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Old 24-07-2011, 03:04 PM
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Sunday July 24, 2011

CNN survey: Assam laksa is worth going the extra mile for

PETALING JAYA: Penang's famed assam laksa is one of the dishes worth traversing the world for, according to a CNN International food survey.

Under its CNNGo guide to lifestyle, shopping, hotels and restaurants, Malaysia's popular dish is also seventh among the world's 50 most delicious food.

CNNGo describes the dish as “poached, flaked mackerel, tamarind, chili, mint, lemongrass, onion, pineapple an addictive spicy-sour fish broth with noodles.”

It added that the Penang assam laksa was especially great when fused with ginger “that'll have your nose running before the spoon even hits your lips.”

Unfortunately, however, the dish is the only one from Malaysia that is listed among the great foods of the world although the country is known as a food heaven.

Thailand, which tops the bill with its massaman curry a spicy, coconut-flavoured, sweet and savoury curry that is described as having “more personality than a Thai election” has also three other favourites in the list: tom yum goong (no , nam tok moo (no 19) and som tam (no 46).

CNNGo said the The Land of Smiles isn't just a marketing catch-line. It's a result of being born in a land where the world's most delicious food is sold on nearly every street corner.

Penang assam laksa, however, outdid other world famous food like Shepherd's pie from Britain, French croissant, pho from Vietnam and Iranian kebab.

Singapore got two placings with its chili crab (no 35) and chicken rice (no 45), although the two dishes are often on Malaysian menus as well.

Other dishes familiar to Malaysians, including Hong Kong's French toast, Italian lasagna and rendang from Indonesia are also on the list.

A bizarre food on the list is stinky tofu, which is placed at no 41, and described as “the most iconic food in South-East Asia, just like durian.”

“The odour of fermenting tofu is so overpowering, many aren't able to shake off the memory for months.

“So is the legendarily divine taste really worth the effort? Sure it is,” added CNNGo.

Commenting on the listing, netizen Hpy_85 said Malaysia's assam laksa was the best food to be tasted while Liewchowhann said: “I think all food are good, listed or not, but to have Penang assam laksa as no 7...wow.”

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Old 26-07-2011, 01:46 PM
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Singapore sour over assam laksa

KUALA LUMPUR: Penang assam laksa's rise to the CNN top 10 ranking of most delicious food in the world has rankled foodies in the neighbouring country down south.

The Straits Times reported that food consultant Violet Oon, 62, expressed surprise that its chilli crab was only ranked 35th instead.

“One reason could be that we don't have many Singapore restaurants abroad, so not many people have tasted it,” said the Singaporean.

Number 7: A vendor in Penang preparing bowls of assam laksa in this file picture.
A CNN International food survey recently said the assam laksa was the seventh out of the its 50 most delicious food in the world.

At number 35 was Singapore's famed chilli crab, while its chicken rice was at 45th spot.

Thailand's massaman curry topped the list and was described as “king of all foods.”

Another commenter on the English daily website, known as Stomper crabby, questioned the ranking.

“My foodie friends disagree with the list, and how can our famous chilli crab only come in at No. 35?” he questioned.

A person who tweeted by the name of Mr Brown has also criticised CNN for badly reviewing Singapore's chilli crab.

“Any site that does a World's 50 most delicious foods & puts Singapore Chili Crab at 35th has no right to review food,” he posted in his twitter account.

However, local chefs tipped their hat proudly to the heritage dish.

Chef Florence Tan who praised the assam laksa's quality and texture, said it was “very good for those who want to lose weight” due to its rich use of fish stock, fish meat and asam gelugor (dried tamarind skin).

However, she said she had never tasted any chicken rice that “blew her hat off” in Singapore.

Celebrity Chef Ismail Ahmad said he was “very, very proud” Malaysian food was recognised and commended Thailand on taking first place.

“However, I would say chili crabs and chicken rice are 100% Malaysian,” he said, explaining that it was brought over when Malaysia and Singapore split in 1963.

Penang food columnist Helen Ong said its famous char kuey teow was “just as good and unique”.
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Dish brought over by Chinese migrants tastes better in Malaysia, say locals

GEORGE TOWN: Hainanese chicken rice belongs to the Chinese community in Hainan Province in China.

However, locals preparing it say Malaysians do it better and the chicken rice dish does not belong only to Singapore.

Charles Wong, 55, the owner of the Hainanese chicken rice restaurant in Jalan Burmah, said chicken rice has been popular in Penang and Singapore for over 100 years.

“If the CNN people had come to Penang to taste our chicken rice, they might have ranked it even higher,” he said when asked about Singapore's chicken rice making it to 45th spot in a recent CNN food survey.

Former Penang Hainan Association vice-chairman Lim Theng Yit said the dish from the province tasted very different from any other chicken rice.

“No country should fight over where the dish is from because the original Hainanese chicken rice belongs to the Chinese community there,” the 90-year-old said.

He said the chicken rice recipe was brought to Penang by Hainanese migrants around 1870.

“Nowhere else have I had Hainanese chicken rice that tastes the same as the one served in the village I came from.

“The cooking skill and quality of the chicken meat is different here.

Hainanese chicken rice seller Lim Jit Tan, 58, said the local variant also had an additional ingredient that the Singapore chicken rice could not match spicy sauce accompanying the dish.

“My parents were from Hainan Province. The sauce over there uses a lot of ginger rather than chilli,” he said.

In IPOH, one of the owners of a famous chicken rice shop in Jalan Ali Pitchay said many Singaporeans who visited his shop lavished praise on his preparation.

Wong Kok Foo, 47, who runs his father's 50-year-old business with his younger brother Chui Peng, said tourists from Hong Kong, Britain, and the United States as well as people from all over Malaysia visited his shop to try out the chicken rice and gave it the thumbs up.

Wong said he had tasted the chicken rice in Singapore and that it had its own taste.

“Therefore, it is not right to say that the Lion City has the best chicken rice.

“We should leave it to the people to decide,” he said.
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