Nope, it is not Mao's Little Red Book but for enthusiastic foodies or culinary adventurers, this will be THE holy bible on what to eat in Asia.
Sponsored by Miele, the guide is set to be Asia's first truly independent regional restaurant guide when launched in October 2008. Unlike other guides you find on the bookshelves, this guide involves no free meals or advertising from restaurants (something I absolutely believe in!). Instead, it will be based on food lovers votes i.e. people like you and me!
For the 2008/2009 edition, the guide will cover restaurants in 16 Asian countries—Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
So how do you get involved in a part of culinary history??
A shortlist has been drawn from the region’s top food critics and all you need to do, is vote which restaurants you think are the best. And if your favourite restaurant is not on the shortlist, you’ll have the option to nominate and vote for it too. From these results, a list of Asia’s top restaurants will be drawn. The people behind the guide, will rank and profile in detail the top 20 in Asia. The rest will be categorised by country, city and cuisine.
To get your fingers clicking, there's a sweet treat also for your efforts - a chance to win an opportunity to dine at Asia's best restaurants and stay in one of the region's most luxurious hotels. You also get special discounts for the guidebook. So what are you waiting for, just click this link to vote and start creating some history. I have in some small part, got involved in the guide, hence it will be great for your votes to also be counted.
For more details, you can go to the Miele Guide's website, Chubby Hubby's post on this (he and his wife are the people behind it) and their facebook site. If you wish to see what it looks like when you vote, Popagandhi, who did the web development has screenshots also on her blog.