Herman, Jakarta – A halal-certified restaurant Baso A Fung recently destroyed all bowls in its Bali branch after influencer Jovi Adhiguna dipped pork crackers in his meatball soup.
A video showing Jovi eating pork crackers had gone viral on the internet. In the video, Jovi was eating meatball soup at A Fung's Ngurah Rai Airport branch in Bali. Jovi then put pork crackers – which he had previously bought somewhere else – in his food.
The clip immediately sparked a backlash from netizens in the Muslim-majority country, as pork meat is forbidden in Islam. According to Islamic teachings, a bowl that previously had pork meat is also considered impure and needs to be cleaned a certain way.
Baso A Fung issued an apology following the incident. The said branch also smashed all bowls with hammers.
"As a commitment to maintaining Baso A Fung's halal certification, we are doing our best, namely by destroying all crockery in our branch at Bali's Ngurah Rai airport for domestic flights," Baso A Fung wrote on their Instagram account on Wednesday.
Jovi also apologized to both the public and the Baso A Fung management.
"Baso A Fung and I have resolved this matter well. I would like to sincerely thank Baso A Fung owner and all the teams involved for forgiving me," Jovi said.