Fail: Joo Chiat SMC PAP MP Charles Chong posts photo of himself eating orh neng, called it 'orh luak'

Please get the food names right before trying too hard.

Belmont Lay| August 19, 08:23 PM

Update (Aug. 19, 2015, 9pm): PAP MP Charles Chong has edited his Facebook post explaining that he doesn't know the difference between "orh luak" and "orh neng". We have updated this article with a screen shot of his original Facebook post. For the uninitiated, "orh luak" has starch typically made from tapioca flour added to it to give it a sticky texture, while "orh neng" is egg omelette and oysters with a serving of sauce.


Joo Chiat SMC PAP MP Charles Chong thought that he was witty and funny when he posted this on his Facebook page:

Original post


Edited Facebook post

Oyster Omelette (orh luak) tastes better in Aljunied.

Posted by Charles Chong on Tuesday, August 18, 2015


The photo clearly shows him eating what he calls "Oyster Omelette", but then he gets the dialect translation wrong by calling it "orh luak" (a.k.a. fried oyster).

The correct term should have been "orh neng".

hougang-blk-401-coffeeshop Source: SG Unfit Runners


Chong's photo was taken at Blk 401 Hougang Ave 10 coffee shop opposite Punggol Park, which is located within Aljunied GRC, albeit at the fringe of it.

The supposed significance of this orh luak-eating-and-photo-taking exercise is a nod to the "orh luak" politics popularised by Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Teo Chee Hean. He had previously politicised Sylvia Lim's Instagram photo of her eating "orh luak" in Fengshan SMC, by taking it to mean she is contesting in the constituency she is photographed eating at.

For the record, we just ate the Blk 401 Hougang Ave 8 coffee shop's orh luak a few days ago:



Commenters on HardwareZone forum have been having a field day chipping in on Charles Chong's heartland cuisine faux pas:





Chong is set to contest in Punggol East SMC against Workers' Party's Lee Li Lian this coming general election.

We hope he will still come back to eat at the coffee shop after the election results have been announced.

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