Google Malaysia has released its annual Year in Search lists, a look back at the past 12 months of collective trending searches, shedding light on the people, topics, and events that captured the nation’s curiosity and interest.
Whipping up sweet treats at home!
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Searches for recipes may have hit an all-time high worldwide in 2020, but as a nation of food lovers, we outdid ourselves as we turned out to the country with the highest search interest for recipes.
...and you guessed right! ‘Dalgona Coffee’ came up top on the list and also became a social phenomenon.
Remember when everyone was posting their attempts on social media? Its popularity encouraged other spin-offs such as ‘Dalgona Milo’, also the second trending recipe.
More time at home increased curiosity to try viral cake recipes, with ‘Biscoff Cheesecake’ and the decadent, triple layered ‘Tornado Cake’ coming in third and fourth on the list. The colourful ‘Marble Jelita Cake’ followed close in fifth place.
Pastries, desserts, and local light snacks defined the remaining top trending recipes - ‘Youtiao’, ‘Kuih Cek Mek Moleh’, ‘Apam Balik’, ‘Taufufa’, and ‘Burnt Cheesecake’.
Cashing in on all the financial help we can get
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Another category that stood out this year were searches for government financial aid and assistance schemes as industries, businesses and families tried to stay buoyant.
Unsurprisingly, ‘Bantuan Prihatin Nasional’ under the PRIHATIN economic stimulus package emerged top on the list in this category.
Being prepared in the face of COVID-19
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The different search terms provided a snapshot of how Malaysians were responding to the pandemic - these widely represented search terms suggest we remain vigilant, have been clued into developments, and are conscious about wanting to stop its spread.
And while we are at it, Malaysians are deeply thankful to the frontliners who work tirelessly around the clock to help all of us battle the virus head-on!
‘Coronavirus’, ‘Thank you coronavirus helpers’ and ‘Coronavirus tips’ were the top trending terms in this category!
What are your top searches on Google this year?
By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat