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The World’s 50 Best Foods… Thai massaman curry tops the list



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The humble Thai massaman curry has topped a list of the World’s 50 Best Foods, compiled by the CNN Travel team. Thailand’s smooth coconut milk and potato-based curry (add meat, tofu or vegetables of your choice) comes in at Number 1, with 2 other popular Thai dishes also making it into the World’s Best food list.

The hot and spicy shrimp/prawn soup, Tom Yum Goong, comes in at Number 8, with papaya salad, aka somtam, in 46th place (mai phet please!) Tell us your favourite Thai dish, and why, in the comments section (below).

CNN Travel says its staff conducted extensive research on global cuisine to find the 50 best dishes ever created. Nice work if you can get it…

Italian pizza, Mexican chocolate, Japanese sushi, Chinese Peking duck, Penang Assam laksa, Malaysia and German Hamburger also top the delicious list.

Here’s what the writers had to say about the 3 Thai dishes that made the top taste grade…

First Place, Massaman curryEmphatically the king of curries, and perhaps the king of all foods. Spicy, coconutty, sweet and savoury. Even the packet sauce you buy from the supermarket can make the most delinquent of cooks look like a Michelin potential. Thankfully, someone invented rice, with which diners can mop up the last drizzles of curry sauce. “The Land of Smiles” isn’t just a marketing catch-line. It’s a result of being born in a land where the world’s most delicious food is sold on nearly every street corner.

Eighth Place, Tom Yum Kung

This best food Thai masterpiece teems with shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves. Usually loaded with coconut milk and cream, the hearty soup unifies a host of favourite Thai tastes: sour, salty, spicy and sweet. Best of all is the price: cheap.

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PHOTO: Richard Lee on Flickr  

46th Place, Som Tam/Papaya salad

To prepare Thailand’s most famous salad, pound garlic and chilies with a mortar and pestle. Toss in tamarind juice, fish sauce, peanuts, dried shrimp, tomatoes, lime juice, sugar cane paste, string beans and a handful of grated green papaya. Grab a side of sticky rice. Variations include those made with crab (som tam pu) and fermented fish sauce (som tam pla ra), but none matches the flavour and simple beauty of the original.

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SOURCE: Thai Residents | CNN Travel


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  1. Toby Andrews

    Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:16 am

    I prefer Indian chicken korma, however that is not my favourite food.
    Indian spicy food beats Thai most of the time. IMHO
    My favourite food is Greek Kleftiko, roast potatoes, with a side of hummus, olives, and feta cheese.

    • Jack

      Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 7:02 am

      Love the Greek part of your menu

  2. Nikki Balzan

    Friday, October 23, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Knaw Soi and Larb gai… nothing better!

  3. Ted Dunn

    Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10:32 am

    One of my favourites is Tom Ka Gai – rich coconut milk soup with galanga and chicken.

  4. Steinar S C Samuelsen

    Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Massaman curry

    Tom Yum Kung

    3.Som Tam

    Phad Thai

  5. Vandk

    Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 9:54 am

    I prefer SWEET AND SOUR

  6. Suua

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7:48 am

    I was under the impression that ‘Massaman’ was in fact a ‘Malaysian’ dish??

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