Top 10 Countries with the Best FoodIf you're a foodie, then you know that travel and food go hand in hand. One of the best ways to experience a country's culture is through its cuisine, and some countries have a reputation for offering some of the best food in the world. From street food to fine dining, these countries are home to some of the most delicious and diverse cuisines on the planet.
You can't go wrong in Italy. Every region has its own wonderful food, and it makes one's mouth water knowing you'll have proper pizza, pasta, and soups. You've got to wonder how the USA ruined their Italian food so badly, making some of the worst pizza (NY slice: floppy and oily. Domino's: a crime against pizza). Luckily, one can visit Italy for authentic cuisine and revitalize their taste buds.
As time goes on, I keep learning about new and unique tasty Italian dishes. The cuisine offers an incredible diversity of very delicious dishes. It ranges from light and fresh to rich and hearty, and everything in between.
I have figured out why Italian food is so good: it is not spicy. What you taste are the fresh ingredients, not an overpowering blend of spices. A few spices only serve to accentuate the food. They do not dominate it. Rather, the food itself speaks to you through its texture, freshness, and quality of ingredients.
It seems that most Italian food not only taps into our basic human cravings but also offers a comforting "lunch at grandma's on a Sunday afternoon" feeling. This enhances and reflects the warmth of the Italian culture.
One of Europe's finest and most renowned cuisines. Everything is worth a try, and the use of every ingredient makes for amazing flavors. It's incredible the amount of butter they use. Yet unlike the USA and the UK, they remain healthy and the food is delicious.
Among the best pastries in the world, France also offers the best sauces, sweets, meats, and fish (from the Atlantic and Mediterranean for the mainland, and many more when including islands).
France also boasts a variety of different regional cuisines. There are diverse flavors coming from other territories, including the Caribbean, Polynesia, French Guiana, and Reunion, among others.
In addition, France offers a great diversity of tastes and flavors in its cuisine. You will also find cuisines from more than 85 other countries, making France the first European country with so many choices. Not to mention, it's the birthplace of modern cuisine, which is now present in countries around the world. The only problem with French food is that it's not as well-known as it should be. People commonly know only about snails, frogs, and mussels, but the French rarely eat these foods and certainly not in the way they are known abroad.
In conclusion, France must be in the top 3.
Mexican food has everything, from very spicy to sour, sweet, all kinds of edible meat, and a variety of seafood. The desserts are also tasty. The food can be enjoyed in a very fancy restaurant or at a food stall on the street, and it tastes just awesome. The ingredients are very common now and can be found anywhere on the planet, and they can still taste just as they do when eaten in Mexico, obviously if well-prepared.
In some countries, you need to explore the streets to truly find the real flavor of the local food. If you eat it outside the country, it's very difficult to capture the same flavor as the original.
Undoubtedly, the best food in the world is Mexican. The only problem is that real, authentic food with real, authentic ingredients can only be found in Mexico. What you get outside the country is a poor rendering of what Mexicans really eat at home: meat, poultry, vegetables, seafood. It's important to remember that Mexico has given the world many ingredients found in other cuisines: tomatoes, chilies (most chilies originally come from Mexico), beans, vanilla, turkey, cucumber, avocado, and more. What would Italian food be without the Mexican tomato? Or Indian cuisine without our chilies?
Chinese food is so diverse, from spicy Sichuan food to rich Cantonese food. Dim sum is great as you share food and can try many different dishes.
Chinese food is a general way to summarize how Chinese people cook and eat. But people in different regions prefer different ways to cook or eat. For instance, people in North China prefer noodles or other wheat-based foods like Peking sauced noodles. They cook food with more salty or spicy sauces. People in Southeast China prefer rice and food paired with non-spicy and sweet dishes like braised pork in brown sauce and sweet-and-sour pork ribs. Meanwhile, people in central and southwest China love spicy cuisine like Sichuan and Hunan cuisines.
Concerning religious taboos, people in West China mostly eat beef, chicken, and lamb rather than pork. A recommended dish is Xinjiang spicy chicken nuggets served with cherry and local sauce.
When it comes to traditional festivals, food is also a way to reflect local culture. A running joke goes that people in North China eat dumplings for all kinds of festivals, while people in the South don't. So when a host in the Spring Gala TV show said, "My fellow countrymen, I assume you are eating the delicious dumplings as a reunion dinner with your family while watching this show..." "Nah, we are not," many people in South China grumbled.
In short, food means so much in China.
