The World's 50 Best Foods & Where to Get Them

pizzaA few weeks ago, CNN published a list of the world's 50 most delicious foods. It's a mouthwatering experience to read through the list, dreamily planning trips to China for Peking duck, to Canada for poutine, and to England for fish 'n' chips. The authors of the list didn't discriminate between preparations or restaurants for the top 50 foods, which is a nice change. The food itself is the star, not its chef. (So "lobster" is on the list, as opposed to something like "Bobby Flay's southwestern lobster bisque.")

Half the fun of reading about the world's greatest foods is realizing what was not considered among the best. Like how could they leave McDonald's breakfast off the list? And where's turkey stuffing covered in gravy?

Take a look at the world's 50 most delicious foods and see for yourself:

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  1. Massaman Curry, Thailand
  2. Neapolitan Pizza, Italy
  3. Chocolate, Mexico
  4. Sushi, Japan
  5. Peking Duck, China
  6. Hamburger, Germany
  7. Penang Assam Iaksa, Malaysia
  8. Tom Yum Goong, Thailand
  9. Ice Cream, USA
  10. Chicken Muamba, Gabon
  11. Rendang, Indonesia
  12. Shepherd's Pie, Britain
  13. Corn on the Cob, Global
  14. Donuts, USA
  15. Kalua Pig, USA (Hawaii)
  16. Egg Tart, Hong Kong
  17. Lobster, Global
  18. Kebab, Iran
  19. Nam Tok Moo, Thailand
  20. Arepas, Venezuela
  21. Croissant, France
  22. Brownie and Vanilla Ice Cream, Global
  23. Lasagna, Italy
  24. Champ, Ireland
  25. Butter Garlic Crab, India
  26. Fajtas, Mexico
  27. Montreal-style Smoked Meat, Canada
  28. Pho, Vietnam
  29. Ohmi-gyu Beef Steak, Japan
  30. Summer Rolls, Vietnam
  31. Parma Ham, Italy
  32. Ankimo, Japan
  33. Fish 'n' Chips, Britain
  34. Maple Syrup, Canada
  35. Chili Crab, Singapore
  36. Texan Barbecue Pork, USA
  37. Chicken Parm, Australia
  38. French Toast, Hong Kong
  39. Ketchup, USA
  40. Marzipan, Germany
  41. Stinky Tofu, Southeast Asia
  42. Buttered Toast With Marmite, Britain
  43. Tacos, Mexico
  44. Poutine, Canada
  45. Chicken Rice, Singapore
  46. Som Tam, Thailand
  47. Seafood Paella, Spain
  48. Potato Chips, USA
  49. Masala Dosa, India
  50. Buttered Popcorn, USA

Bet you really want a snack now, don't cha? CNN's list has great descriptions of each food that make a round the world plane ticket seem totally worth it. Besides McD's breakfast menu and stuffing from Thanksgiving, I really think it's a surprise that fried chicken isn't on the list. Everyone loves fried chicken! Another list absentee is Greek yogurt. Oh, and coconut cake.

Sixteen of the 50 dishes are Asian-inspired, and seven are American. This weekend I'm definitely going to make the ultimate American meal: Texas BBQ with kalua pig smothered in ketchup with a side of potato chips and buttered popcorn, with donuts and ice cream for dessert. I feel really good about that.

What do you think is missing from the list?


Photo via roland/Flickr

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