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Professor claims that Filipino cuisine ranks last among Southeast Asian cuisines on Twitter, Filipinos strike out comments and criticized the ranking

  • Tom Pepinsky was fired up after ranking Filipino cuisine at the bottom of the list among Southeast Asian cuisine
  • Pepinsky claimed that his ranking was “objectively correct” as he excluded regional and ethnic sub-cuisines
  • Filipinos strike out comments and criticized the ranking

A professor at Cornell University, named Tom Pepinsky, was fired up after ranking Filipino cuisine at the bottom of the list among Southeast Asian cuisine.

On his Twitter post, Vietnamese was the best cuisine in the region followed by Lao, Singaporean, Malaysian, Thai, Burmese, Indonesian, Cambodian, Timorese, and lastly the “Philippines.”

Pepinsky claimed that his ranking was “objectively correct” as he excluded regional and ethnic sub-cuisines. However, he did not detail and show the criteria he used to score and rank the national cuisines which made Filipinos reacted negatively.

On the professor’s threads, Filipinos struck out comments and criticized the ranking.

But some white netizens agree and supported the questionable rankings and one of them is Jakarta-based activist and writer Kate Walton who directly stated that Filipino food is “the worst in the region.”

https://twitter.com/waltonkate/status/1124859240353419264

Walton had a separate thread in a group called Jakarta Feminist where she claimed that Filipino food is “bland.”

https://twitter.com/waltonkate/status/1125056476437835776

Walton also received backlash from Filipinos, like Professor Pepinsky.

https://twitter.com/Kassierola/status/1125062888010334209

In her follow-up tweet, she was forced to apologize by saying her comment was “poorly-phrased” but then she refused to delete her original tweet telling people she was already apologizing, as she said “there’s not much else I can do.”

After all these comments, a Filipino netizen named Melisandre De Rossi stood up and pointed out the historical fact that Westerners literally pillaged the Philippines for spices.


Written by Rhelyn Harder

An open-minded person who seeks to inspire readers through writing. She believes that having the freedom and courage to express oneself is an opportunity to influence others.

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