Less than impressed with food writer from The Malaysian Insider on Restoran Sri Karak
When we started food blogging donkey years ago, there were a group of very established food bloggers. Some of them are still around while some left the blogger sphere. As blogs were at the peak, there were many new food bloggers in the scene and many criticised we foodies as not well experienced as well as “don’t know what they are eating and writing”.
The bashing of food bloggers is not a new thing. However, recently we came to a very interesting food story from The Malaysian Insider. The story is about Restoran Sri Karak and their review is at http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/food/article/less-than-impressed-at-restoran-sri-karak
To be fair, let us explain my relationship with the Restoran Sri Karak. We are friends of the owners of them and they are the third generation from Yik Kee Karak and also the same group of restaurants in TTDI (Taman Tun Dr Ismail), Gotong Raya and Karak.
We have tasted their food from time to time. Either it is cooked by the owner or by the chef. We can’t say it is really good but it is not bad at all. However, the review on the Malaysian Insider totally shocked us. Every single dish is condemned with negative reviews, is it really that bad?
According to the owners of Sri Karak, the writer wasn’t happy with the pricing of the “Sang Har Noodle” as the prawn is too expensive for her. We are not sure whether the writer knows that the market price as Greenview is charging RM 200 per kg while Sri Karak is charging RM 130 per kg only.
Furthermore, Tempoyak is a very delicate dish and we don’t dare to judge the taste of such dish as we are not very familiar with it. Again, the writer is confident enough to judge of the taste of this dish.
We spoke to a few established food writers and food bloggers in Malaysia and they were shocked to such review too. They are writers of a few newspapers and also similar websites or portals. They also felt that the review is very bias.
If the writer is unhappiness of the food pricing, we feel that such article is bias and irresponsible. Even, if the writer is unhappy with the food, she can always ask the restaurant for a change rather than posting such a damaging story to the restaurant.
We hope food writers can be more responsible in their writings and please do more research on the market price of the food before start to bash restaurants. Thus, we also hope established portals such as The Malaysian Insider to hire more experienced food writers for non-bias reviews.
You can read her review again at http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/food/article/less-than-impressed-at-restoran-sri-karak and see whether it is fair to write damaging stories like this to Sri Karak. We wonder did the senior editors screen through this story before they published it.
Restoran Sri Karak Address, Contact and Map:
17, Jalan 52/8, Section 52, Petaling Jaya, 46200, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 46200, Malaysia
Tel: +60 3-7958 3240
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RestoranSriKarak