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Old 12-09-2017, 05:02 PM
 
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Maybe Malaysian immigrants don't come here at the same rates as Thai immigrants do? Malaysia has a much higher GDP per capita than Thailand so it makes sense why the Malaysians don't feel the need to immigrate as much as Thai. Therefore a lot less Malaysian restaurants than Thai

Also, while Thai cuisine is world class and is one of the best cuisines in the world, Malaysia is a step behind. Malaysian food is very tasty, but it's not quite at the level of Thailand. Thai cuisine is right up there with Peruvian, Italian, and Turkish as the very best, while Malaysian cuisine is more on level with Korean or Brazilian cuisines
Agree with most of that - not alot of Malaysians or Indos overseas - especially in America.

As far as the very best, I have to beg to differ - I would put Chinese and Indian as #1 and #2
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Old 12-09-2017, 05:47 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Both small countries that don't have large global overseas populations. I will say that in the Netherlands, there is a following for Indonesian food based in part on the fact Indonesia was once a colony and has a significant immigrant population from that part of the world.
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Old 12-11-2017, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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Both small countries that don't have large global overseas populations. I will say that in the Netherlands, there is a following for Indonesian food based in part on the fact Indonesia was once a colony and has a significant immigrant population from that part of the world.
There are many restaurants in Amsterdam that serve Rijstaffel, which is an elaborate meal serving with origins in Indonesia. It's probably more popular in the Netherlands than it is in Indonesia.
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Old 12-16-2017, 04:19 AM
 
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Both small countries that don't have large global overseas populations. I will say that in the Netherlands, there is a following for Indonesian food based in part on the fact Indonesia was once a colony and has a significant immigrant population from that part of the world.
Indonesia has the 4th largest population in the world. It's almost four times as large as Thailand.
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Old 12-16-2017, 08:47 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Indonesia has the 4th largest population in the world. It's almost four times as large as Thailand.
Yea, I was perplexed by the idea of Indonesia being a small country.

Indonesians and Malaysians haven't emigrated in large numbers to the US historically or currently with there being far fewer Indonesians and Malaysian immigrants or descendants of immigrants in the US compared to their Thai counterparts. This is a US-based English language forum hosted on a site that details information about different US cities. The US also used Thailand as a staging area for the Vietnam War and where a lot of servicemen had their R&R which wasn't the case with Malaysia and Indonesia. Additionally, I believe the cohort of Indonesians and Malaysians who come to the US are generally more white collar (hence, less likely to open restaurants) than their Thai counterparts.

If I'm not mistaken, doesn't Australia have a pretty large number of Indonesian restaurants?
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Old 12-16-2017, 02:01 PM
 
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Yes, our favourite restaurant in Sydney is called Java. But lots of Thai restaurants will have a few Malaysian favourites.
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Old 12-18-2017, 09:20 AM
 
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Thai food sold in the US is very similar to Chinese food. In fact many Thai restaurants also sell Chinese dishes, provide chopsticks etc.

For some reason most Chinese restaurants in the US are labeled as "cheap" so people do not go there for a date, for business etc. but sometimes choose Thai restaurant to get the similar taste. Most Americans do not really try the authentic Thai menu.
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Old 12-19-2017, 12:12 AM
 
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Thai food sold in the US is very similar to Chinese food. In fact many Thai restaurants also sell Chinese dishes, provide chopsticks etc.

For some reason most Chinese restaurants in the US are labeled as "cheap" so people do not go there for a date, for business etc. but sometimes choose Thai restaurant to get the similar taste. Most Americans do not really try the authentic Thai menu.
This is usually only outside major cities though. Even mid-sized cities likely have an authentic Thai restaurant and an upscale Chinese place. Chinese buffets may be considered cheap but I think they are becoming less popular.

Even my smallish hometown has a Thai restaurant and several Chinese restaurants.
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Old 11-26-2018, 07:48 PM
 
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it is rather difficult to find Indonesian cuisine abroad and is still less popular compared to Thai / Vie tfood. so normal Indonesian cuisine is unpopular. except netherland ..almost all Indonesian food is available and is a favorite there
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:23 PM
 
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malaysian food is found in the US. its pretty good
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