Netflix has ruffled feathers in Malaysia with its new culinary documentary series Street Food Asia, which features the various street food in Asia. Malaysians, who pride themselves on the plethora of culinary dishes the country has to offer, were upset when Malaysia was left out from the list of countries featured in the documentary series.
The list of countries in Street Food Asia are Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, India and South Korea. Some Malaysians took to Twitter to voice their displeasure, with some commenting that nearly every other Southeast Asian country is featured in the series except for Malaysia.
Meanwhile, one netizen questioned if the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture was doing its job since most Southeast Asian countries were selected for the documentary series.
Almost every other nation in South East Asia is in there but not this country called Malaysia where street food is more ubiquitous and authentic.
Ever heard of that? It’s sandwiched between Thailand and Singapore with Indonesia on the sides. pic.twitter.com/ka1qIJLpED
— Azfar (@azfrrr) April 11, 2019
Well, maybe they only wanted authentic food. Hey @NetflixFood , if you're looking for original fusion food, there is a country called Malaysia.
— Nim Rahman-Velarde (@iknowwhatyou6i6) April 11, 2019
@MKetapi what has the tourism ministry been doing when almost every country in SEA has been chosen except ours?
— Paul Ooi (@psunster) April 11, 2019
Where is Malaysia? Did they not sponsor you guys or something haha pic.twitter.com/BELCtXPACU
— seaninasia (@seaninasia) April 12, 2019
Netflix's Street Food Asia also highlighted the friendly rivalry between Malaysia and Singapore, especially in the area of food when both parties have been staking claims of being the originator for certain dishes. Netizens mocked the fact that the producers of Netflix's Street Food Asia perceive Singapore to have a wider variety of food compared to Malaysia.
Whoa since when Singapore got more variety food than Malaysia? Lmao pic.twitter.com/yb2EBDipSo
— シード アズリー (@syed_azlee) April 11, 2019
yup, cuz Singapore got STREET food !! maybe can call it as FOOD COURT food instead. Come on la. end up, all the food u are making is Malaysian ones
— amanda (@amanda_daeny) April 11, 2019
Does Singapore even have a street to sell street food? ??
— Shashi (@ShashiNair84) April 11, 2019
A+M has reached out to Netflix for comment.
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