Non Foodie Days

Are They Liars? Or Plainly Have No Taste?

By Denise Chua | September 8, 2017


Have you ever wondered why other people rave about an eatery, whose food you find are absolutely apalling? Are they perhaps food bloggers who are lying for advertising fees? Oh, I know! Maybe they have problems with their taste buds?

Chances are neither is true.

Since I started blogging and began dining with many people other than my close friends and family (who obviously have similar tastes to mine), I am reminded that my (family's) taste is not universal.

As the saying goes, one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Taste is subjective. Just as beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, taste too, lies on the tongue of the beholder. There is probably no good or lousy food, only food that suits your taste versus food that don’t. So those people are neither lying nor having faulty taste buds, they just have different preferences from you.

Another reason why others would love an eatery that you dislike might be this- you didn’t order the same dishes as them.

Recently, my family and I visited a Penang eatery for the first time. We ordered a fruit rojak to share, which we all love. For my Main, I had the Fried Penang Kway Teow, which was equally delicious. In fact, all my family members agreed that the kway teow was delicious (I ate the bulk of it but they all tried it). Unfortunately for my other family members, the Mains they picked were less stellar.

Weeks after this visit, as we were considering dinner options, I proposed to revisit this eatery as I missed the fruit rojak and Penang Kway Teow. My family members opposed. Why? Because while I had a delicious dish (thus remember the eatery fondly), my family members didn't.

See, I recommend this eatery not because I gave false information. It is not because I “have no taste” and not even because I have different taste from my family members. It is simply because we formed our opinions of the same eatery based on different foods.


Non Foodie Days

Are They Liars? Or Plainly Have No Taste?

By Denise Chua | September 8, 2017


Have you ever wondered why other people rave about an eatery, whose food you find are absolutely apalling? Are they perhaps food bloggers who are lying for advertising fees? Oh, I know! Maybe they have problems with their taste buds?

Chances are neither is true.

Since I started blogging and began dining with many people other than my close friends and family (who obviously have similar tastes to mine), I am reminded that my (family's) taste is not universal.

As the saying goes, one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Taste is subjective. Just as beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, taste too, lies on the tongue of the beholder. There is probably no good or lousy food, only food that suits your taste versus food that don’t. So those people are neither lying nor having faulty taste buds, they just have different preferences from you.

Another reason why others would love an eatery that you dislike might be this- you didn’t order the same dishes as them.

Recently, my family and I visited a Penang eatery for the first time. We ordered a fruit rojak to share, which we all love. For my Main, I had the Fried Penang Kway Teow, which was equally delicious. In fact, all my family members agreed that the kway teow was delicious (I ate the bulk of it but they all tried it). Unfortunately for my other family members, the Mains they picked were less stellar.

Weeks after this visit, as we were considering dinner options, I proposed to revisit this eatery as I missed the fruit rojak and Penang Kway Teow. My family members opposed. Why? Because while I had a delicious dish (thus remember the eatery fondly), my family members didn't.

See, I recommend this eatery not because I gave false information. It is not because I “have no taste” and not even because I have different taste from my family members. It is simply because we formed our opinions of the same eatery based on different foods.


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