What does a Foodie mean? There are a lot of perspectives to what it entails but generally means a person who loves food.
Personally, my take on the word is a person that not only loves food but understands the world of food and its ingredients from source to table plus the understanding of techniques and innovation involved in preparing, cooking and plating. All in all, it just should not be the person who just loves to eat and finding the best places to eat.
In my opinion, a foodie never uses the word ‘Best’ in their description of food, only the preferences and different nuances of them. I skip reviews or comments that mentions the word as ‘Best’ is only the best to an individual and not across the board. The other word I avoid is ‘Must Try’. Take Hokkien Mee for example, there are some who prefer it dry and there are those who prefer it wet. Note that in Malaysia, ordering a plate of Hokkien Mee known as Fujian Mian will yield you a plate of noodles that is different from the Singapore version. Nothing wrong there. Same for those who prefer their Prawn Noodles dry and those who prefer it in soup. And the different styles of Ba Chor Mee (BCM or Minced Meat Noodles) which comes in the rare soup version and the Teochew version that has braised Mushrooms.
The most delicious food are not limited to restaurants and to the mind but is vast from street food to the most prestigious restaurants. If it is not Michelin, does it mean it is not good? Of course not, since Michelin’s guide still relies on their food reviewer’s taste which may or may not be the same type of taste palette as yours. On the contrary, if it is listed in the guide, does it mean it is good? Not necessarily too, it is all down to personal preferences.
Am I a foodie then? Maybe to a certain extent. I like my food and feel happy when I get a nice meal that hits my senses. I cook up a meal whenever I feel inspired too (See attached photo of Briyani I cooked). So are you a foodie?