Friday, March 30, 2012

Western Delusion - Food Version

As an Asian, and Malaysian, I can safely say that as a whole, we take pride in our food. Because of that, what I read this morning was simply appalling, enough to ruin any Malaysian's appetite.

In a list of the top 20 restaurants IN THE WORLD, you will notice that there is not a single restaurant based in Asia. This is coming from a publication that calls itself the "Elite Traveler". I don't know what is so elite about the Elite Traveler that it does not have any palate for food in Asia. I can only wonder if the writers at Elite Traveler have ever been to Asia.

For starters, in order to qualify as one of the top 20 restaurants in the world, I think one of the main criteria has to be the taste of the food. I must say that as subjective as tastes may be, it is shocking to see that not a single Asian restaurant is listed in the top 20.

Of course you can start throwing in things like ambiance, the waiter's manners and so on and so forth. Still, accounting for all that, statistics would suggest that there should at least be one or two restaurants in Asia that should be in the list of top 20, if not 15-16.

The only "consolation" that an Asian can get is that there is ONE Japanese restaurant on that list, and it is ranked 13th.

This is coming from a country that is well known for bad food.

Photo Credits: The Food Ninja

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