The world’s best food has been declared, it is massaman curry. It may not be one of the country’s best-known culinary specialities, but the Thai dish has topped the list of the World’s 50 Best Foods drawn up by the US Television network, CNN.
Take some chicken — if not beef (or buff) or mutton — potatoes, onions and a curry paste made with cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, cloves, nutmeg and mace, and you’ve got yourself the makings of massaman curry. This traditional Thai dish, which has Muslim roots, stands in contrast with some of the country’s more famous dishes, like the hot and sour tom yum soup with chilli and lemongrass, not to mention the legendary Pad Thai.
The US TV network CNN has updated its pick of the world’s best foods with a top 50 list of tasty global delights. The selection takes in flavours from around the world — a timely offering when travel is still limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interestingly, France — a country famed for its cuisine — has no entry in the top 10. The country makes its first appearance in the list at number 21, with its traditional croissant. The classic pastry is outstripped by the hamburger, the American donut, the Portuguese pastel de nata and the shish kebab.
Here are the Top 10 of CNN World’s 50 Best Foods list:
1. Massaman curry, Thailand
2. Neapolitan pizza, Italy
3. Chocolate, Mexico
4. Sushi, Japan
5. Peking duck, China
6. Hamburger, Germany
7. Penang Assam laksa, Malaysia
8. Tom yum Goong, Thailand
9. Ice cream, global
10. Chicken Muamba, Gabon
The best massaman curry in Delhi
The best massaman curry in Mumbai
The best massaman curry in Bengaluru
The best massaman curry in Kolkata
All images: Courtesy Getty
This story was published via AFP Relaxnews.