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These Countries Have The Best Food On Earth, According To The Masses


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Who has the best Food in the world? That’s a question full of beehives begging to be punched. How many arguments have started over whether Spain or Italy has the better olives? India or China the better rice? Mexico or Brazil the better stewed meats? Then where do you draw the lines? Some countries are so massive they contain regions with fully disparate food cultures. But there has to be a best, right? Right?

Over at Ranker they asked, “Which country has the best food?” And, ho boy, was there a reaction. 268,000 votes later, a top ten emerged with some heavy-hitting culinary cultures scoring solid rankings, along with a few surprises breaking into the top ten. Vietnam and America ranked eleventh and twelfth respectively. The UK ended up at 21st (ouch!) and Brazil languished in the mid-30s while Australia landed at a paltry 49th. Which, let us introduce you to a meat pie because that alone deserves better than 49th.

That’s a thing of beauty right there.(The Aussies also got ripped off on “best beaches” — who did they piss off over in the Ranker community?)

Okay, let’s jump in.

10. GERMANY

This is probably the most shocking upset on the list. Germany lands at ten with blazing pretzels, plump sausages, and plenty of schnitzel to go around. In reality, Germany is so much more than its stereotypical beer hall fare. It’s a very seasonal and locavore-driven country with smoked fish dominating as thoroughly in the northern states as roast pork shanks dominate across the south. Plus, this is where Berlin is…so…


9. CHINA

China is vast. From the Himalayan peaks to the northern deserts to vast prairies that give way to lush mountains that crash into the craggy Pacific Ocean coast. With all that terrain comes a plethora of cuisines, making China a fantastic place to eat a different meal every day and never grow bored.



8. THAILAND

Thailand has made its mark internationally as one of the great cuisines. There’s sweet pork BBQs in the south, sour noodle soups in the north, and a cornucopia of tropical flavors and spices in between that have made this country a food-lovers mecca.


7. MEXICO

Mexico is another massive country where deserts give way to jungles which become mountains and it’s all hugged by two impossibly long coastlines on two different oceans. Like China, the food cultures of Mexico are distinctly varied. These food cultures run deep into Pre-Columbian foodways that have been handed down for millennia, making pan-Mexican cuisine one of the best there is.

Our food editor called the Baja Norte food culture the best on earth (and it recently proved good enough for two white ladies from PDX to poach recipes from), so do with that what you will.



6. GREECE

Greece has the advantage of being a sea-faring culture at a crossroads between Asia and Europe. And the crossroads is where you find the best foods born from cultures sharing their cuisines as they passed through — offering locals the chance to pick up techniques, spices, and ingredients.

Greek food is the continuing evolution of sharing food culture. And that’s kinda awesome. Also, call it cliche all you want but a gyro in the placa in Athens is one of the best 10 meals on earth.


5. JAPAN

Wandering the izakaya dens, sushi bars, Kobe joints, ramen houses, and markets of Japan is a wonder for the senses. The food is bombastic. It’s simple yet delicately intricate. It’s new and old at the same time. Contradictions abound. But one truth remains, Japan has great food.



4. SPAIN

Spain in the top five makes sense if you consider the acorn butteriness of Jamon Iberico alone. Then there’s the food culture that lives on the streets across Spain of Pintxos, Tapas, Cañas, and Copas. Little bites of food from the land and sea to go with little glasses of beer or wine in a perfect pairing of thrift and expediency. Spain is also where chefs like Ferran Adria are straight up changing the fine dining game down to its DNA and giving it to the world to toy with and further evolve.

Also, paella.


3. INDIA

India is a massive country with a varied and deeply rooted food cultures spread over a billion people. You can bet your ass that what’s being cooked on the streets and in the kitchens of Mumbai and Delhi and Amritsar deserves to be recognized as some of the best food in the world.



2. FRANCE

Somewhere deep inside you always know it’s going to come down to Italy and France. It’s a classic battle of the ages. The influences of the old French masters on western cuisine is indelible. France is a country that cares deeply about food and it shows in every meal, every ingredient, and every style. French food is about eating the best food for pleasure and truly enjoying the bounty — sustenance is just an ancillary benefit.


1. ITALY

Italy took the humble tomato from the new world and gave us pizza in return. That’s pretty awesome by itself. In the end, Italy feels like the right food culture to sit at number one. They care as much about food as France, they’re as varied as India, and their food is as exciting as Spain’s. It’s the best of all worlds where you can eat a two hour, multi-course lunch with a bottle of wine and nice grappa at end, then stroll to a gelateria for ice cream afterward and never feel bad about a single decision you made.

Who wants to argue that?




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