Hipsters have ruined yet another traditional Asian dish and people got pretty mad

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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.

Image: screenshot/london evening standard

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 cant find [the tea leaves] you can substitute kimchi or sauerkraut,” say the authors of the recipe.

Image: screenshot/london evening standard

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.

This is kimchi

Image: Shutterstock / MinWool

The recipe was written by two women who run a website called Tart London, a “unique food and lifestyle brand.”

Three tartlets #druidstreetmarket #losttea #burma

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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.

Image: the lost tea company/instagram

The picture is also captioned #exotic, #travel, and #adventure.

Naturally, people got pretty pissed.

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.

[H/T: Coconuts]

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/05/16/myanmar-tea-salad-burma/