Who doesn't like Japanese food? There's something for everyone, and the use of quality, fresh ingredients makes this cuisine desired throughout the world. No matter where you dine in Japan - be it restaurants, cafes, street vendors, izakayas, bus/train stations, food courts, or even airports - the food is always of good quality and delicious.
Japanese food is 100 times better than Mexican food! I am half Japanese, and even the cheapest foods you can get in Japan are better than the "Asian" food they have in America!
If you don't like Japanese food, you have:
1. Never gone to a good Asian restaurant - fake places where they tend to mix Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc., are bad.
2. Never had a Japanese friend from whom you stole snacks because they were AMAZING (and expensive due to shipping rates).
3. Never gone to Japan to try out the food for yourself.
4. All of the above.
Japan is really good at mixing up and creating new foods out of traditional dishes from other countries. For me, Japanese curry is better than traditional Indian curry, and Japanese gyoza and ramen are better than their Chinese counterparts.
Spicy, sweet, tasty, all varieties are available only in India.
Pav Bhaji, Punjabi, Dosa, Pani Puri, Idli, Rasgulla.
The best vegetarian food is available only in India.
Heart-melting, brain-storming, mouth-watering, totally fulfilling, Indian food is the best in the world.
Great meat, veggie, and vegan options are available. The curries taste rich and spicy. The marinated meats are smoky and succulent. Paneer is very soft and complements the curries well. Bhel Puri contains crunchy puffed rice and a sweet tamarind sauce.
Your spices are unique because they taste hot. The mint sauce and tea are cooling, and your naan is better than pita bread.
Thank you very much. Please come again.
The US is so diverse that there isn't really an American cuisine. In New England, there's a lot of seafood and clam chowder. In the Southwest, there's a lot of Mexican-inspired food. In the Southeast, there's a lot of fried stuff.
Nationwide, burgers, hot dogs, and fries are really popular. Also, fried chicken is a Southern food.
Anyone saying that the United States doesn't have unique cultural food of its own is wrong. All culture is derived from a previous culture at some point. Yes, many American foods are inspired by European cuisines, but that doesn't make them any less uniquely American. The United States has a range of uniquely American cuisines, from Mexican-inspired Tex-Mex to many variations of barbecue. Brisket in Texas is phenomenal. We also have Cajun, Creole (love me some crawfish etouffee!), and southern soul foods like shrimp and grits. American ice cream and pizza often differ from how they are made in Italy. The Italian-inspired stromboli was invented in Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Dutch have delicious cuisine inspired by Germany. If you think the United States doesn't have unique cuisines of its own, enjoy being wrong. The United States is more than just fast food, hamburgers, hot dogs, and fries.
Simply one of the best in the world, Thai cuisine makes great use of fresh ingredients and spices, offering something for everyone. However, it's very difficult to find a truly good, authentic Thai restaurant outside the country. Australia does it best with their abundance of fresh ingredients, and sadly, England is the worst due to cold-stored ingredients and the Poms' dislike for any food with flavor.
Thai cuisine in Thailand is by far the best cuisine on Earth, let alone the rest of Asia.
If you're outside of Thailand or Southeast Asia and want to make authentic Thai dishes, you can forget about it. Outside of the region, you simply cannot get the same, correct, fresh ingredients that are essential for making authentic Thai cuisine.
Unfortunately, most people's experience with Thai cooking is at their local, so-called Thai restaurant outside of Thailand. These establishments use substitute ingredients and make other modifications to traditional dishes. This is either because the authentic recipe is impossible to execute in the country they are in or because they're afraid the local culture won't be able to handle the real thing.
Even the street vendor food - specifically, the kind they cook to order, not the pre-cooked kind sitting in vats - is better than anything I've had in all of Europe and Asia. With the exception of the Somboon restaurants, steer clear of the tourist traps with fancy decor and attractively, well-dressed wait staff. The best places are the ones where the locals frequent. These have no decor or well-dressed wait staff, and the prices are incredibly low.
If you want to enjoy the freshest, tastiest, most distinct, interesting, and diverse array of flavors and aromas your senses will ever experience, then please do yourself a favor and visit the Land of Smiles.
Out of the top 10 restaurants in the world, 3 are in Spain. It's the only country with more than one top 10 restaurant! Come on! Also, Spain is full of different tastes - from Andalusia to Barcelona to the Basque Country. Spain has many different faces, all with different cultures and flavors. Tapas, anyone? Spain has some of the most renowned cheeses, wines, fast foods (like tapas), and gourmet cuisine. And it has some of the best people! The flavors range from sweet to sour to spicy, and they're HEALTHY. From many wine connoisseurs, I have heard that Spanish wine is equal, if not better than, many French wines. If any country deserves the number one spot, it is definitely Spain. Better than English food, at least.
