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The 50 best things to eat in the world, and where to eat them

Posted by somtam2000 on 17/9/2009 at 21:55 admin

The Guardian has put together an especially odd list of 50 eateries.

It is a very Euro-centric collection, but one really caught my eye:

"5. Best place to eat: Pho
Pho 24, Vietnam
...However, the sleek chain restaurant Pho 24, with branches around the country and across Asia, produces Vietnam's most reliably good pho. The meat is of a consistently high quality – a rarity in Vietnam – and the stock impresses even the hardest-to-please critics."

Phi24 is fine for a tourist friend bowl of noodles, but it's not a country-mile within top dishes (imo)

Where did you have your best Pho? And what other all those other fantastic, yet totally under-represented Asian dishes?

You can read the full story here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/sep/13/best-foods-in-the-world

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Posted by MADMAC on 18/9/2009 at 01:44

The Guardian - I can't stomach to read it anymore. A lot of corporate media is less than forthright, but the Guardian is just loathsome.

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Posted by SBE on 18/9/2009 at 02:38

Well he got #1 completely wrong because I happen to know that the best oysters in the WHOLE WORLD can be found in a town called Cancale, in Brittany!

If he doesn't even know that then the rest must all be completely wrong too. ;-)

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Posted by MADMAC on 18/9/2009 at 12:22

Won't comment on the food, as that's a pretty subjective thing. What my father in law considers gross I love, and what he loves I wouldn't feed the dog.

But as for the rest of that rag...

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 18/9/2009 at 12:45 TF writer

I never got why people love pho so much. It's just noodle soup with (usually) chewy chunks of beef! Boring.

Now tom yam goong is a different story...

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Posted by mattocmd on 18/9/2009 at 19:06

The best place I ever had pho is on some random street corner restaurant in Hanoi. You'll never find the best at some chain. Rather some old lady on the street that has been making it for years.
It should say that the best Pho is available at any super crowded Pho restaurant where the locals eat it.

I'll share a favorite asian dish. It's a Korean dish called Muul-whey (물회), translates to "sashimi water." A cold sashimi soup. So good and unique!

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Posted by somsai on 18/9/2009 at 19:22

The Gardian article went to press before my blog post of last week, obviously. You've never been to Pakse if you haven't had foe at the Lankham Hotel,:

Idreamof that's like saying what's the big deal about durian, just a mushy fruit. You've never had good foe. (I use Joe Cummings' translilteration)

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Posted by MADMAC on 18/9/2009 at 22:08

Figures you would like it - I hate Durian. Stinks to high heaven.

Easily my favorite Asian dish (if we don't count the Poo Poo platter with pork fried rice I got at South Pacific in Boston) is Gai Pad Met ma Mauang.

As for Korean - without a doubt it's Bulgogi (sp?) for me. Just delicious.

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Posted by mattocmd on 18/9/2009 at 22:30

Korea has the best BBQ restaurants in the world. And I never knew about this style of meat before I came here. They take the pork bellies, the bacon cut, and slice it thick, then you bbq it at your table in the restuarant. Man ol man its good!

Durian is the king of fruits!

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/9/2009 at 12:37

Well then the king should be beheaded!!! Horrible.

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Posted by SBE on 19/9/2009 at 14:46

Has anyone tested the "durian and alcohol do not mix" theory to see if it's true?

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Posted by wanderingcat on 19/9/2009 at 16:04

Has anyone tested the "durian and alcohol do not mix" theory to see if it's true?

there is scientific evidence. study was published this April showing how extracts of durian can inhibit the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase. liver uses this enzyme to reduce blood levels of acetaldehyde (aka. nail polish remover, formed when the liver breaks down alcohol; some released through lungs as 'beer breath') & hence the toxic effects of alcohol metabolism in the body (milder = hangover, severe = lethal).

guess whether or not these two do not mix depends on the individual, boils down to genes. those with mutant forms of the enzyme that are only ~8% as efficient as the normal form (i.e. have low alcohol tolerance) will be the first to KO from this combination ;) what a pity that Caucasians who are more likely to have the normal enzyme are also more likely to hate durian :P

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/9/2009 at 17:07

"what a pity that Caucasians who are more likely to have the normal enzyme are also more likely to hate durian"

I guess I've got the normal enzyme.

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Posted by SBE on 19/9/2009 at 22:18

I've noticed that a lot of foreigners (mostly those with XY genes) can't drink Chang beer because it gives them terrible hangovers. Urban legend has it that Chang is full of formaldahyde but it sounds like it could be something to do with higher levels of nail varnish remover?

Could sensitivity to beer Chang act as a predictor as to whether or not you can safely combine durian and alcohol or not?

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/9/2009 at 23:23

"I've noticed that a lot of foreigners (mostly those with XY genes) can't drink Chang beer because it gives them terrible hangovers."

This is funny - I can't drink Chang, it does give me terrible hangovers.

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Posted by wanderingcat on 21/9/2009 at 11:22

sounds like it could be something to do with higher levels of nail varnish remover?

there shouldn't be high levels of acetaldehyde in the drink. liver has to break down the ethanol in whatever you've imbibed to form it.

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Posted by williamtaylor on 21/9/2009 at 21:30

"I've noticed that a lot of foreigners (mostly those with XY genes) can't drink Chang beer because it gives them terrible hangovers."

The massive changovers probably have little to do with any substance that is contained in Chang and more to do with the massive quantities of Chang that are consumed.

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Posted by SBE on 21/9/2009 at 21:59

Nah, I know lots of guys who drink massive quantities of other brands of beer who flatly refuse to drink even one chang for fear of a crashing headache next morning.

These fragile-livered men are often heineken drinkers. Heinekan is probably my least favourite beer in Thailand ... it tastes like watered-down cats piss to me. I rather like the slightly bitter taste of chang though.

Maybe it is just a question of alcohol content rather than any additives.

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Posted by MADMAC on 21/9/2009 at 22:41

I prefer Leo, and, surprisingly (I used to not particularly like it) beer Lao.

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Posted by wanderingcat on 21/9/2009 at 23:19

reason for MADMAC to visit Laos = tour of Beer Lao factory (along road from Vientiane to Friendship bridge).

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