Doddy Angga Andrianto, who sells nasi kuning (fragrant yellow rice) in the East Kalimantan capital of Samarinda, says he’s mostly struggling with the hardships of 15 minutes of fame can bring after he was dubbed the doppelgänger of popular South Korean actor Lee Min-ho.
Angga said he never expected to become famous after a customer posted a TikTok video of him serving up rice from his roadside stall, likening him in appearance to Lee Min-ho. The video went viral recently, winning Angga some new fans — mostly women — and attracted customers to his business.
Despite his newfound fame, Angga says he’s not letting it get in the way of his job.
“People are coming to caress my hands, asking me to come with them, but I’m a professional, I still sell my nasi kuning,” Angga said defiantly.
On the flipside, Angga said the comparisons between him and Lee Min-ho have drawn mockery and ridicule towards him.
“I don’t want to be bullied. I’m not strong enough,” Angga said, adding that he doesn’t feel that he resembles Lee Min-ho.
That said, Angga seems to at least be content with catering to fans of Korean entertainment, having called himself Oppa Angga on TikTok, where he shows off his looks and ripped physique in his apparent effort to look like a Korean celebrity.
Angga, who was born in 1993, said he has had to deal with constant comparisons throughout his adult life, with his friends telling him that he resembles a number of Asian stars such as Indonesian host Boy William, Super Junior member Choi Siwon, as well as Hong Kong actor/singer-songwriter Andy Lau.
Right now, Angga said all that matters is that he has to work hard to make his parents happy, including at his family’s nasi kuning stall, where he has helped out since he was in university. Angga said he even quit his job at a telecommunications firm last year to help his mother, who was selling the nasi kuning by herself at the time.
Despite the struggles with fame, Angga may yet cash in on his popularity while he still can as he admitted to having received numerous offers for endorsement deals from unspecified brands.