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Top 10 Best Foods In The World

18 March 2012 4 Comments

At the end of last year, we asked readers which dishes they thought deserved to be on the list of top 10 best foods in the world. After tallying up the votes, we are now ready to announce Travcult’s very own list of top 10 best foods in the world. To those who have contributed their votes, we sincerely thank you for your participation. We hope that you will enjoy the finalized list as much as we do.

So without further ado, we present to you the finalists (rank is indicated in brackets):

(10) Ayam Penyet
The name literally means ‘smashed chicken’, and a very  apt description of the dish; a plate of fried chicken – smashed to loosen the meat from bones – served with a generous helping of sambal chilli paste. One of the more popular contemporary Indonesian dishes, Ayam Penyet is also popular in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia.

Ayam Penyet

(9) Peking Duck
Hundred of years of tradition helped this Beijing specialty secure the 9th position on our list. Although the Peking Duck is not as famed as other Chinese dishes, many who have tried it say that the taste is unforgettable. To find out which world leaders gave the duck a thumbs up, read our review on Quanjude, one of the definitive brand names for Peking duck.

Peking duck set

(8) Mi Pangsit
Introduced by Chinese migrants, this humble dish of noodle, pangsit (a localized version of the Chinese wanton), vegetables and fried shallots is a staple street fare across the Indonesian archipelago. The best Mi Pangsit can be found not in restaurants, but sold in street side stalls or in traditional markets.

(7) Korean BBQ
Grilled meats served with a selection of sauces and fresh vegetables. Since it is common for guests to cook the meats themselves, Korean BBQ can be a fun group activity, not to mention when watching fellow non-Koreans struggling to keep their lettuce wraps from falling apart.

Korean BBQ table with banchan

(6) Chicken Satay
Tender chicken chunks skewered and grilled over a charcoal fire, served with savory peanut sauce. Of the different variations available, Indonesians will insist that their version is the best, while Malaysians and Singaporeans will likely argue that it should be theirs instead.

nasi goreng

Chicken Satay served along Nasi Goreng

(5) Pizza
One of the most widespread European dishes in the world, it is not surprising that the ubiquitous pizza made it to our top 10 list. Although countless variations of the dish exists today, all owe their beginnings to the Italian original.


(4) Hainanese Chicken Rice
Tender chicken slices served on fragrant rice, accompanied by cucumbers and garlic chilli sauce. Despite the name, this dish did not originate from Hainan Island in China. This Singaporean invention has since gained relative prominence in the world food scene.

(3) Char Siew
Barbequed pork marinated with sweet sauce, which gives it a bright red finish. Usually served with other roasted meats (duck, chicken, goose) and great with rice.

(2) Sushi
A Japanese dish combining vinegared rice and other ingredients, such as nori (dried seaweed), seafood, and wasabi paste. Need we describe more?


(1) Dim Sum
Little introduction is necessary for this year’s top dish. Dim Sum is already one of the most widely available Chinese dishes in the world, appearing not only in restaurants, but also in the frozen food sections of large grocery stores. For our review of Yum Cha, a popular Dim Sum restaurant in Singapore, click here.

dim sum

N.B: If this list sounds a little too ‘Asian’, it might just be the case. Overwhelming proportion of our readers come from Asian background, which definitely have profound effects on the votes.

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  • brittany said:

    i think pickles are the best food in the world

  • Chintya said:

    Thank you for the food guys I like it this place is so nice so…. Nice…..:)

  • jose said:

    some interesting cuisine there…

  • sudharsa said:

    this is not of the world. almost all this dishes are chinese.No indian

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