LOCAL SUSHI CHAIN NAMED THEIR SPECIAL DISH MAKI KITA, HAD TO APOLOGISE

Dear A.S.S. Editor

Local halal sushi chain Maki-San has had to apologise for making a bad pun of the name of their special chicken char siew sushi roll for Singapore’s 52nd birthday.

They tried a pun on their name and Singapore’s national anthem, by naming the food “Maki Kita”. This, of course, was a play on the first two words on our national anthem, “Mari Kita”, but the sushi chain apparently did not know that Maki also means curse in Malay, Singapore’s national language.

The chain had explained on their Facebook post that the name aimed to reflect the cheeky and playful side of the company, and it was supposed to mean “Our Sushi”. But it ended up translating as “Curse Us” instead. The name has now been changed to Harmony Maki.

Kenny Ho

A.S.S. Contributor

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