Best Food in the World

10 favorite food of the world

Massaman curry

Origin: Thailand

Taste: Spicy, coconutty, sweet and savory, its combination of flavors has more personality than a Thai election.

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Neapolitan pizza

Origin: Italy

The best pizza was and still is the simple Neapolitan, an invention now protected by its own trade association that insists on sea salt, high-grade wheat flour, the use of only three types of fresh tomatoes, hand-rolled dough and the strict use of a wood-fired oven, among other quality stipulations.

With just a few ingredients -- dough, tomatoes, olive oil, salt and basil (the marinara pizza does not even contain cheese) -- the Neapolitans created a food that few make properly, but everyone enjoys thoroughly.

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Chocolate

Origin: Mexico

The Mayans drank it, Lasse Hallström made a film about it and the rest of us get over the guilt of eating too much of it by eating more of it. Without this creamy, bitter-sweet confection, Valentine’s Day would be all cards and flowers, Easter would turn back into another dull religious event.

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Sushi

Origin: Japan

When Japan wants to build something right, it builds itreally right. Brand giants such as Toyota, Nintendo, Sony, Nikon and Yamaha may have been created by people fueled by nothing more complicated than raw fish and rice, but it’s how the fish and rice is put together that makes this a global first-date favorite.

The Japanese don’t live practically forever for no reason -- they want to keep eating this stuff.

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Peking duck

Origin: China

The maltose-syrup glaze coating the skin is the secret. Slowly roasted in the oven, the crispy, syrup-coated skin is so good that authentic eateries will serve more skin than meat, and bring it with pancakes, onions and hoisin or sweet bean sauce.

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Hamburger

Origin: Germany

When something tastes so good that people spend US$20 billion each year in a single restaurant chain devoted to it. The bread-meat-salad combination is so good that entire countries have ravaged their eco-systems just to produce more cows.

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Ice cream

Origin: U.S.

You may have just gorged yourself to eruption point, but somehow there’s always room for a tooth-rotting, U.S.-style pile of ice cream with nuts, marshmallows and chocolate sauce.

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Shepherd’s pie

Origin: England

We like to think shepherd’s pie -- minced lamb topped with mashed potato -- comes somewhere in that list.

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Lobster

Origin: Global

The best way to enjoy lobster is simply to boil it and serve with a side of melted butter and slice of lemon.

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Croissant

Origin: France

Flaky pastry smothered in butter, a pile of raspberry jam smeared over the top and a soft, giving bite as you sink in your teeth; there’s nothing not to love about this fatty, sweet breakfast food that must be married to a cup of strong coffee.

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