Malaysia and Singapore seems to always be at odds with every matter especially when it comes to food. Recently, another controversy arises when the former Canadian environment minister Catherine McKenna applauded Singapore’s nasi lemak when she attended the 2023 Ecosperity Week.
On June 6, McKenna shared a picture of a nasi lemak dish on twitter, and called it “the tastiest breakfast in Singapore.”
McKenna’s tweet was perfectly fine as flavor preferences are personal, and she was merely appreciating the cuisine of her host country.
Nonetheless, several Malaysians encountered her post and felt compelled to assert the superiority of Malaysia’s nasi lemak.
Twitter user @AbdFauzi reply to Mckenna’s tweet by saying “This is how real nasi lemak looks like. In Malaysia.” McKenna later reply by saying “Looks delicious!!! I’ll need to go to KL to get some nasi lemak. What’s the best place?”
Twitter user @AbdFauzi later reply by recommending a few places.
Another user @ZackAvaricious reply by posting a picture of a what a “proper” nasi lemak meal should look like.
Some netizens reply to McKenna’s tweet by recommending other Singaporean dishes to her. Twitter user @Dam_in_Ott reply to Catherine’ tweet by recommending the best lunch which is a hawker stall called Ah Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon.
Another Twitter user @aiden_crayden recommended Catherine to try out Singapore chicken rice instead.
After realizing her tweet has gone viral, she stated that the nasi lemak argument was, without question, the best on Twitter. Additionally, McKenna made an effort to translate her tweet into Bahasa Malaysia, humorously employing “turun tangan” as the literal translation of the phrase “hands down”.
Nasi lemak debate is the best of Twitter. Hands down.— Catherine McKenna (@cathmckenna) June 10, 2023
Debat nasi lemak adalah yang terbaik di Twitter. Turun tangan.
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