Lumpiang Shanghai Was Named Best Filipino Dish and Pinoys Aren't Having It

Adobo fans, for one, were not pleased.

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PHOTO BY Screenshot/TasteAtlas Facebook post, Shutterstock ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

(SPOT.ph) We all know how food can be a real personal topic, especially for Filipinos; we hold our cuisine pretty close to our hearts and stomachs. Many were proud to find our own sinigang made it to a list of the World's Best Vegetable Soups by TasteAtlas, an "experiential travel guide" founded by Croatian journalist Matija Babic. Now, they're once again highlighting Pinoy cuisine—but in a way that's more polarizing, to say the least. Yup, TasteAtlas released an infographic on their social media pages titled Filipino Food, Ranked.

Also read: These Are the Best Versions of Sinigang in Manila

Take a look at the Filipino food ranking of TasteAtlas, and what their commenters had to say about it:

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Lumpia scores the highest, as per TasteAtlas' ranking. 
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The top spot in the ranking goes to good ol' lumpiang shanghai at 4.9 stars, followed by sinigang (4.8) and tocino (4.7)—these three dishes are land the "best" tier. Meanwhile, on the "great" tier are sisig (4.4), adobo (4.3), and lechon (4.2). Daing (3.8), pinangat (3.6), and torta (3.6) are ranked as "OK"; and curiously, the "worst" ranking goes to pinipig (3.3), dinuguan (3.3), and balut (2.6).

Their commenters—Filipinos, presumably—were not pleased. Many expressed their disagreement on TasteAtlas' Facebook and Instagram posts: "Sino pipili ng tocino kesa lechon," one asked, and we have to agree. Many clamored for better rankings for some or all of those in the "great" tier—namely sisig, adobo, and lechon:

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As the photo of the sisig in the infographic is the notoriously polarizing modern style with mayonnaise, a couple of people wondered if that contributed to its low ranking.

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Fans of dinuguan also came to the dish's defense:

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There are also those who questioned some of the dishes on the "best" tier.

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Also read: 10 Regional Eats Every Filipino Should Try at Least Once

...Or pointed out the rather odd addition of pinipig to the list. (Note that the immature glutinous rice can be eaten plain as a snack a la popcorn, though this isn't exactly common.)

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And then there are these gems:

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Also read: The A-List: The Best Versions of Adobo You Can Order in Manila

TasteAtlas doesn't disclose the exact ranking process firsthand. They describe themselves as a "world food atlas" that catalogues different dishes from around the world—when you click on a dish, you have the option to rate it from one to five stars. In an interview with Total Croatia News, founder Matija Babic says they "compile reviews from professional food critics and local experts," along with recommendations for where to try those dishes.

See TasteAtlas' Filipino food ranking. You can also check out their website.

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