Lonely Planet reveals 500 world’s best eats

The publisher names San Sebastian’s pintxos the ultimate meal

Food travel has been experiencing its unprecedented boom since the invention of Instagram. But there is much more in trying local delicacies than just a social media craze.

Pintxos – San Sebastian, Spain

Tiny bites called pintxos are typical for the Basque region in Spain — Shutterstock Lonely Planet reveals 500 world’s best eats
Tiny bites called pintxos are typical in the Basque region in Spain – Shutterstock

It is also a way how to connect properly with new locations, to experience the traditions and customs of different countries.

To give you the opportunity to try life-changing meals, Lonely Planet has summoned world-renowned chefs, food writers and television food stars and has come up with the Ultimate Eatlist – a publication featuring 500 best meals from the world.

And their selection cannot be more colourful. The ultimate meal belongs to the region of Basque, tiny bites called pintxos that are served in San Sebastian and called tapas outside the region.

Curry Laksa – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The best curry laksa stalls are right beneath the iconic towers of Kuala Lumpur — Shutterstock Lonely Planet reveals 500 world’s best eats
The best curry laksa stalls are right beneath the iconic towers of Kuala Lumpur – Shutterstock

“Beginning their existence as small open sandwiches, pintxos can be experienced in many incarnations, from the traditional, piled-high toppings on bread, to molecular gastronomy renditions with flavours that defy what you see,” Lonely Planet says about the dish.

The second most delightful meal couldn’t be located further from the Iberian Peninsula. Right beneath the iconic towers of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, locals and foreigners mingle around stalls that serve one of the best street foods – rich and creamy curry laksa.

“There are fantastic little hawker centres tucked into the shadows of towering skyscrapers, and at Madras Lane, just off Petaling St, you’ll come across competing curry laksa stalls vying for your attention,” the publisher says, while recommending you pick a stall with the longest queue. This will suggest its popularity.

Sushi – Tokyo, Japan

Don’t dip the sushi in soy sauce or ask for any extra wasabi. You would offend the master chef — FCG / Shutterstock.com Lonely Planet reveals 500 world’s best eats
Don’t dip the sushi in soy sauce or ask for any extra wasabi. You would offend the master chef – FCG / Shutterstock

Sushi couldn’t be missed in such a list and the best one to get is without any surprise right in the heart of the country of its origin – Tokyo.

There are a plethora of places where master chefs showcase their artistry in making the dish an unforgettable experience. However, once you order a serving from one of the top-end masters, it is necessary to follow certain etiquette.

“Firstly, when your fresh piece of sushi is placed in front of you, pick it up with your hands, not chopsticks, and don’t dip it in soy sauce or ask for any extra wasabi. The chef has seasoned the offering, so it is something of an insult to modify the flavour.”

Beef brisket – Texas, United States

Texas brisket is worth waiting in a queue for four hours — Shutterstock Lonely Planet reveals 500 world’s best eats
Texas brisket is worth waiting in a queue for four hours – Shutterstock

The fourth position belongs to the symbol of Texas – beef. Once you try the delicious brisket, you will completely forget about the four hours you spent in a queue to get it. But well, that’s how it goes at Franklin Barbecue, in Austin, six days a week

Top 10 eats in the world according to Lonely Planet

  1. Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain
  2. Curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  3. Sushi in Tokyo, Japan
  4. Beef brisket in Texas, USA
  5. Som tum in Bangkok, Thailand
  6. Smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark
  7. Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand
  8. Bibimbap in Seoul, South Korea
  9. Pizza margherita in Naples, Italy
  10. Dim sum in Hong Kong