Jan 022010

Are you hungry yet? Hopefully you will be after reading this countdown. As you peruse this pre-programmed post, I’m on the train north to Milan, Italy from Florence!

Given the amount of deliciousness I’ve inhaled in the past five months, there may be some glaring gaps in this list, so feel free to weigh in on YOUR votes for best world food of 2009.

As before, please click on the blue links to access further photos and words about each scrumptious meal.

Now, please enjoy photos of food in Florence, Italy as we unveil…

The Seven Most DELICIOUS Foods of Around the World, 2009:

7. Japanese sushi.
It’s rather bittersweet to add this to the list, given how crazy expensive food (and everything!) in Japan was, but when my friend and I put that sushi to our tongues… it was a cloud of angel soft love! This does not apply to the sushi that was still moving when it was served. That was just freaky.

6. Desserts in Cambodia.
Partially because of the French influence, chocolate desserts in Cambodia were some of the best I’ve had in my life. The inexpensive chocolate ice cream in Siem Reap was rich, decadent, and powerful enough to keep me dreaming about it months later. Good stuff!

5. Italian specialties (many pictured here!).
Home of pizza, gelato, pasta, wine, juicy ripe tomatoes, and most everything else that brings gastronomical joy, Italy is a foodie’s dream. Look at that vibrant saffron-lemon spinach ricotta ravioli, pictured above!

Because this week I have been reunited with my beloved family, we have been able to each order different dishes, then divide up everything in order to more fully sample the Florentine food spectrum. Mmm! I especially loved the ribollita (mushed veggies, bread and beans) pictured to the lower right.

Note: do you like the photo to the left of the pig’s feet and lentils that my brother ordered as Italian good luck on New Years? Yeah, let’s stick with the pasta.

4. Vietnamese Pho, Bun Bo Nam Bo, and Banh Xeo… plus the Western expat cafes in Hanoi!
Vietnamese food in Vietnam was not like the Vietnamese food I regularly scarfed down back in Boston, but thanks to kind guides who explained what to order (plus a little trial and error), the tastes were stunning.

3. Fresh Fruits, especially in Thailand.
Wait, you mean a mango doesn’t cost three dollars in Southeast Asia like it does at home?! Wait, you mean I can have fruit every single morning for cheap, then three times an afternoon from sidewalk vendors?! AMAZING! New favorites include: dragonfruit, sapodilla, and excessive amounts of papaya.

2. World-class Restaurants of Vientiane and Luang Prabang, Laos.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find better culinary value for your dollar than these two cities in Laos. Throughout Southeast Asia, I kept meeting chefs who were headed to Laos for a food pilgrimage, or to meet other chefs who had permanently moved there. I didn’t believe it until I arrived and began absolutely stuffing myself with the most delicious, inexpensive food imaginable.

Literally: you will eat like royalty for less than five dollars. And the waiters and waitresses are extremely nice, too!

1. Mango Sticky Rice, Thailand.
I thought it would taste awful. I thought it was a dinner entree, not a dessert. I didn’t get why they poured that coconut milk on top. I was a fool! Learning about mango sticky rice was worth the price of the plane ticket to Asia.

Yum. Three cheers for eating our way across the Planet Earth!


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  32 Responses to “7 Most Delicious Foods of Around the World 2009!”

  1. I would vote for Italian Gelato as my number one food. It is a requirement to eat it three times a day in Italy.

  2. Ok, you are killing me with all the FB posts about SE Asia.. and the food that awaits me…

  3. Some of the food you listed above sounds delicious. Did someone recommend you the food that you tried, or did you just choose from the menu?

    • Good question! Most of the foods ended up in my mouth because they are popular in the area I was visiting.

  4. Some of the foods look really good and some, not so much.

  5. I would totally eat the Italian specialties and fresh fruit but not sushi.

  6. No offense. But some of that looks nasty. but probably good!

  7. This article makes me hungry but, it also shows us that we all are from different cultures and food is one thing that can bring us all together as one.

  8. All those foods sound very interesting! I’m glad you had the guts to try them becuase I would never try those kinds of things!

  9. the foods look great

  10. The food looks kinda……. delicious. I wonder if some italian restaurant would have these dessert, or maybe a shushi place with those shushi. Well not really looking forward to the vietnamese food because some taste good like the sub but other taste like bitter cucumber.

  11. mmmm…mango sticky rice sounds good.

  12. I love me some sushi and pho… Man,I am so freaking hungry right now!

  13. Hi Ms. Marshall,
    Wow! I can’t believe it, the food look so delicious. Your pictures made me hungry. I wish I could go to all these places and eat all the different kinds of food.

  14. Mmmm, I absolutely LOVE eating banxeos! It’s one of my all time favorite Vietnamese foods. When it comes o trying new foods, I’m very picky. If it looks strange than I’m scared to try it but if it looks good than I will most definitely eat it! (:

  15. Ms. Marshall, you’re so open minded when it comes to food. I wouldn’t even dare to touch sushi. This article teaches me to not judge food so quickly. The Italian food is the only one that appeals to me the most.

  16. Mango sticky rice? I’m curious to know what that is because I’ve never heard of that in my life. It sounds very, um, interesting. I’m very closed-minded when it comes to trying new foods so you’re really brave fo being ble to travel from place-to-place and becoming accustomed to the food there. If I were you, I’d travel with some chips and soda…just in case.

  17. This article not only makes me hungry but, also gives me the idea of how important cultures are to everybody in each and every special way.

  18. Wow! All these traditional plates sound facinating. I am usually not that curious of trying new foods, maybe because I am terrified of my reaction, but this article really makes me want to step out of my shell, let loose and try many new foods! It makes me think that I only have something to gain, absolutely nothing to loose. I would really love to try the mango sticky rice, it sounds very delicious. After all, I am a really big fan of mangos!

  19. I love to eat Japanese Sushi but maybe not when it’s still alive. But your number one choice was the best Mango Sticky Rice is AMAZING and the smell is even better. In Japan did you try Tempura Fried Ice Cream (Green Tea/Ginger ice cream coated with cornflakes and then fried)?

  20. I think that Chinese food are the best because it is.

  21. Just drop me in Thailand and I’d be good in terms of food. Cheap and tasty is a combo most countries can’t beat Thailand on. My Thai cooking class was one of the highlights of my round the world trip.

  22. I absolutly love food! reading this article made me think of the two months i spent away in both Italy and my home country of Albania. I enjoy trying new foods from different cultures, its an exciting experience. Its a good thing that here in America we have so many people from so many different places, so trying new food is always accesible. Im grateful for that. Im hungry now 🙂

  23. I liked this article and the food looks delicious.

  24. now you’ve gone and done it – I’m starving!!

    • I know… drooooooool! I just ate a giant veggie chili lunch (back to my own cooking) but am ravenous just thinking of mango sticky rice…

  25. du this site have the concrete basis to say or to proclaim that this is thee most delicious food in the world?

    • In three words: “Not at all.” The scientific measuring tool is my tongue and my tummy! 🙂 Feel free to add your own favorite foods.

  26. Dave said…
    Still nauseous from the half-forkful of dreaded pig’s feet…

    January 7, 2010 1:14 AM

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