M’sia’s street food may be good, but S’pore promotes its own food better


Singapore has been ranked as the best city in the world for street food in 2019, beating several cities in the Asia-Pacific region, including those in Thailand, Hong Kong, and Vietnam.

But with no city from Malaysia having made it on the list, Malaysian netizens didn’t let themselves go unheard.

Malaysians object

They expressed their exasperation over Malaysia being left out from the list, saying that all the good food in Singapore originated from Malaysia, and that Malaysia’s food was better.

Indeed, it’s not as if Malaysia is lacking in delicious street food.

Yet, this is not the first time that our neighbours have seemingly been left out of international culinary discourse.

Case in point: Malaysia was also left out from a recent Asian street food show on Netflix.

Malaysia’s cuisine lacks marketing?

An article by Anne Dorall on the Malaysian media site The Rakyat Post points out something that may have contributed to this discrepancy, in spite of  Malaysia’s fierce love and protection about their own cuisine.

Dorall notes that Malaysia is “struggling to be heard” and tourism efforts “fails to highlight one of the best things about the country”.

She pointed out that Malaysia’s official tourism site left out much with regards to food.

As of the time of writing, Tourism Malaysia’s website did have a small section featuring local cuisine, but it was not as prominently displayed as the sections found on other tourism sites.


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