese tea leaf salad typically consists of fermented tea leaves, roasted peanuts, cabbage and tomatoes, according to a recipe by the NY Times. So what could go wrong?
“If you can’t find [the tea leaves] you can substitute kimchi or sauerkraut,” say the authors of the recipe.
Let’s get that straight for a minute. A tea leaf salad with no tea leaf is surely… just a salad?
And if you don’t know what kimchi is, it’s fermented cabbage that is hugely popular in Korea. So yes it’s also fermented, but no, it’s not even close.
The recipe was written by two women who run a website called Tart London, a “unique food and lifestyle brand.”
One of the co-founders happens to have a brother who owns a company called The Lost Tea Company which specialises in selling — you guessed it, Burmese tea leaves.
Here’s a post by the Lost Tea Company of some good old fashioned fermented tea leaf salad.
The picture is also captioned #exotic, #travel, and #adventure.
Naturally, people got pretty pissed.
“This is how to make a banana split!
But if you can’t find bananas, just use strawberries or pineapple rings!”
— MiMi Aye (@meemalee) May 11, 2017
@meemalee I bought some of the leaves in Yangon precisely for this! Pretty obvious that a tea leaf salad without tea leaves is just a salad…
— Nick Morris (@nickmcomms) May 12, 2017
So if you’re ever thinking of whipping up a Burmese tea leaf salad in future, here’s a tip: try not to forget the tea leaves.