Customer complains about 'racist' burger name

A burger restaurant in Perth has caused uproar after customers accused it of being racist in naming an item on the menu.

Johnny’s Burgers in Canning Vale has a number of quirky named burgers on the menu but the ‘Ching Chong’ burger is courting controversy.

The Ching Chong burger has been on the menu for more than three years. It’s said to be inspired by the owner’s Malaysian roots.

Concerned resident Lisa Chappell has started a Change.org petition to remove the burger from menus.

A customer is calling for Johnny’s Burgers in Perth to remove the Ching Chong burger from its menu. Source: Facebook/ Johnny’s Burgers

“Johnny’s Burger Joint serves up an extra side dish that is frowned upon by many: racism!” she wrote.

She told Seven News she’s advised the owner the term Ching Chong is “very offensive and derogatory to Asians and that the name wasn’t appropriate to be used”. 

But Johnny, the owner, said the burger name was not intended to offend and the words were chosen because they mean authentic or original.