Everybody wants to rule the world…

There was so much excitement last week over the news that Penang assam laksa

Penang assam laksa
*recycled pic*

…has been ranked No. 7 in CNN’s list of the top most delicious food in the world and there was even a newspaper report that Singapore was not too happy that their chili crab was No. 35 and her chicken rice was ranked No. 45 only.

In the first place, who nominated the contenders and who voted? As far as I know, another channel on our local satellite TV released a list of some eating places in Sibu and asked people to go and vote. Looking at the places mentioned, I really wonder who took them there…or whether anybody in the know showed them around or not. I may be wrong but it appears to me that they just stopped at those places located within walking distance from their hotel.

Similarly, I went to aΒ nyonya restaurant in Malacca that was featured in one of those local shows and there was a plaque hanging on the wall to prove it – you know that show with the bubbly Malay lady who would stuff her face with all the food…and as the series went on, she grew fatter and fatter? It was good, no doubt but it definitely was not the best in town. There was a much nicer one right across the road…and I would say the same thing about one restaurant that she visited in Sibu. There are definitely others that are just as nice or even nicer.

Well, Philip gave me this book…

AB's book

…and I’m sure the author is no stranger to most people here as we often see him on the food and travel channels on TV. Now, if you turn to the “Where to eat” section in the book and zoom in on Malaysia, this is what you will see…

AB's where to eat in Malaysia

Sorry, all you people in Penang, Ipoh or elsewhere – only Kuching and Sungai Besi (KL) are in the list. LOL!!! And to be honest, I’m sure many Kuching people may not agree with his choice either but I guess it so happened that when he was in the city to shoot his show, they took him to this one.

So all that hoo-ha as to who’s what number on what list is simply a case of much ado about nothing really and certainly no big deal at all. I always believe that one man’s meat is another man’s poison and my favourite may not be something that you will like…so you are just as entitled to your own opinion as I am to mine. Such lists, therefore, may be useful for first-time visitors who are total strangers to a place but they should take them with a pinch of salt and not regard them as the be all and end all.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

42 thoughts on “Everybody wants to rule the world…”

  1. Hear ye, Hear ye! I couldn’t agree more!!!!…enough said!…that fat lady that grew along the way is Maria T***** S**** lar…wei…segemuk-gemuk orang ada jugak yang minat kat dia tau…I think she sued some rich fella like a few million ringgits for ditching her or something like that…you ada?…muahahahha. Anyway, even if the best assam laksa in the world but served like your recycled pic…thanks but no thanks…so selekeh…tengok pun takda nafsu!!I hate it when people serve me food looking like that or with pinggan yang dah sompek…even my dogs got served better than that.

    Your dogs? They live like kings! Royalty, dressed in fine clothes and eat the best food. Wish I could swop places with them. LOL!!! πŸ˜€ That is supposed to be the BEST in Penang, don’t play-play – my friend took me allllll the way there and when we reached the place, I changed my mind the moment I saw it. I did not eat that! 😦 Hah!!! I enjoyed that woman’s food travel show but I could not stand the way she ate – no social graces…or maybe she was asked by the director to look as if she was enjoying the food. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

    1. Some places in Penang, their laksa is overrated… last mth I went to Penang oso same… some place nice laksa, some place not nice.

      Well, people claim that this one at Air Itam is the best, tiada setanding! Like Shereen said, one look and I would change my mind about eating already. Served so messy – this reflects their mentality – no respect for the customers at all. Guess they think they’re the best, can do anything they like…and people will still come crawling. Not me! I went all the way…and when I got there and saw the surroundings, the conditions…and the laksa, I lost my appetite instantly – didn’t eat. No, thank you.

  2. You’re right. These days it’s mostly about media hype. I finally found that Jln Tiga place, still haven’t tried them yet, may do in the near future. I liked that, ‘stuff her face with all the food.’ So when’s our Malaysian Bourdain going to write a book?

