The latest list by TasteAtlas drew criticism once again from netizens around the globe.
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Once again, TasteAtlas’ list of the best cuisines in the world has drawn criticism from many, especially Malaysians after Malaysia placed 39th in the Top 50 category.
According to TasteAtlas, some of the best-rated foods in Malaysia are roti canai, curry puffs (karipap), satay celup, roti pisang, and nasi lemak.
Some of the best restaurants to try out Malaysian cuisines are Ding Heong Golden Apam Balik (Kuala Lumpur), Apam Balik Stall at Petaling Street (Kuala Lumpur), Tek Sen Restaurant (George Town), Lean Thye Loh Mee Lebuh Ah Quee (George Town), Andrew’s Kampung (George Town).
The other Southeast Asian countries that made it into the Top 50 list are:
- Indonesia – 16th
- Vietnam – 20th
- Philippines – 23rd
- Thailand – 30th
Netizens found it hard to believe that the food in the United States of America (8th) ranked higher than France (9th place).
Others also questioned the rankings when none of the Caribbean or African nations showed up on the list and wondered how England made it into the list.
For comparison’s sake, England ranked 29th, a step above Thailand!
Malaysia below England? Bruh below China and India I get cause some of our foods is bootleg of theirs but below England? pic.twitter.com/Lz6hB18JoD— Amirol Johar (@Amirolprivate) December 24, 2022
Hahahahahahaha england got better food than thailand/malaysia?Tasteatlas is a fucking joke. Jellied eel,eel pie,fish and chips over pad thai,Tom yam? Phad prik,phad kra pao gila punya orang putih https://t.co/O2PSRAm6re— reezhandowski (@ReezhanHakeem) December 23, 2022
Immediately bullshit when USA is above France— Trevor Duke- Moretz (@TrevorDMoretz) December 24, 2022
The fact that not one Caribbean or African nation shows up tells me there is something not qYT right about this pic.twitter.com/C1rtaRjWWB— Javi Rodriguez 🇵🇷🇩🇴🇳🇬 (@Javiplatano) December 24, 2022
and what exactly is “united states cuisine”? 🤔— drew 🕛 HAPPY BDAY TAYLOR (@FEELINGUNM00RED) December 24, 2022
There’s no way Southeast Asian countries below US 💀💀— Hanno 🌿 (@Nanno_hanno) December 24, 2022
English food being directly above Thai food removes all credibility from the list. https://t.co/Ng4aX4Ngkd— Ryan Alba (@_alba__) December 24, 2022
Earlier in the June 2022 list, Malaysia ranked 46th out of 50 countries. The list has been contested by people from other countries when it placed several European countries ahead in the top 10 positions.
In a comment to The Vibes, TasteAtlas defended its methodology to determine the ranking after the previous backlash.
They explained that users were given free rein to rate the dish and artificial intelligence was used to establish and validate genuine ratings.
TasteAtlas is a Croatian-based project founded by journalist and entrepreneur Matija Babic. Its interactive website is akin to an encyclopaedia of food worldwide, highlighting traditional dishes and local ingredients in authentic restaurants.