I have tasted food worldwide, and that list is completely stupid. Of course, if you like going to McDonald's, it's pretty sure that you would vote for the US. But we are talking about the BEST FOOD, not the most known. Spain is in a Mediterranean country, so it has perfect weather to cultivate fresh vegetables and fruits. It is also a peninsula, so it has some of the best seafood in the world. Modern Spanish cuisine is the best recognized in the world, but the best Spanish dishes are those made in traditional restaurants. Eat one day in the center of Madrid or Barcelona in a traditional restaurant, and let the tastes enter your mouth. It's magical. For me, the best food is Italian, but Spanish is also amazing! I cannot even imagine that it is so far away from the top one. It's a crazy list!
I was stationed there while in the Army. I NEVER had a bad meal in any gasthaus and always started with the goulash soup. These great meals, washed down with a good German beer, are as good as it gets. Forget it if you are a calorie counter. The food tastes great because anything fried is cooked in lard and/or cream. No diet soda, no lite beer, no low-calorie crap. These folks know how to eat! I loved being there and always looked forward to eating in their restaurants. AND if you go there, Augsburg has the best bakery I have ever shopped at. It's located on the Rathaus Plaza. Thanks, Germany, for a lot of great dining experiences!
Germany has a wide variety of food, which is misrepresented globally. Germany is not only home to the widest variety of breads on Earth, but it was also the founder of the pretzel and hamburger. It serves some of the best meats you will find. Most Germans still eat at home, hence the lack of German restaurants and the quality of German produce. Try it out!
Amazing variety and different from one end of the country to the other. Boils down to fresh ingredients and great combination of spices and cooking techniques. Surprisingly better than Japanese food on a whole, and far enough removed from the Chinese influences (unlike its people) to bring its own flavors to the world.
Korea has so many amazing foods. From spicy food to sweet pastries, Korea has it all. The ingredients put together are unlike any other Asian foods I have tried. There are many spicy foods that Korea has, but you can eat it in a more mild way, which tastes exactly as beautiful.
The pastries that they have in Korea are really different. Their combinations are unique. I have also tasted other simpler foods, such as Kimbap, which I highly recommend, along with neng myung, which is cold noodle. Korean food, in the easiest way to express, is wonderful to my taste buds.
One thing that makes me sad is that people insult English food because, after WW2, we had limited things to cook with, and the food was quite bad at that time. However, nowadays, the food is great. Another problem is that foods such as egg tarts are thought of as being Portuguese when, in fact, an English man named Lord Stow created them. A lot of English foods people think were created overseas. A lot of semi-English/Indian food was created with a mix of both, thanks to a British-born Indian woman. Some of those foods you won't even find in India. The list goes on, but I won't.
I am English, and I have traveled to Southeast Asia, India, Spain, Prague, Amsterdam, Bali, Australia, etc., and I can honestly say that the best food is in my home country, Britain. We have so much to offer! We also have a lot of choice and diversity when it comes to food. Not only do we have numerous supermarkets catering for all sorts of needs, but we also have many different restaurants that other countries can't offer. So, I am voting for Britain to be the best food country!
Greek food is not only tasty but also of far better quality than that of any other European country. A few examples:
Bread is not made from frozen dough.
Honey is 100% natural and comes from bees that are never fed sugar during wintertime.
Meat is always fresh and never frozen.
Vegetables and fruits are almost organic because they come from farmers who never produce large amounts of vegetables, meaning they have no reason to use chemicals for faster growth.
This is the reason that anytime you visit a supermarket in Greece, it's impossible to find off-season vegetables and fruits.
I go to Greece every single year for months at a time, and have never, EVER had a bad meal. And I'm not joking. My family and I brought some friends with us one time and they said the exact same thing. In fact, sightseeing and the beaches come second to food, which takes up first place on my trips and is all I think about there.
Excellent use of subtle flavors in making such aromatic and delicious foods. Vietnam makes one of the best soups on the planet, and their BBQ, sandwiches, and salads rock too.
Vietnamese food is quite fresh as they use many herbs such as grassy coriander (cilantro), intense mint, and chili. The food always feels light yet filling. The fish sauce adds umami and rounds off the dish. The cuisine is healthy as it includes lots of vegetables and fewer fried foods.