    You should see her when she ate AND talked – her cheeks all puffed up, stuffed with food. Nigella, she definitely isn’t. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

    1. Nigella she definitely isn’t, actually I don’t know either one, have been living in a cave these past few year, I guess. But I googled Nigella, turned out to be another pretty face. If she’s like all these pretty faces in the music industry, then I think I might prefer that face stuffer.

      LOL!!! Let me look for a photo of her for you…. πŸ˜€

      1. Interesting case. As you said, Nigella she definitely isn’t…

        LOL!!! Now that you’ve seen her, I can remove the link… πŸ˜‰

  3. Anthony Bourdain is always the best food critic. Should watch his show. He really goes into the roots of the cooking in traditional ways.

    Of course from a Sibu-ian that probably say there are better places…. But maybe it is the different in tastebuds haha!

    Even the Sungei Besi food? I would say there are better places πŸ˜›

    The laksa is in Kuching and the people there are always in disagreement as to which one’s better. To me, the good ones are all good…not much difference but I guess as with everything else, you can get it everywhere and some are not really nice at all. As I said, to each his own…

  4. Hehe, lists are always meant to be as a guide only. As the saying goes, one man’s meat is another’s poison (or something to that effect). But it feels nice though to have Penang get ranked. πŸ™‚

    Hahahaha!!! True-blue Penang son. πŸ˜‰

  5. Happy that our Asam Laksa is in the list and it is rated number 7 woo… yet!
    Agree with u that it is depend on individual’s preference.

    as for me, i do not really enjoy eating Asam Laksa hehehe … i prefer Sarawak Laksa πŸ˜›

    Me too…but I don’t mind assam laksa once in a while for a change. Must have a liking for strong exotic tastes to like that.

  6. hahaha, yeah, i heard about asam laksa being the 7th best food in the world.. but then am curious under what criteria are the food being chosen?? like i’ve never heard of the Thai Massaman Curry at all, and it became 1st!! and what about our “national food” nasi lemak?? not in the list at all?? haha.. πŸ˜€

    Neither have I. Masam + assam…is it tom yam, by any chance?

  7. I really don’t care about this survey one lah,,, and i am skeptical about this to say the least,, i really don’t care,, to me it represents nothing, nothing at all……..you know as far as this food ranking is concerned, it will never been universally acceptable one lah…

    I like Laksa anyway…

    Not surprised. All Penang people do… Like Sibu people and their love for kampua…

  8. Don’t like Bourdain’s travel show, prefer Samantha Brown’s….We prefer to venture and find out ourselves when we are in new places, sometimes it is better that way,then expectations won’t be too high and probably be disappointed if they are not met.

    There’s Samantha Brown, Malaysia coming soon… I don’t watch these shows anymore…now that my mum doesn’t want to sit up for 10 o’clock tea to eat and drink and watch tv and chat. We used to do that when the old maid was around but she has left…and my mum hardly wants to speak anymore. 😦

    1. Sorry to hear that…..maybe if the Golden girls drop into town more often may cheer your mum up or getting people she enjoy being around to drop by more often….hope all will get brighter .

      More or less the same…never mind who drops by. Ah Ben dropped by that morning – refused to say a word but as he was leaving, she said, “Come again when you are free!” Loud and clear – just that she just refuses to talk…most, if not all of the time. Sigh!!!

  9. Ya..each person taste is different. What suits me might not suit others. Ya it’s all media punya pasal.

    Up to us to try…and make up our minds what’s nice…and tell our friends. Can’t depend on this media hype…

    1. Cannot depend on media lo… some bias… and up to individual taste ma… what may be rite for u, may not be rite for oter ppl ma.

      They get invited to certain places – there may be others but they’re not invited there or nobody takes them there…or those people taking them around don’t know much about food and what’s good and where…and if they’re not paying, their opinion may be biased…plus knowing that these people are coming, they may cook the things really really special for them… Many factors to consider, we just have to take everything with a pinch of salt.

