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June 12, 2013

Discuss: What Country Has the Best Food?

What country has the best food? In my opinion, it's Thailand.

There are very few ways to better discover a culture than through its food. In fact, some travelers base their entire travel plans around what countries have the best culinary tradition. However, ask 10 travelers what country has the best food, and you’re likely to get 10 different answers.

Whether you love the curries of India, sushi in Japan, fine French food, steak in Argentina, or something entirely different, we all have an opinion on food.

So, for this week’s discussion, I want to know: what country do you think has the best food?

For me, it has to be Thailand. Not that I say that lightly or easily. After all, places like Mexico, Italy, Korea, and Malaysia have a very soft spot in my heart and in my belly; however, I love Thai food.

I think I like it so much because of the way Thai food is made. With an emphesis on the balance of spicy and sweet, bitter and sour, Thai food is a flavor explosion in your mouth. Or, as the site puts it, “My first time eating Thai food, it hit my tongue like a swarm of kamikazes blasting my unsuspecting taste buds”.

With amazing dishes like Tom Yum soup, pad si ew, delicious curries, and my personal favorite, pad thai, it’s hard not to fall in love with the beauty of Thai food.

So, what about you? What country do you think has the best cuisine? Let me know in the comments section below.


  1. Thai food is definitely good, no doubt about that. Personally Japanese food beats it out by just a notch, at least in my book. However it was a tough call 😉

  2. I went to Vietnam purely on the basis of the food.. And it didn’t disappoint!

  3. Malaysia wins in my mind. With a blend of Malay, Indian, and Chinese food – plus so many fusion foods in between–it wins in terms of street food, hawker food, and home-cooked food. The reason it beats Thailand for me comes down to city vs. country. If you’ve only traveled to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and surrounding areas (or popular islands/destinations in the south), you’ve probably enjoyed incredible curries, noodle dishes, street foods, and more. But if you venture out and live in the sticks (I’m not sure of your experience–this is just mine), as I have several times and in several different areas, you’ll find the food to be completely different, and very disappointing. There are none of the dishes you’ve heard of, and instead just rice, rice, and rice served with vegetables floating in seasoned water, fried fish, chicken and potatoes, frog livers, bugs, etc. It’s completely different from the usual food tourists eat. Having also lived in rural and suburban Malaysia, I found home-cooked food to often be different, but still delicious and memorable. So yes, Malaysia for the win!

    • Yikes! Thai food out of the big cities sounds a bit scary. While I spent a good amount of time in Thailand and Malaysia, I didn’t get too far off the trail, so I can’t speak to your comparisons.

      I totally agree, though, that Malaysian food is fantastic. Thanks for the comment.

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