CNN published an article of the World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods a few days ago. That article caused a bit of news in Malaysia because the Assam Laksa landed on spot #7.
And true to form, this sort of things rankled Singapore. Both Malaysia and Singapore had a bit of an exchange over the press on why Singapore’s Chili Crab (ranked #35) and Chicken Rice (#45) is ranked lower than the Assam Laksa (see here).
Frankly, although this is fun to read, I won’t take this list very seriously. While some of the food listed deserves recognition, there are some that is rather dubious. In particular, … ketchup is ranked #39 and popcorn is ranked #50.
So I took a closer look. I broke down the top 50 food into country of origin.
If the above is true, then the United States are truly the culinary destination of the world. So, it does not surprise anyone that this is a list of most delicious food from the American viewpoint. Not that it is any problem.
For me I had never tried the following:
- #1 Massaman Curry, Thailand
- #10 Chicken Muamba, Gabon
- #19 Nam Tok Moo, Thailand
- #20 Arepas, Venezuela
- #24 Champ, Ireland
- #25 Butter Garlic Crab, India
- #29 Ohmi-gyu (wagyu) beef steak, Japan
- #32 Ankimo, Japan
That is 8 dishes out of 50. Not bad. Of these, I would love to try the Indian Butter Garlic Crab. Does anyone know where to eat these in Vancouver?
As for #7 Assam Laksa (Malaysia), the only place I know where you could get it in Vancouver is in Penang Delight. I have not tried it in Penang Delight before and so I don’t know how good they are. Frankly, I think it is an overrated dish as there are definitely more Malaysian dishes that deserves a higher spot.