You told us which country you think has the best cuisine and now we’ve whittled it down to a top fifteen. Starting the countdown is Malaysia; Sharni Lutalica told us on Facebook that Malaysian cuisine is her favourite for the variety in flavours and spices.
Falafel, hummus, fresh fish and juicy fruits; Lebanese has a whole host of great savory flavours, not to mention the delicious baklava that swayed @MarkJamesVang’s vote on Twitter.
Perhaps a rather surprising entry, England made number thirteen in your choice of top cuisine. As @keuro said on Twitter: “with the advent of the gastropub England has some pretty great food!”
The kebabs from street vendors in Istanbul got Johan Nilsson’s vote on Facebook, and @felttipfairy said on Twitter: “best of all, [Turkish food is] served up with a big grin and dancing in Fethiye!”
There’s so much to love about Spanish cuisine so it’s no wonder it makes the top fifteen. From tapas to paella, there’s a huge variety of big flavours to get your mouth-watering and it seems Valencia is the place to chow down, according to @Xxemma1xX on Twitter.
Into the top ten and @blondinwales’s tweet says it all: “Drunken prawns, chili crab, laksa. So amazing…” Twitter fan @jaanhunter describes Singaporean food as a fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Japanese. Who wouldn’t want to tuck in?
From burritos to old-time favourite chilli con carne, Mexico sits at number nine with its meleé of spices, hot chillies and colourful mix of ingredients. As @TheDreamYear put it on Twitter: “Mexican food is irresistible!”
It seems Indonesia has it all: not only did it sit in the top ten for our beautiful countries poll, now it’s proving to be not just a pretty face. On Twitter, @lukmanAul picked out rendang, a spicy meat dish, as his favourite.
The art of the perfect pastry can be found at its best in France, and it seems you have a sweet tooth as you voted this country’s cuisine – from boeuf bourguignon to multicoloured macaroons – into number seven of our poll.
Plenty of you agreed with @CultureTrip when they said you can’t beat Chinese for its deliciousness, and @ManRuiTian loves it because of “the sheer variety of flavours of dumplings, teas, & spices you can get across the provinces is matched no where else.”
Describing it as the “perfect mix of Asian and French flavours”, @Dudzicsu’s vote helped push to Vietnamese cuisine into fifth place.
Our very own Editorial Assistant Rebecca chose Japanese food as her favourite because the cuisine is “stunning” as well as tasty. She said: “kaiseki ryori must be one of the most beautiful types of food you can set eyes on.”
The intense flavours and colours of Indian food were bound get this country into the top five. From coconut to chili, this cuisine has something for everyone and @TravelSisi said: “I just loved their fabulous vegetarian options.”
In second place comes Thailand and on Twitter @PolCandid chose this favoured cuisine because it’s fiery-hot with chilli, fresh with lemongrass and fragrant with coriander.
And the award for best cuisine in the world goes to Italy. “The pasta, the pizza, the fish, the meat…” @Reislykke’s list goes on, and quite rightly: Italy’s fresh produce and flair for flavour got you voting – even our own Senior Web Editor Tim Chester said he’d happily survive on solely Italian food if he had too!