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August 22, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

With Chicken parm being the only “Australian dish” listed on CNN Travel’s new list of the World’s 50 Best Foods, the staff of a well-known Australian travel company has stepped in to suggest a few favourites of their own.

Chicken parm (that’s parmigiana) is ranked 37 on CNN’s list. The spiel describes it as: “Melted Parmesan and mozzarella cheese, and a peppery, garlicky tomato sauce drizzled over the top of a chicken fillet – Aussie pub-goers claim this ostensibly Italian dish as their own. Since they make it so well, there’s no point in arguing.”

CNN Travel asked their readers to vote on the world’s best foods via a Facebook poll. More than 35,000 people voted, from all around the world. The list includes some mouth-watering pictures of food. You can peruse it here if you like.

Chicken parm

Asia won the tastebud challenge, with 50% of the world’s favourite foods, as voted by the people! Then again, Asia might comprise 50% of the world’s population. China and India each weigh in at over a billion people each.

That’s where Wendy Wu Tours comes in.

“Because we’re the experts in Asia, we’ve got our top tips for exactly where you can taste the people’s favourites – they are, in fact, our favourites within the favourites,” a company spokesperson said.

Here’s the Wendy Wu team’s picks, complete with their ranking number in the CNN list. Plus a plug or two for tours with Early Bird special prices, that let clients head to places where they can taste the foods.

Masala dosa, India

  1. Goi cuon, Vietnam. Also known as “Summer rolls”.
    Favourite of: Melissa, Marketing Specialist
    Why I love it: The freshness of the herbs inside was the perfect antidote to the heat of the monsoon.
    Where I ate them: Cruising Halong Bay, the junk boat crew showed us how to make them, and then we all feasted!
    Taste them during: 12-day Vietnam at a Glance. From AUD 2980 per person twin share.
  2. Masala Dosa, India
    Favourite of: Aaron, Reservations Supervisor
    Why I love it: A giant rolled up pancake filled with spiced potato, and dipped into tamarind sauce or sambal or coconut chutney – they are delicious for brekky or lunch and so fun to eat!
    Where I ate it: Sailing the backwaters on a houseboat in Kerala, as we passed lush rice paddies, temples and coconut groves.
    Taste them during: 17 day Kerala and the Southern Highlights. From aud 5040 per person twin share.
  3. Prawn Dumpling, Hong Kong
    Favourite of: Angela, Product Executive
    Why I love it: I’d had yum cha in Australia, but a prawn dumpling – or Har gow by it’s Cantonese name – was a mouth-explosion of thin, smooth dough, cuddled around a soft prawn, bamboo shoot and spring onion centre.
    Where I ate it: Din Tai Fung, Kowloon
    Taste them during: 16-day Cities of the Orient. From AUD 5860 per person twin share.
  4. Pho, Vietnam.
    Favourite of: Becs, Product Executive
    Why I love it: I love that rich umami flavour of the stock, with the ginger, peppercorns, cloves, anise, cinnamon and fish sauce. Sitting on a tiny plastic side-of-the-road “restaurant”, being delivered a giant bowl filled with noodles and slices of beef…just heaven.
    Where I ate it: Hanoi’s old Quarter
    Taste it during: 16-day Angkor to the Bay. From AUD 4280 per person twin share.
  5. Peking Duck, China.
    Favourite of: Elisa, Marketing Specialist
    Why I love it: That marinade! It’s made with lemon, honey, soy, rice wine and warming spices like cinnamon and anise. I love folding it into pancakes, like a little gift!
    Where I ate it: Beijing, where it was created!
    Taste it during: 9-day In Pursuit of Pandas. From AUD 2920 per person twin share.
  6. Ramen, Japan.
    Favourite of: Lauren, Content Specialist
    Why I love it: All noodle soup is amazing, but ramen kicks it up a notch. The standard ramen broth is usually made from pork or chicken bones. From there, I choose a Shoyu flavour, and add a boiled egg with the yolk still runny, and Chashu pork belly. I’m drooling just thinking about it.
    Where I ate it: Osaka, at a hole-in-the-wall on Dotonburi
    Taste them on: 9-day A Week in Japan. From AUD 6140 per person twin share.
  1. Sushi, Japan
    Favourite of: Nicole, Senior Product Executive
    Why I love it: fresh sushi for breakfast is such a treat in Japan. I like to order the chu toro (fatty tuna) for a generously cut piece.
    Where to eat it: Early in the morning from Tokyo Fish Market! It doesn’t get any fresher!
    Taste it on: 12-day Jewels of Japan. From AUD 9260 per person twin share.

Written by Peter Needham

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