Thai Food : Which destination has the world's best food? by CNN News

Thai Food : Which destination has the world's best food? by CNN



(CNN)For traveling foodies, local cuisine is as important as the destination itself when planning a trip.

To highlight the most popular cuisines on the planet right now, we asked CNN readers to vote for their favorite culinary destination in an open Facebook poll.

Clearly, Asian food is on people's minds these days.

That or we have a lot of readers in the region who want to support their homeland's culinary prowess.

With the exception of Italy and Greece, every place on our list is in Asia.

Ready to hop on a plane?

Here are the top 10 culinary hotspots according to our voters, along with a quick but all-important summary of what you'll be chowing on once you get there.

1. Taiwan

2. Philippines

3. Italy

4. Thailand

Given that one of the first things Thais ask each other when they meet up is "have you eaten yet?," it's clear this is a nation that's extremely passionate about its eats.

With influences from China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and a royal culinary tradition, Thai cuisine is the best of many worlds.

The combination of so many herbs and spices in each dish produces complex flavors that somehow come together like orchestral music.

Thais often fit spicy, sour, salty, sweet, chewy, crunchy and slippery into a single dish.

Everyone's familiar with dishes like green curry, stir-fried cashew chicken (gai pad met ma muang) and pad Thai.

For something really flavorful, check out the country's northeastern -- or Isaan -- cuisine.

Popular Isaan dishes include som tom (papaya salad), larb moo (minced pork dressed with lime juice, fish sauce, mint leaves, onions, chilies) and ko moo yang (grilled pork neck), which comes with an incredible dipping sauce.

5. Japan

6. Malaysia

7. Hong Kong

8. India

9. Greece

10. Vietnam