KL Curry Laksa Beats Penang Laksa For #2 Spot In Lonely Planet’s ‘Ultimate Eatlist’

10 other Malaysian dishes also made it to the list of 500!

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Malaysia has once again proven its culinary supremacy in the global food scene as our curry laksa takes second place out of 500 entries on Lonely Planet's 'Ultimate Eatlist'

Specifically, Lonely Planet believes every foodie should try curry laksa in good ol' Kuala Lumpur at least once in their life.

All 500 entries were curated and published into a physical tome for the most daring food and travel kakis to tick off, one by one. 

Editorial Director Tom Hall says 'Ultimate Eatlist' is about "the overall experience of eating a particular dish in a specific location"

The list curates the world's top foodie experiences as recommended by top chefs, food writers and Lonely Planet authors.

Malaysian-born MasterChef Australia winner Adam Liaw and The Cutlery Chronicles food blogger Leyla Kazim were brought onboard to assist Lonely Planet's food editors with the definitive rankings.

Each entry was evaluated based on its "taste, its cultural importance, and the special atmosphere of the location," writes Lonely Planet's Annemarie McCarthy.

Malaysians can also be proud that we nabbed a total of 11 spots on the list!

The other 10 encounters include:

- Ikan bakar (#60)
- Penang assam laksa (#123)
- Beef rendang (#268)
- Wantan mee (#299)
- Kaya toast (#352)
- Roti canai (#404)
- Char kway teow (#432)
- Durian (#445)
- Hokkien mee (#464)
- Bak kut teh (#468)

Sitting on top of the list of 500 encounters from around the world is pintxos in San Sebastian, Spain, while sushi in Tokyo took the third spot

According to the San Sebastian Turismo, pintxos are bite-sized snacks, typically eaten in bars, that range from the "original slice of bread piled with food" to "tiny miniature haute cuisine creations". 

The name is derived from the the cocktail stick (a.k.a. the "pintxo") that holds all the piled-up food in place. In other words, pintxos are San Sebastian's more delicious version of tapas

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Of course, there is no other sushi-eating experience as authentic as having it in Tokyo, Japan. After all, that is where the infamous Tsukiji Market is located.

Known as one of the world's largest fish markets, Tsukiji sees a handling of over 2,000 tons of marine products per day, according to

Meanwhile, neighbouring Singapore roars into 17th place for its chilli crab

It's been called the "unofficial national dish" by citizens.

Visit Singapore claims the "world famous dish" had its beginnings from a pushcart run by a couple in 1956.

The wife, Cher Yam Tian, was encouraged by her husband to experiment with different ways to cook crabs. Her first attempt was to stir-fry crabs with tomato sauce. She added chilli sauce later on for more "kick" to the dish. They sold their chilli crabs along Kallang River before eventually opening a restaurant called Palm Beach due to massive demand and popularity.

The modern and most common version adds sambal, tomato paste and eggs for the gravy. It was reinvented by a famous chef, who went on to open the Dragon Phoenix restaurant.

Chilli crab got so famous, that even Malaysian seafood restaurants have gotten in on the craving.

Here are the Top 20 encounters you’ll want to check off your foodie bucket list according to Lonely Planet’s ‘Ultimate Eatlist’:

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


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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

Pastéis de nata

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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

Lonely Planet loves our coffee too, listing Ipoh as one of the top three coffee destinations:

If you're feeling adventurous, try all of Malaysia's laksa variants:

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