Vietnamese phở has been named the world’s 20th best food experience by world travel guide book publisher the Lonely Planet.

Phở on the Hậu River and 500 other dishes were selected as one of the best dishes in Lonely Planet’s new book "Ultimate Eatlist: The World’s Top 500 Food Experiences...Ranked". — Photo

Phở on the Hậu River along 500 other dishes was selected as for the book Ultimate Eatlist: The World’s Top 500 Food Experiences...Ranked published on Wednesday.

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 and staffers and whittled down to a final 500 by a panel including chef and TV presenter Adam Liaw and food blogger Leyla Kazim.

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.

A bowl of phở. — Photo

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 Eatlist details an experience, the culture behind it and what makes it so special, Lonely Planet says.

Earlier in June, travel site Rough Guides named Việt Nam’s iconic noodle soup, phở, among the world’s 15 best foods that are easy on a globetrotter’s pocket.

A bowl of phở 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 Hà Nội before it was brought to the south where people added their own influences to the dish.

Ultimate Eatlist 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. — VNS

Lonely Planet’s top 20 food experiences

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. Phở on the Hậu River, Việt Nam


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