Update: 13:36 | 17/08/2018
Vietnamese pho has been named the world’s 20th best food experience by world travel guidebook publisher the Lonely Planet.
Pho on the Hau River and 500 other dishes were selected as one of the best dishes in Lonely Planet’s new book "Ultimate
Pho on the Hau River along 500 other dishes was selected as for the book Ultimate
The list was topped by pintxos in San Sebastian, Spain, followed by curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur and sushi in Tokyo.
Entries were nominated by Lonely Planet writers, bloggers
Recommendations from world-renowned chefs José Andrés, Elena Arzak and Eric Ripert; television food star Andrew Zimmern; BBC MasterChef judge and chef Monica Galetti; and 15 more of the world’s top chefs and food writers were also included, CNN reported.
Per the book, the ranking is not about the perfect meal at a three-Michelin star restaurant, but how a dish tastes, its cultural significance and the importance of the location where it’s made and eaten.
"When you have a salad Nicoise in New York, you might think, oh this is nice," Lonely Planet destinations editor Matt Phillips told CNN Travel.
The final list is based on taste, cultural importance and "the special atmosphere of the location.”
Each entry in the Ultimate Eat list details an experience, the culture behind it and what makes it so special, Lonely Planet says.
The attractive chicken noodle soup.
Earlier in June, travel site Rough Guides named Vietnam’s iconic noodle soup, pho, among the world’s 15 best foods that are easy on a globetrotter’s pocket.
A bowl of pho contains flat, soft rice noodles dipped in a fragrant beef or chicken broth flavored with different condiments. It is served with beef or chicken, shallots and chili and lemon to taste.
The soup originated from Hanoi before it was brought to the south where people added their own influences to the dish.
Ultimate Eat list is the follow-up to Lonely Planet’s bestselling Ultimate Travelist and is a must-own bucket list for foodies and those who love to travel.