Likely my favorite cuisine of them all. My favorite part of the cuisine is characterized by the use of delicious fresh basil, mint, and cilantro. Combine these with tangy, spicy Vietnamese seasoned fish sauce, and I'm in heaven. Pho has the most incredible-tasting broth of any soup in the world.
Our food is underrated. It's so good, like jeez! Maple syrup is a famous Canadian ingredient that we add to our recipes, like maple cookies or maple bacon. We also have good fast food, like A&W, which is a fast-food burger place mostly found in Canada. We have tasty French-Canadian food like poutine - tasty fries covered in gravy and cheese! If you like seafood, Nova Scotia has amazing lobster, and Newfoundland has the best Atlantic cod ever. On the West Coast, there are millions of delicious seafood options. In Vancouver, you can eat salmon with maple syrup. On Vancouver Island, there is so much seafood like crab, salmon, prawns, and tuna, and it's all just so fresh! Canada is just so tasty - Alberta beef, West Coast salmon, East Coast lobster, and Quebec poutine!
Although I do prefer Mexican food, I have to clear up some of the comments left here because they make my country appear super lame. Quebec is home to the famous poutine - greasy and artery-clogging, but extremely tasty. Then there's the East Coast. If the Maritime provinces could classify as a country, they would give these other guys a run for their money. Atlantic Canada is home to the tastiest seafood you can find anywhere: lobsters, clams, scallops, mussels, oysters, quahogs, shrimp, mackerel, bar clams, dulse, crab, salmon (particularly maple-candied smoked Atlantic salmon), and much more. All fresh from honest, hard-working fishermen. Don't knock Canadian food until you've tried shellfish recipes from your friendly folks on the East Coast!
I would have to agree. Most people haven't tried many different foods. I would love to say, and be able to vote on, food from every nationality. Each cuisine is so unique and tasty in its own way!
Switzerland has delicious local dishes such as Fondue, Rösti, Raclette, and Roast. Even Risotto is Swiss. They are also inspired by their neighbors: France, Italy, and Germany. They have great wine as well. Simply delicious.
Swiss food is really better than Italian food. Italian food is just fast food.
I'm a HUGE FOODIE. I've been to 24 countries, and after Morocco, it topped my list! Not only are the regional dishes themselves an incredible blend of spices, meats, veggies, and dried fruits, but the produce itself is exceptional. Even something like freshly squeezed OJ or almonds and dried fruit blew me away with its taste and freshness. Morocco tops my list.
I also love Japanese cuisine and flavors (no, it isn't just sushi), Gallego regional Spanish cuisine (the freshest seafood on earth), and Peruvian flavors, specifically from the Andes.
The best food I have ever tasted! Moroccan cuisine is just special with its variety of dishes, desserts, and drinks. Everyone is familiar with Moroccan tea. You need to try the real one ;). The mixture of salty and sweet is just a WOW! I just love it!
I believe that Moroccan gastronomy is phenomenal and extremely diversified. Tagine, Moroccan couscous, pastilla, tanjia and rfissa these are my favorites. I think that everyone should definitely taste Moroccan food. Did you try Moroccan tea? Believe me, once you try it, you'll be addicted to it and forget about morning coffee. Likewise, Moroccan food is rich in vegetables and olive oil, thus in powerful antioxidants, so it is really perfect as a healthy diet.
Belgium makes fries like I've never tasted before! Just, wow! They have a lot of similar restaurants like everywhere else in Europe, but the places are usually very clean and the people are friendly. This contrasts with some places I've been in France or the Netherlands. And Belgian waffles! How can such a small country produce such a genius snack? I also love the chocolate and the "pralines." Think Swiss chocolate is the best? Guess again. It's Belgium!
The chocolate and waffles in Belgium are amazing! Belgium should be way higher on the list because of the French fries (actually, BELGIAN FRIES). It's food that everybody loves! Plus, Belgium has the most brands of beer in the world!
I am Belgian, and about French fries, nobody really knows, so let's say they are both French and Belgian. By the way, everyone says that pasta is Italian. In fact, it's not. It's actually Chinese. That's a real fact.
Given that it is primarily vegetarian-based with minimal usage of oil, and when needed, olive oil is used, Lebanese cuisine stands out. It also replaces strong spices with natural aromas like sumac, lemon, olives, rose water, nuts, and thyme. Additionally, its large variety keeps you frequenting a Lebanese restaurant more than any other. For these reasons, I would vote Lebanese cuisine to be #1.
Turkish cuisine would be my #2 choice. Why is it after Lebanese? The main reasons are: (1) it contains lots of fats in the meats and grills, (2) it is less rich in meze offerings, and (3) while Turkey has Raki, Lebanon not only has the original Arak but also a great choice of wines.
