Southeast Asia Dishes Feature Heavily In World’s 50 Best Foods

Beef Pho credit DeaShoot on flickr

The quality and variety of food throughout Southeast Asia is again underlined in CNN Travel’s list of the World’s Best 50 Foods with 11 entries including the number 1.

We love Southeast Asian food and have included some of our favourite recipes on Flyingdog Travel.

The full list of CNN Travel’s World’s Best 50 Foods is available here.

46 – Som Tam, Thailand

Thailand’s most famous salad is made by pounding garlic and chilies with a mortar and pestle. Add tamarind juice, fish sauce, peanuts, dried shrimp, tomatoes, lime juice, sugar cane paste, string beans and a handful of grated green papaya. Serve with sticky rice.

Som Tam, neajjean on flickr

45 – Chicken Rice, Singapore

For many the “national dish” of Singapore, steamed or boiled chicken served with fragrant oily rice, with sliced cucumber. Can also be made with roasted chicken or soy sauce chicken. The dish in enhanced by the accompanying dipping sauces — premium dark soy sauce, chili with garlic and pounded ginger.

41 – Stinky Tofu, Southeast Asia

Aptly named as it truly does smell, and not in a pleasant way. The fermenting tofu gives the awful smell but also the exceptional taste.

35 – Chilli Crab, Singapore

The seemingly simplicity of the dish, well cooked crab with a tasty chilli sauce doesn’t hide just how good it tastes. Mop up the sauce with mini mantou buns.

chilli Crab, Mervin Chiang on flickr

30 – Goi Cuon, Vietnam

This snack is made from pork, shrimp, herbs, rice vermicelli wrapped in rice paper and served at room temperature. Dip in the slightly sweet Vietnamese, peanut sauce for full effect.

28 – Pho, Vietnam

Pho is an incredibly popular dish throughout Vietnam and is often eaten at all times of the day. It is generally considered to be Vietnam’s national dish and can be found in restaurants and as a street food. Pho consists of a broth, rice noodles, herbs and spices and meat although of course it can be made as a vegetarian dish ideally with a more substantial key ingredient. We have a gorgeous Beef Pho recipe for you to try.

27 – Lechon, Philippines

Whole baby pig, slow-roasted over charcoal for several hours results in delicious crispy skin and tender meat.

Lechon, Zo Nic on flickr

11 – Rendang, Indonesia

Rendang was originally an Indonesian dish but has also now become popular within Malaysia with its own regional variations. A good Rendang is a thick curry that should coat the meat and not be a liquid sauce. The beef is slowly simmered with coconut milk and a mixture of lemongrass, galangal, garlic, turmeric, ginger and chilies, then left to stew for a few hours. Try our Chicken Rendang recipe or replace with Beef to recreate this winning dish.

8 – Tom Yum Goong, Thailand

One of the standout features of Thai food is the incredible balance of sour, salty, sweet and spicy flavours. This Thai dish demonstrates all of the above with its mix of shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk.

7 – Penang Assam Laksa, Malaysia

This spicy, sour dish is one of the most popular dishes in Malaysia featuring mackerel, tamarind, chili, mint, lemongrass, onion and pineapple.

Assam Laksa, Yidian Cheow on flickr

1 – Massaman Curry, Thailand

At number 1 is one of my personal favourites, a staple in many Thai restaurants around the world and a taste sensation. The balance of flavours make the curry sauce something you will come back for. A must try wherever you are in the world but if you get the chance, try an authentic massaman in Thailand.

Massaman Curry, Vee Satayamas on flickr

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