“If you tell me it’s kut teh we’ll argue for two hours”: Namewee says Malaysian food is superior to Singapore’s

Malaysian rapper Namewee during a day trip to Singapore in January.  (PHOTO: Instagram/nameweephoto)

Malaysian rapper Namewee during a day trip to Singapore in January. (PHOTO: Instagram/nameweephoto)

The perennial ‘food war’ between Malaysia and Singapore has a ‘winner’ (again), and it was crowned by Malaysian rapper Namewee.

In a YouTube video posted on his channel on July 30, the 40-year-old rapper was asked to rank popular Asian resorts into five categories.

For each category, he was required to give a chosen grade from S, A, B, and C – S being the best and C the worst.

The six locations selected were Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. The five categories were food, travel, traffic, safety, and courtesy.

It’s no surprise that Namewee thinks Malaysian food is better than Singapore’s.

However, before accusing the rapper of being biased, the rankings for both Malaysia and Singapore were the same – both received A’s.

Namewee said, “This is the subject that Malaysians argue the most. Which country does Bak kut teh belong to? Which country does Satay belong to? Who invented haina chicken rice? If Singapore compares itself to Malaysia, they will definitely lose.

“But I feel like they do things for their own pleasure. Their bak kut teh is actually a chili based soup. If you ask if the pepper soup is delicious, I would say so. But if you tell me, kut teh, we’ll argue for almost two hours.”

Yet the ‘food war’ aside, Namewee has credited Singaporeans with what has truly made Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine famous around the world.

“Their promotions are really good. Malaysians can’t. We just argue with people online every day,” he mocked.

Singapore ‘not for travel, but for work and making money’

Singapore may have barely passed Namewee’s ‘food’ category – let’s be real, the S rating is the real ‘Asia A’ – but it definitely failed with a C grade in its ‘sightseeing’ section.

Disappointed looks of Asian parents.

“This place doesn’t actually offer much for tourism,” Namewee said.

“This is a place to work and earn money. If you tell me they work hard to create attractions, I think it’s okay to go once because you can take lots of pictures – especially the Marina Bay Sands hotel or the Merlion.

“You can take your photos in one day. OK, two days; There’s also Universal Studios and a zoo.”

Namewee explained that while you can understand that Singapore’s attractions are rated for being man-made and that it takes a lot of work and effort, she didn’t feel the “holiday vibe” while she was here.

“Singaporean friends, don’t be angry. If it’s really fun [over there]Why did you come to our side to have fun?

Are Singaporeans polite?

Despite having a national movement to be kind(er), Namewee doesn’t seem to quite feel it. He described the natives as meticulous and possibly rigid and inflexible.

“When you talk to them about business or communication, they always say, ‘Can you email me what we just talked about?’ They are less concerned with social relations,” Namewee said, adding that Singaporeans are more law-abiding and practical than Malaysians who believe in Confucianism.

“When you prioritize the law too much, your social relationships will be affected… At least they’re not as violent as people in Hong Kong,” he said.

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