Netizens say Malaysian food is only the 39th tastiest in the world

PUTRAJAYA: Less than three months after being praised by local netizens for naming roti canai as the best street food in the world, now the situation is different.

Many netizens in this country expressed their anger on Taste Atlas following the foreign portal’s report which ranked Malaysian food as the 39th tastiest in the world.

They were even more surprised when the Italian dish could also be crowned as the so-called tastiest at the international level followed by its neighbors, Greece and Spain.

The funniest thing is that most of the foods involving developed countries that are in the top 30 are considered not tasty but can ‘bypass’ Malaysia.

Only three countries from the Asian continent managed to be listed in the ‘Top-10’, namely Japan in fourth place, followed by India in fifth place and Turkey in seventh place.

At the level of the Southeast Asia region, the portal based in Bulgaria named Indonesia at the top which is 16th, Vietnam (20th), Philippines (23rd) and Thailand (30th).

What raises the question, Malaysia is considered a global food paradise, can be overcome by Denmark (35th), South Africa (36th), Syria (37th) and Bosnia (38th).

The strange and absurd thing was also criticized by many foreigners, especially tourists who have been on vacation or expatriates who are working in Malaysia as a quite funny issue.

This situation saw Taste Atlas’s official Twitter social account ‘bombarded’ by angry comments from netizens, including Malaysians, who described the index as having an hidden agenda.

However, the portal’s administrator in a counter reply defended the list by claiming it was based on a database of over 15,000 foods.

Users who visit the firm’s official website will give honest ratings without prejudice and they are not paid by any party to vote.

Even the results published at the end of the year were not liked by many embassies from certain countries, but Taste Atlas said that their job was only to count the votes.

Based on the reviews of users who voted in Malaysia, many named roti canai as the tastiest food followed by curry pap, satay, banana roti and nasi lemak.

Also listed are 98 more dishes including drinks including laksa, apam balik, nasi kandar, mi kolok, laksam, nasi dagang, bandung syrup, teh tarik and Ipoh white coffee.

Overall, the level of deliciousness of Malaysian food has earned only 3.99 stars, which is the same as the rating achieved by dishes from Lebanon and Bosnia. – MESSENGER

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