Vietnam’s Pho, Summer Rolls among World’s Best Foods – CNN poll

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Every country’s cuisine has its own unique flavors and depth, that is why it is incredibly hard to pick out the best foods in the world. However, once asked, global diners and CNN readers seem to have developed a taste for Southeast Asian flavors.

“What are the world’s best foods?” CNN asked its readers on a Facebook poll.

More than 35,000 replied and came up with their 50 top picks, and Vietnam’s noodle soup pho and fresh summer rolls were among them.

Pho, which made number 20 on the list, is a sophisticated yet simple a bowl of soft rice noodles in a broth carefully prepared with fragrant herbs, served with tender beef or chicken, shallots, chili and lemon to taste. “But it’s greater than the sum of its parts – fragrant, tasty and balanced,” CNN said.

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A healthy, fragrant and extremely tasty bowl of “Pho” is a favorite of many global diners.

The soup is considered a national dish and can be found all over Vietnam, although it is more of a Hanoi specialty and may taste a little bit sweeter and thicker in Saigon.

U.S. news site Business Insider last October also published a bucket list of 50 travel experiences you have to try in Asia, and one of them is indulging in a steaming bowl of pho in Hanoi.

The soup is considered Vietnam’s most popular food export and one of the most nutritious dishes in Vietnam, especially great for a hangover cure. It is the locals’ comfort food, loved by international tourist, so much so that there are constant innovation/remakes of Pho into hamburger or burritos. But the orginial is obviously always the best.

While pho is more of a main dish and a common breakfast choice, goi cuon, or fresh summer rolls, are a popular snack in the south. Rice paper wrapped around pork, shrimp, herbs and rice vermicelli, and best served after being dunked in sweet and sour fish sauce or a thick peanut dip.

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A fresh and minty taste summer rolls dipped in flavorful sauce is not comparable to any other dishes. Photo:

Although the dish finished at the bottom of the list, it has been named the number one appetizer for a full-course party, and featured on the first episode of Snoop Dog’s cooking show Potluck Dinner Party which first aired last November. A video of him making the rolls went viral on Facebook in just a couple days.

CNN readers called it “meat light” and the very definition of “moreish”.

The top 50 was dominated by Asian dishes, besides Italian lasagna and pizza, Mexican fajitas and tacos, French croissant, Turkish kebab and American ice-cream and cheeseburgers.

If you believe in the list, Southeast Asia looks like the perfect place for the delicious vacation of a lifetime. The most votes went to two Indonesian dishes – rendang, which is a spicy, gingery beef dish, and nasi goreng, a fried rice dish. Seven Thai dishes made the top 50, while Malaysian and Singaporean were not forgotten either.

Source: Vnexpress International


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