Recently the UK’s Telegraph newspaper has released a list of 16 best cities for food. On the top of this list is Hanoi of Vietnam which has been much mentioned following official visit of US President Barack Obama to Vietnam by late May 2016.
Let’s discover 5 top places of the list!
1. Hanoi, Vietnam
If it’s good enough for Barack Obama… The US president was spotted enjoying $6 noodles with Anthony Bourdain in the Vietnamese capital on Monday. Clearly he’s well aware of the city’s culinary prowess.
Experts of Telegraph also advise eating like a local and taking to the streets for freshly prepared dishes such as pho tiu noodles with a sweet and sour soup, pork and fish sauce; banh mi, a baguette filled with pate, cucumber, herbs, crispy onion and chilli; and com tam, broken rice with grilled pork, pork skin, egg and fish sauce. Finish with traditional egg coffee – or ca phe trung – a blend of coffee and egg whites, folded with sugar, drunk hot or cold.
2. Tokyo, Japan
With more Michelin stars than any city in the world, Tokyo is a shoe-in on the list. The expert of Telegraph there, Danielle Demetriou, says: “It’s not just about sushi. From tonkatsu pork cutlets and unagi eel to okonomiyaki pancakes and all things tofu, Tokyo is home to a dizzying quantity of restaurants specializing in an array of Japanese cuisine.
“Best of all, it caters to all budgets, from wallet-busting skyscraper restaurants to atmospheric local izakaya – Japanese-style pubs where tapas-sized food is washed down with beer and sake – with an emphasis on high-quality seasonal ingredients across the spectrum. All in all, nirvana for foodies.”
3. London, UK
Between the high-class gourmet hangouts of the rich and famous to the endless pop-ups and street food that bespeckle the east of the city, London has world cuisine covered. Telegraph Travel’s London editor John O’Ceallaigh says: “London’s culinary diversity is unparalleled. It is the only British city to feature in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards and the capital’s ethnic diversity means virtually any national or regional cuisine is readily available here.”
4. Jaipur, India
Jaipur is one of the few places that represents the cooking of the Rajputs, the warrior princes who ruled most of Rajasthan up until the Sixties. Hunting and expeditions were a big part of it, so chargrilling and barbecuing are well showcased in Rajasthani cooking. This is where the chef Vivek Singh lived and worked in the late Nineties. He recommends Laal maas, a fiery Rajasthani goat curry. The recipe is 45 chillies to a kilo of goat, with a few cloves of garlic, onion and yogurt. The curry is extremely hot but you don’t eat it on its own; you have it with plain rice or flatbread, some raitha [a yogurt-based condiment] to cool it down, chutney and poppadoms.
5. New York City, USA
“New York chefs are always innovating,” says Telegraph expert in the Big Apple, Douglas Rogers. “Eight million people from every country on Earth live in New York, so the range of culinary experiences is bewildering. The fine-dining scene changes amazingly fast, with new trends and movements springing up all the time. Whatever the trends, there are always the classics, and New York does them like no other. Don’t miss the oysters at Grand Central Oyster Bar in the basement of the famous train terminal, going strong since 1913; or a Porterhouse steak at the venerable Brooklyn institution Peter Luger (established 1887) – for my money the world’s finest steakhouse.”
For full list, one can visit: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/food-and-wine-holidays/The-worlds-best-cities-for-foodies/.