Lebanese food is amazing. This is coming from an American. Like hummus? You betcha. Like cheese pizza but without sauce? Got it. Like falafel? They have that too.
You probably have never tried these, and more, but once you do, you will never leave again. If you are looking for a store in America, try Oasis. They have some Arabic/Lebanese food that will blow your mind! And I also find it funny that a lot of newcomers, aka Americans, try things like hummus or a burrito - the closest they can get to American food. Kind of disappointing, but oh well, their choice. Just try the food!
Great use of limited resources to make some of the freshest and tastiest food around. Adopts elements from Thai, Khmer, and Vietnamese cuisines to create a truly wonderful cuisine.
Diversity and taste-wise, Turkish cuisine is one of the best in the world for sure. It's upsetting that people know Turkish cuisine only for kebab and baklava, but there's a lot more to try - from mezzes to kumpir to different types of milk-based desserts.
Think of it this way: The Ottoman Empire controlled all these Mediterranean and Slavic countries and adopted their cuisine. Throughout the years, they improved upon all the food they gained. A small shop selling food in Turkey tastes just as good as any extremely expensive restaurant in countries like the United States or England. Turkish food is healthy and delicious. Nothing can compare. If you want to go to a country for food, you can't go wrong with Turkey. They understand food better than anyone.
The best food in the world. The best people in the world. Turkey is an amazing country that serves as a model culture for emerging powers. Most of all, its history is rich with deep-rooted culture. I like the country and the people.
I do wish Turkey works towards democratizing its values and finds a good mix of religion and freedom. The concept of democracy and individual liberty transcends generations, cultures, national borders, and faiths. All countries in the region look to Turkey to become the modern democratic country that other countries can model themselves after.
Turkish women are beautiful, smart, and very charming. It would be a shame to see them wrapped up like burritos, as in other countries. I wish that Turkish men liberate their mothers, sisters, and wives and create a more even and equal community that respects and adheres to faith, but also the greater global community.
Som lor kor ko is a mix of veggies in soup that makes Khmer food taste very traditional and captures the essence of this country. My favorite is Ah muk Trey. It is hard to find it anywhere besides this country. Thumbs up.
Just really great food. Most dishes are made with healthy ingredients. They can make vegetables absolutely delicious.
Simple, fresh ingredients, good use of local produce. Not Americanized yet, so delicious.
An amazing confluence of Japanese and Chinese cuisines, taking the best of both influences and creating their own style. Delicious foods are available no matter where you go, and for me, they have some of the best low-key cafes around.
Taiwan can compete for the title of the best food in the world. For me, it's second only to Italian (I'm Italian). I spent a month in Taiwan and tasted more than one hundred kinds of food that were new to me. Taiwan has the best of Chinese tradition, mixed with some of the best from Japan (the island was a colony of Japan for 50 years), and combined with their unique local culture. You can try ten different dishes in a meal if you go to a night market. Dish number one for me is their dumplings, but they are also great in fish dishes, sushi, hot pot, and fried fish. What's amazing is the variety of foods, especially street food and affordable dishes. If you travel in Taiwan, you don't need a lot of money to try their best dishes. The only dish I cannot stand is "stinky tofu" because it really stinks :-)
The best use of spices in the Western world. Plus, the salted Call of Duty dishes are simply a national treasure. There are thousands of them, and they all range from good to great. Then you come to desserts. The Pastel de Belem, Ovos Moles, and lots of other fresh and complex delicacies will make you salivate just from thinking of them, let alone seeing, smelling, and then tasting one of them.
Wine-wise, it's hard to beat a country where you can buy a bottle of decent wine for 1 Euro. And if you wish, you can also have a sip of the timeless Port and Madeira! There's a reason why Shakespeare would have characters sell their souls to the Devil for just a sip of these nectars, and why the drafting of the U.S. Constitution was celebrated with copious amounts of them!
Grilled chicken with Peri Peri sauce is second to none, offering excellent options for people who have recently had cardiac or heart surgeries. Rice with chilies is great for obtaining various vitamins, especially when paired with raw vegetable salads. It also helps prevent common colds when consumed with water, particularly when you feel the first phase of common cold symptoms setting in.
I just like Algerian food. It has a very good mixture of ingredients. It varies from east to west, and from north to south, and it's all good.
Algerian food is very rich, with both land and sea components. It offers various dishes by region and by season.
Amazing food, especially the sweets. The couscous and Rishta are amazing.