Chinese tourists in hot water for criticizing Malaysian food

By Hoang Phong   February 6, 2024 | 05:00 am PT
Chinese tourists in hot water for criticizing Malaysian food
Nasi lemak is a popular dish in Malaysia. Photo by Shutterstock
Videos of two Chinese tourists defaming Malaysian food have circulated widely on social media, sparking online outrage.

In the footage shared on Chinese social media platform Douyin, a Chinese man was seen advising fellow Chinese tourists to bring instant noodles when visiting Malaysia, criticizing the local food for lacking taste.

"Not only is the food in the restaurants here not delicious, but even the instant noodles are not tasty. You might have to bring instant noodles from home that suit your taste," the tourist said.

Another video showed another Chinese tourist trying roadside noodles in Malaysia, describing them as "not very good." He then goes on to suggest his fellow tourists bring their own instant noodles and pickled vegetables.

The tourists even joked that traveling in Malaysia is an effective way to lose weight.

The video’s translation has stirred outrage among Malaysia netizens who condemned the tourists’ behavior as "inappropriate and disrespectful" towards the country’s culture and cuisine, Malaysia’s The Sun news site reported.

A netizen urged them to visit reputable restaurants before making unfair judgements.

Another also suggested the tourists take some time to explore and discover hidden gems in Malaysia.

Malaysia this year aims to attract 5 million Chinese tourists, three times higher than last year's figure.

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