Netizens React To Viral Photo Of Papadam Sold As “Asian Nachos” For RM27

Um, RM27 for papadams?

Over the years, Asian dishes have gained international recognition and popularity for their flavours and aromas. 

Indian cuisine, especially, has been lauded for its curries, mouth-burning species and complex flavour pairings. Well, Malaysians would know, we have Indian restaurants literally everywhere!

In almost every country today, you can find Indian restaurants just about anywhere… and restaurants abroad quite often add their own spin to the classic Indian dishes in order to make the food more likable by the locals. 

However, this time it didn’t happen abroad, but in a restaurant in Malaysia! 

netizens react to viral photo of papadom sold as “asian nachos” for rm27Photo via Twitter (@NaanSamantha)

A photo went viral on Twitter of some “Asian nachos” which sparked netizens’ interests online. 

The tweet includes a photo of a restaurant menu showing an Indian snack called the papad, or papadam as we call it here in Malaysia, being sold as “Asian nachos.”

The “Asian nachos” are paired with a dipping sauce on the side containing avocado, tamarind salsa and crispy shallots. 

Twitter user, Samatha decided to take a photo of the Asian nachos to share with her followers saying: “A culinary crime has been committed.”

The post quickly went viral on Twitter, with many people surprised by how papadam was described on the menu. "I'm curious if Mexicans or Indians should be more offended," one user commented.

Some digging done by Twitter users found that the restaurant was actually located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

In case you don’t know, a papadam is an Indian deep fried dough of black gram bean flour, either fried or cooked with dry heat, flipped over an open flame until crunchy. You can also use other flours to make papadam like lentils, chickpeas, rice, tapioca, millet or potato! 

And very delicious eaten with nasi kandar!