Billed as an ‘experiential travel guide’ centred around the promotion of food from across different cultures around the globe, Bulgarian site TasteAtlas has caught considerable ire among Malaysians for a few rather contentious takes on our beloved local culinary scene and dishes. In one instance, the site had even placed Malaysia 46th out of their list of the Top 50 World Cuisines.
TasteAtlas rates the ‘6 worst Malaysian Food & Beverages’
More recently, TasteAtlas has once again raised eyebrows for publishing another listicle last Friday (December 30th, 2022), this time counting down the ‘6 Worst Rated Malaysian Food & Beverages’.
Fluffy and peanut-filled apam balik turnover pancakes kick off the list with a rating of 3.8 out of a possible 5 stars. This was subsequently followed by the tangy zest of assam laksa with a rating of also 3.8 out of 5 stars, and onwards with the rich redolence of durian that accrued 3.7 out of 5 stars.
Following that, a frothy cup of teh tarik received 3.6 out of 5 stars, with mooncakes coming in second place with the same rating. The lowest-rated Malaysian dish according to TasteAtlas users is the popular mamak staple, Maggi goreng, nabbing only 3.4 out of 5 stars.
Taste still is very much subjective
But not all is lost as to TasteAtlas’ credit, they have also previously awarded Malaysian roti canai the Top Rated Street Food in September 2022.
With that said, it’s probably a good idea not to take any of these ratings too seriously, as a preference for food is naturally subjective. And as all locals know, there is nothing quite like the warm comfort that comes from tucking into a hearty, Malaysian feast!