    2. but sometimes agak – agak can see which review are more “real” than others. Like the KY SPeaks punya. I went to some of the roadside plcs that he recommended in his blog and found some it suits my selera.

      I guess so – some have similar taste buds, others may not – so what they say is nice, we may find that it isn’t.

  10. Actually cannot say which is best and which is not.. there are so many eatery places throughout the states… depending on each individual… each state has their own speciality….as long as we like the food, it is what matters… That is why…this is the only reason I don’t want to leave Malaysia…. hahahahah… (just kidding)

    True. Some people tell me to try some thing somewhere…and it’s so good – not necessarily. Even blogs – one or two may say a place is nice…and then you see so many saying that it isn’t great. Just don’t believe everything we read and that includes food reviews in newspapers and magazines and elsewhere.

    1. Just like the place that I went wif my FIL and the outlaws for father’s day…so many ppl say nice lah the food over there, nice deco, but when I go, I feel extremely claustrophobic and I dun exactly enjoy the food there.

      Like Payung here – the food is not bad, depending on what you eat…and a bit pricey but the place is so nice, the people are so nice, not crowded, nice decor and ambiance…you just feel so comfortable hanging around there. I love eating there!

  11. I agree with you… no point arguing over this placing when at the end of the day, it’s all personal opinion. Btw, I know which show you meant with the bubbly lady – Jalan2 C*** M****! πŸ˜›

    Yup! That’s the one… I enjoyed the show and I’ve eaten at a number of places with that plaque that she would hang on the wall at the end of the show – one in Malacca, one in Sibu and one in KK. All ok, not bad…but I would say that there are nicer ones around.

  12. *HORRIFIED* I tink I just fainted after saw ur laksa pic. That’s my fav. Every month have to have at least 3-4 times fix of laksa. Sob sob! You! You are very, very evil! Now you see what you’ve done… >.< Die liao la… looks like have to go cari laksa at bazaar tonite. Ur fault… and tonite if i beli many things to eat, it's gonna be ur fault! So evil!!!

    Eyewwwwwww!!! You like that? I didn’t touch it! Same as Shereen…so put off by the mere sight of it…and that’s supposed to be the best in Penang, so they claim. No, thank you!

  13. Anyway, I’m a Penangite… I love laksa and I say Singapore is just being sulky and a sore loser. >.< Their kiasu-ness got no cure liao. Neway, chilli crab is easy to cook. Even I can cook chilli crab and get praises for it. But not many can cook laksa and make it taste heavenly.

    Yet to eat a truly heavenly one… Maybe the Air Itam one, the one in the pic -best in Penang, they say…is heavenly but one look at it, I did not want to eat it anymore.

  14. Different people have different taste…but to be frank, I don’t like Penang Assam laksa. Sorry to say that and a thousand apologies if I have offended anyone. I will forever love Sarawak laksa. Anytime!!!……….

    I think it’s an acquired taste. I don’t mind eating that but you don’t find me craving for it and going out of my way to eat that. Same thing with Sarawak laksa…but between the two, I would choose our own – anytime!

  15. I totally agree with you – one man’s meat, another man’s poison! Tastes are very subjective anyways.

    Yup… No need to look too far – just between my missus and me, a lot of differences already.

  16. With a bowl look that sinfully good! I would rate it pretty damn high too!!
    Singapore food kinda not live up to its expectation…
    Chili crab tastes like tomato sauce to an Indonesian (not hot at all)
    Chicken rice (like boiled chicken with white rice, what’s so special?! C’mon!)
    So yap, I agree with you!

    I have not been to Singapore for a long time but the last few trips were a disappointment. Gone are the old coffee shops, the roadside stalls, eating along those narrow alleyways… It’s all very pretentious now – that place has lost its soul. My favourite Rendezvous nasi padang at Bras Basah road is now a five-star dining experience – I never bothered going back there anymore…and now they have those very nice and clean air-conditioned food courts that they call “kopitiam”… The pseudo-authentic stuff that they serve may taste quite good…but the spark is gone. It will never be the same again. A fine place to spend your holiday…if you’re not looking for what I had a longtime ago and loved so well.

