Plus two other local favourites that have made it on to the list.
By Aiden Jewelle Gonzales
For those of us who live here, it’s no secret that Thai cuisine is among the best in the world (and if you’re like me, you’ll fight, or at least vociferously argue, against anyone who says otherwise). Nevertheless, it’s always a plus when the rest of the world acknowledges it.
CNN Travel published its ‘World’s 50 Best Foods’ in 2011 and 2017, based on an opinion-based survey of 35,000 people from around the world, and this year, they’ve released a new list with massaman curry (one of my personal favourites) scooping the top spot. Having topped the list previously in 2011 (and been temporarily dethroned by Indonesia’s rending in 2017), the curry was fittingly described by CNN Travel as “Emphatically the king of curries, and perhaps the king of all foods.” Also on the list are the world-renowned tom yam goong in eighth place (described as “unif[ying] a host of favourite Thai tastes: sour, salty, spicy and sweet”) and and som tam in 46th place for those of us who love that uniquely Thai zaap flavour.
CNN Travel went on to credit Thailand as “a land where the world’s most delicious food is sold on nearly every street corner,” and, frankly, we couldn’t agree more.
Read the full list here.