Sea Games food chief explains why athletes mistook chicken sausage as kikiam

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Some SEA Games athletes mistook chicken sausage after hotel staff tried to tweak the processed meat with spices as a non-Halal Filipino street food, a tournament official said Wednesday after pictures of the supposed “kikiam” meal went viral.

Whitewoods Convention & Leisure Hotel officials in Cavite have earlier denied that they served the usually cheap dish to national athletes, saying game organizers inspected the processed meat before it was cooked and served delegates of SEA Games.

It is basically just a chicken hotdog, said SEA Games Executive Chef Bruce Lim when he was asked by reporters to confirm the claim of the hotel.

The hotel wanted to make it a little life so what they did was saute it with soy sauce and different spices so it looked like kikiam, but it wasn’t really, he said.

Coach of Philippine Malditas Let Dimzon-who said earlier that kikiam served members of the country’s national women’s soccer team- didn’t taste it, Lim said.

I think the hotel will require them to apologize to the public, but that’s out of my control. It’s up to the coach and the hotel, he said.

Officials in charge of SEA Games dishes will “triple-check” delegates ‘ dietary restrictions and require hotels to provide a list of allergens for each dish served, the tournament’s executive chef said after reports that the captain of Brunei’s football team was confined due to peanut allergies during the weekend.

After the food allergy of Brunei royal: SEA Games food chief to the dietary needs of ‘ triple check ‘ athletes Despite assurances that only Halal-certified food is served at the 30th SEA Games, some countries have agreed to provide their athletes with food to ensure that their delegates obtain adequate nutrition throughout the 11-day regional competition

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