Love Asian food? The folks at CNN hear you.
They’ve scoured the Earth from end to end to bring you 50 of what they think are the most enticing foods ever created. Topping the list: Thailand’s homey massaman curry, along with other everlasting Asian classics like sushi and Peking duck, which made it to the top 10.
Chicken Rice – the acclaimed national dish of Singapore – came in 45th place, while the must-try chili crab came in 35th; some love-it-or-hate-it dishes clearly tipped toward the “love” spectrum, with stinky tofu coming in 41st.
Love Western fare? You’ll also find Britain’s fish and chips, Mexican fajitas and more amongst the most loved.
We guess it’s official, then: Check out the world’s 10 best foods in the gallery below, or browse the full list here.
This African spicy stew calls for hot chili, pepper, tomato, and a whole ton of herbs. Oh, and palm butter, the artery-clogging yet delightfully decadent star you’ll almost hate to love.
Where to try it: It’s a pity authentic African cuisine is hard to come by in Singapore – Gabonese purists might slam the Westernized versions, but Dancing Crab does a mildly spicy version of Guamba with fresh seafood.
Doh – would you trust a list of yummy foods if ice cream wasn’t on it? We didn’t think so. Try these specialty ice cream parlours in Singapore you’ll be raving about till the cows come home.
Where to try it: Creamier, in particular, has unique flavours like sea salt gula melaka (palm sugar), Thai milk tea and more. Best served atop their freshly made waffles.
Tom Yum Goong (spicy and sour shrimp soup) would probably also make the list for most popular Thai dish. It’s not surprising, though – the spices infused in the broth, from lemongrass to fish sauce, leave you wanting more and more. And more.
The Penang variation of laksa – a spicy coconut curry noodle soup – features a strong assam (tamarind) taste. Laksa in Singapore, on the other hand, yields its dominant flavour profile from the coconut milk.
Where to try it: Penang culture brings the hawker fare of this Malaysian food capital to Singapore – think assam laksa, Hokkien prawn noodles and more.
It may or may not be sheer coincidence that this nation’s second-largest city is called Hamburg. Whether quick to-go burger joint or fancy schmancy restaurants, Germany’s got a bunch of good buns.
Where to try it: Chow down on Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe‘s jumbo burger, unabashedly satisfying with a juicy parmesan-breaded chicken patty.
This national delicacy of China features delicious strips of crispy duck skin and succulent meat wrapped in thin crepes. Bite into the crackling, crispy skin that gives way to the juicy meat. Salivating yet?
Where to try it: Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant. Its name says it all: Super Peking duck? It’s no understatement.
There’s a whole art behind making sushi – look at the precision and care that Jiro, the greatest sushi master in the world, puts into even each morsel of rice.
Where to try it: Keyaki is a good option that’s in between the high-end Japanese restaurants and the more affordable sushi spots, and they’ve even got private tatami dining rooms.
Not any chocolate, mind you – Mexican chocolate. These are typically made with roasted and ground cocao nibs, as well as spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and sport a creamier finish.
Where to try it: After having your fill of tacos, indulge in El Mero Mero‘s homemade crispy churros with Mexican chocolate dipping sauce.
So the king of curries has also been crowned the king of all foods. If we could lay claim to this sweet-savoury delight as our nation’s dish, we’d be a Land of Smiles, too.
Where to try it: Seeing that this is the world’s best food, perhaps it’s time to try our round-up of best, most affordable Thai restaurants in Singapore, eh?
By Pinky Chng, July 2017
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