Filipino spaghetti, hotsilog, kinalas, balut in Taste Atlas list of 'worst rated foods in the world' 

Four classic Filipino foods were included in the 2023 "100 Worst Rated Foods in the World" list by popular online food guide Taste Atlas.

According to the list published on Taste Atlas' Facebook page, kinalas, a noodle soup dish that originated from the Bicol region, was at the 17th spot with a 2.4 ranking.

Meanwhile, the famous breakfast meal hotsilog ranked number 36 with a 2.6 ranking.

(Taste Atlas Facebook Page / MANILA BULLETIN)

Taste Atlas notes kinalas as served in a "shrimpy, garlicky brown gravy consisting of dried shrimps, vinegar, garlic, shallots, soy sauce, and fish sauce."

"The dish is always served hot, and its name is derived after the Bicolano word kalas, meaning to remove the meat from the bones," it said.

Hotsilog is characterized by the Filipino-style hot dog that are "red and juicy, usually cut on the sides," paired with garlic fried rice, and fried eggs.

Balut (upper left), Filipino Spaghetti (upper right), hotsilog (lower left), kinalas (lower right) were listed among the 2023 Worst Rated Foods in the World by Taste Atlas (Taste Atlas website / MANILA BULLETIN)

Two more Filipino foods can be seen in Taste Atlas' list on their website -- balut, the uniquely Filipino delicacy, taking the 9th place, and Filipino spaghetti at the 81st spot.

Taste Atlas described balut as a "popular, although unusual Filipino delicacy, served everywhere from street stalls to upscale restaurants."

"It is considered an aphrodisiac that is commonly paired with a cold beer on the side. The dish can be seasoned with chili, garlic, vinegar, salt, lemon juice, ground pepper, and mint leaves," it added.

Taste Atlas highlighted the Filipino spaghetti's sweet spin on the classic spaghetti dishes.

"Today, the inexpensive meal is known as the one that unites families, and is consumed by both poor and rich people," read the website.

Concerning their methodology to determine the results of their list, Taste Atlas has previously said that it simply counts the average votes of the ratings that people input for each food in their database.

"We are a site dedicated to local dishes and have a database of 15,00+ dishes and ingredients. Throughout the year, people rate those foods (no cuisines) in our database...At the end of the year, we take the average of the best-rated dishes in each kitchen," Taste Atlas said in a series of tweets on Dec. 24, 2022.

"Some votes are recognized by our system as invalid (eg nationalist votes: people from one country give high marks to their dishes and low marks to their neighbors. We don't count such votes)," it added.