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Malaysia's curry laksa, Singapore's chilli crab among Lonely Planet's best food experiences

Malaysia's curry laksa, Singapore's chilli crab among Lonely Planet's best food experiences

Singapore Chili Crab (Photo: Shiok! Singapore Kitchen's Facebook page)

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SINGAPORE: If you recently ate curry laksa in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur you would have experienced one of the world's "most incredible meals", second only to pitxos in San Sebastian, Spain. 

The creamy noodle dish was included in the Lonely Planet's new guidebook Ultimate Eatlist - a "ranked list of the top 500 foodie experiences from all over the world", according to a post on its website on Wednesday (Aug 15). 

Sushi in Tokyo placed third and bibimbap in Seoul eighth, while Singapore's chilli crab took the 17th spot, just above moules frites in Brussels and Beijing's Peking duck. 

"The process began with surveying all the food-obsessed writers, bloggers and staff connected with Lonely Planet, asking them to vote for the tastiest and authentic gastronomic experiences they've encountered on their extensive travels," wrote Lonely Planet's AnneMarie McCarthy.

"Once complete, the huge list was brought before our own expert food editors who enlisted the help of chef Adam Liaw and food blogger Leyla Kazim to definitely rank the entries."

McCarthy also cited the publisher's editorial director Tom Hall, who explained that it is "not a list of the 500 best restaurants or chefs, or dishes", but the "overall experience of eating a particular dish in a specific location". 

"The entries were evaluated according to the taste, its cultural importance and the special atmosphere of the location," McCarthy added. 

In an excerpt of the book on the Lonely Planet website, readers were directed to the "fantastic little hawker centres tucked into the shadows of towering skyscrapers" in KL for their taste of curry laksa. 

"It's an only-in-Malaysia experience," the passage read. 

The book also recommended that travellers visit Madras Lane and "pick the (stall) with the longest queue", before returning the next day to try the neighbouring stall's version.


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

11. Ceviche in Peru

12. Pastéis de nata in Lisbon, Portugal

13. Oysters in Freycinet, Australia

14. Cheese experiences in France

15. Jerk chicken in Jamaica

16. Lamb tagine in Marrakech, Morocco

17. Chilli crab in Singapore

18. Moules frites in Brussels, Belgium

19. Peking duck in Beijing

20. Pho on the Hau River, Vietnam

Source: CNA/hs(ms)


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