    But this one in the pic is a bit too slip-shod for me. No need for any fancy presentation…but at least, wipe the sides of the bowl clean before serving. Tsk! Tsk!

  17. Different people has different taste bud. There is a lot of nice Sarawak laksa around Kuching. That place always packed with people, I never understand why, the laksa is so so only to me! :p

    The wooden shack has been there for as long as I can remember. The laksa’s ok…nice…and the kolo mee and the popiah too, not bad. Afternoon, people will crowd there to buy the loti-kiap... πŸ˜€

  18. Assam Laksa…hmmmmm…till now i still cannot “accept” it and the smell will make me headache. LOL! Even the prawn mee here i also don’t like. πŸ˜›

    Ya ya, i read that news, about Singaporean “sour” over our Assam Laksa. hahahahhahaha

    They boil the shell and the head to get the stock…strong prawn smell that may put some people off.

  19. Yes, I fully agree with you, to each his own.
    Agree with SK too, Thai massaman? I’ve never found the name in any eatery in Thailand; it’s always, green, red and yellow.
    Neways, sorta expected the people down south (your northwest) to have complained. It has always been a tussle for “who’s better” which I could never understand except for the fact that it reeks of kiasu-ism! lolz
    +Ant+

    I’ve googled and it looks quite nice – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massaman_curry though it does not look really unique. A curry by any other name would taste as great…

  20. Singapore’s hawker food is pretty watered down compared to Penang. But their fine dining scene is incomparable in the region.

    To get an angmoh chef to rate on spicy food is quite unreliable i think. u put a spoonful of watered down chillies in their bowl of mee and they’ll rate it as “fiery, makes ur tongue numb!” LOL!

    Not really into fine dining – can’t afford…and none that’s really up to that standard here, anyway. Well, Bourdain’s been around and eaten all kinds of things so he should be quite used to it…and as for the poll, nobody knows who actually did the choosing…

  21. ok that was me! haha! it’s a pseudonym i’ve assumed to comment on some *ahem* political sensitive blogs. :p feel free to change my name there! πŸ™‚

    Hah!! I almost delegated that to spam! Ooooo…I don’t want to imagine what you’ve been up to. Naughty! Naughty! Wink! Wink! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  22. I agree with the Penang assam laksa entry, I prefer it to Sarawak laksa and all others despite being a Sarawakian.

    That’s an awesome book! I love his show. Heh.

    Hmm…that entry about the fish head in Sungai Besi…I think it might be at Jalan Chan Sow Lin, what the locals call “tai sam lou” fish head.

    Is it the one in the milky gravy? I don’t think I would enjoy that – give me assam or curry fish head anytime… πŸ™‚ Oh? You’re the exception to the rule…traitor. you! Turning your back on Sarawak laksa. Muahahahahaha!!! πŸ˜€

  23. Ahhh… as long as the food is good, who really cares abt its ranking…

    Yalor…I think so too. πŸ™‚

    1. gua not from penang wor…but gua also support png asam laksa :p. Sore throat and deman on the last trip to Png also die die wanna eat that

      Wah…you’re craving, are you? LOL!!! Or is it a woman thing? Like my missus, cannot eat bamboo shoots – pain everywhere…but still must eat and later, take painkiller. 😦

  24. good morning Arthur… wow it looks so spicy…. with all that chopped chili… i assumed it is a spicy dish

    I guess it is – with all kinds of peculiar flavours – not for the unadventurous.

  25. I absolutely love laksa! And I agree everyone has their own preference.

    Indeed, to each his own… Which one’s the laksa you like- Penang assam or curry laksa…or Sarawak laksa? All different… πŸ˜‰

  26. Ooo…i ve been to the Big Fish Head Place before….but not the Kuching one. Maybe this Oct i got the chance to makan there….lol!

    In Kuching in October? Eat at the right places – not all are nice…

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