It’s a very good time to be Loh Kean Yew.
Not solely did the Badminton World Federation’s reigning singles world champion attain a profession excessive by breaking into the Prime Ten within the newest BWF rankings, however he additionally acquired the chance to point out off his cooking expertise.
On Wednesday, Feb 23, Loh, 24, made his mom’s Huan Chu Char Bak—minced meat and potato dish in a video titled Loh Kean Yew Can Cook dinner. That video on the BWF’s Fb web page, has been considered greater than 88,000 occasions.
Earlier than this week, Loh had been ranked twelfth by the BWF. On Tuesday, he reached the ninth spot, and actually, is the one latest mover within the Prime Ten.
Topping the checklist is Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen, with whom Loh has skilled and with whom he usually exchanges feedback on social media, to the delight of badminton followers ound the globe. (Extra on that later).
Loh’s rise since late 2021 has been at least stellar. He had ranked simply [PLEASE FILL IN] when he received the 2021 BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain, final December, the primary Singaporean to realize this feat.
Whereas he misplaced within the last of the India Open championship to India’s Lakshya Sen final month, his efficiency on the Badminton Asia Staff Championships in Selangor final week helped a Covid-disrupted Singapore group to win the bronze.
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And to assume that round this time final 12 months, Loh had been ranked thirty ninth.
He can cook dinner, too?
Off court docket, the athlete is displaying he’s no slouch both.
“Loh Kean Yew has all the talents within the kitchen in addition to on the court docket,” because the caption on BWT’s video says. Loh quipped: “Right now’s mission is to not burn down the kitchen.”
He defined that he selected a dish his mom makes as a result of he misses her house cooking. Penang-born Loh, got here to Singapore when he was simply 13, after his older brother and fellow badminton participant, Loh Kean Hean, began learning on the Singapore Sports activities College.
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The brothers have since change into Singaporean residents, whereas their dad and mom and one other brother nonetheless stay in Penang.
Loh mentioned he made a video name to his mom so she might present him the right way to cook dinner Huan Chu Char Bak. He mentioned he began cooking for himself throughout the Circuit Breaker in 2020.
“As a result of I’m from Penang, so I eat fairly a little bit of salt,” he mentioned. “I’ve a heavier style,” he mentioned whereas mixing a very good quantity of oyster sauce into the dish.
The consequence? Two appetizing-looking dishes certainly, with Loh closing his eyes and throwing his head again in ecstasy upon tasting what he ready.
He appeared equally glad he completed his mission of not burning down the kitchen.
However Loh took a ribbing from world champ Axelsen, who wrote, “I do know for a incontrovertible fact that Loh Kean Yew can’t cook dinner!!!!!”
“Viktor Axelsen I CAN MAKE MORE THAN JUST OATS,” Loh shot again.
The change prompted one commenter to recommend a cook-off between the 2 athletes.
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