These are the best Southeast Asian dishes, according to our regional #MTVEMA nominees

30 October 2018

The 2018 MTV EMA is less than a week away, and there will be seven acts vying for the Best Southeast Asia Act, and these talents were born and bred in their respective countries, from Thailand to Singapore.

A definitive trait of a Southeast Asian country is its rich and gratifying local cuisine, and we thought we'd get these acts to talk about their favourite local dishes. Watch them talk about their food below, and don't forget to vote for your favourite here!


Afgan (Indonesia)

The Indonesian crooner sure eats heartily — bringing out plates of rendang, ayam pop and dendeng balado as examples of Indonesian cuisine he adores. At least two of those dishes are rich in spice, so now we know how well Afgan can take his chili.

IV Of Spades (Philippines)


The Filipino indie pop trio definitely differ in tastebuds — guitarist Blaster Silonga loves bagnet, a deep fried crispy pork belly dish, while drummer Badjao prefers to immerse himself with a bowl of kare-kare. Frontman/bassist Zild travels along a different path in the gastronomy line, being a fan of isaw (chicken intestines on a stick). 

Joe Flizzow (Malaysia)

In this clip, Joe Flizzow runs through a day in the life of the rapper, who counts Banana leaf rice as a favourite, and, judging by the incredible range of dishes, having it for lunch guarantees a food coma.

Slot Machine (Thailand)

The Thai rock trio pick a classic dish that's adored not just in Thailand, but throughout the region — krapao moo sap, or minced pork with thai basil. A big plate of that looks delectable, and unmistakeably Thai.

The Sam Willows (Singapore)

A modern favourite in Singapore, you can find salted egg chicken at your local cai png store during your lunchbreak, or a lavish zi char restaurant at night — so it's not surprising that this has found itself a favourite of the pop quartet.


Vote for your fav artist at vote.mtvema.com and tune in to catch the event live on November 5th, from 3am (SG/MY/PH). Same-day encore begins from 7pm.

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