Cast your vote

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 May, 2006, 12:00am

The Singaporean food blogger who goes by the name of Chubby Hubby is taking nominations for the 'first annual Asia-Pacific best restaurants list' - and he'd like your vote. Chubby Hubby - also known as Aun Koh - was one of the 31 panellists in the East Asia region who voted in British-based Restaurant magazine's 2006 list of the world's 50 best restaurants. It was the first time since the list's inception, in 2002, that voters (including this writer) representing all global regions participated.

None of the restaurants on the list were from East Asia, which is not surprising, considering the region

had only 31 voters (out of a total of 560), who were asked to cover a large area: 20 countries and territories including Hong Kong, China, Macau, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Korea (North and South). Each panellist was asked to choose five restaurants, with no more than two picked from the voter's region. There were 20 regions in total. France, Italy, Britain and Ireland, and Spain and Portugal were each considered a region. As Koh points out, a voter in France could pick two from his region (a single country) while the other three votes could be cast for restaurants anywhere else in Europe; we in East Asia had to go outside our region to use our remaining votes.

Koh wants as many people as possible to participate. The voting criteria differ, depending on whether you live in the Asia-Pacific region or not. Voters are asked to give one-line explanations of why they're voting for each restaurant. What's especially interesting is that we're asked to differentiate between our 'favourites' and what we consider 'best' - they're not always the same.

The deadline for voting is June 12. Koh will post the list on the Chubby Hubby blog and he hopes to publish the list as a book.

To see the voting rules and to participate, visit the blog at and click on the 'Asia Pacific Best Restaurants List' logo.