7 #foodporn Countries Worth Visit

“Eat to live or live to eat?” It depends on how an individual thinks about it. Some are willing to splash cash in trying new and unique food. However, there are some who thinks that it’s just a waste of money.

Question:  Which countries’ food worth the try and travel?”

Before I came up with this post, there are few mails I received asking me for suggestion – which countries offers the best food in the world without breaking the banks? Based on my researches and travel experiences, here are the 7 #foodporn countries that I think worth your visit at least once.

Top left to Bottom right: Braised Pork Rice, Oyster Vermicilli, Oyster Omelette and Tian Bu La


Based on my experience in Taiwan, I can’t deny anything but to admit Taiwan is one of the best 7 #foodporn countries. Small eats, and a lot of them, are the big thing in Taiwan. It seems like the philosophy in Taiwan is eat well and more.

In Taipei, the capital city of Taipei, it has around 20 streets which offers variety of snacks. One of the notable street markets is Shilin Night Market, largest and best-known night market in Taipei. At here, there are lots of foods can be found ranging from their popular Sausage Wrapped in Glutinous Rice, Braised Pork Rice and many more. If you’re sick of snacks offered in night market, you can go for cheap shopping at all the night markets.

Must eat: Braised Pork Rice, Oyster Omelet, Tian Bu La & Oyster Vermicilli.


Spaghetti Bolognese, Salami, Pizza and Lasagna
Spaghetti Bolognese, Salami, Pizza and Lasagna


Never been to Italy but we all know that Italy offers the best cuisine in the world. Pasta, Lasagna and sauces which mix with the pastas are the most common food that has enslaved tastebuds around the globe for centuries. Undeniably, CNN has ranked Italy as the country which has the best food in the world. It is easy to made and available in all countries. Not to forget everyone’s favourite – Pizza!


Roti Canai, Nasi Lemak, Satay Ayam & Daging and Chao Kueh Teow

Malaysia & Singapore (2 Countries)

So, Malaysia and Singapore to be combined as one as they share the more likely the same dishes that they offered. What makes these two countries the ideal place for foodhunters is because of their diverse culture in Malaysia and Singapore and local ethnicity in Malaysia (East Malaysia).

Nasi Lemak, Chao Kueh Teow, Roti Canai, Satay, Teh Tarik Ice and etc. are the main food that we Malaysians and Singaporeans would order. So, do not miss this while traveling in these countries. Of course, travelers traveling in Malaysia and Singapore should not miss out those hawker stalls (Singapore) or simply called mamak stalls in Malaysia. You can get a good food with a cheap price!

Must eat: Roti Canai, Nasi Lemak. Satay, Chao Kueh Teow, Malacca Chicken Rice Ball and many more.


Dim Sum, typical Hong Kong cuisine.  Picture adapted from supraforums.com
Dim Sum, typical Hong Kong cuisine.
Picture adapted from supraforums.com

Hong Kong

The food in Hong Kong is mainly influenced by Cantonese and Non-cantonese cuisine. From the roadside stalls to the most upscale restaurants, Hong Kong provides an unlimited variety of food in every class. Hong Kong ‘Cha Chan Teng’ is the famous type of restaurants which tourists and locals would like to go especially having their breakfast. In the same time, you will get to blend into their culture as you watch how the local start off their day in Hong Kong. Furthermore, not to forget to try Hong Kong’s favourite breakfast – Dim Sum.

Must eat: Dim Sum, Wife Cake, Put Chai Ko and Beef Jerky.


Tom Yum Goong (Famous Dish in Thailand). Picture from: papayapokpok.wordpress.com


The Land of Smiles not only offers the best places for backpackers to travel around but their food are also consider as one of the best in the world. According to my research (since I like to eat and not cook), Thai cooking emphasizes on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic ingredients and spicy sauces. It is known for its complex interplay of at least three to all five fundamental taste sense. Therefore, this is why there are 7 Thailand dishes entered the list of “World’s 50 Most Delicious Food in the world” in 2011.

One more thing to notice is the Tom Yum soup as it is one of the food which is best known in Thailand. One shall not miss out the chance of trying out their tom yum! Trust me, it’s awesome. However, non-spicy eaters might have difficulties in trying this dish.

Must eat: Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai, Green Curry Chicken and Pineapple Fried Rice


Sushi, common and the national food in Japan perhaps. Adapted from: bwsushi.com
Sushi, common and the national food in Japan perhaps.
Adapted from: bwsushi.com


We can’t deny that Japan offers the best food in the world. It is also the home of Salmon, Sashimi and all the don(s) and mi(s). Not sure with travelers outside Malaysia but Malaysians like Japanese cuisine very much. Raw, noodle, teppanyaki, bento and even Gyoza is available everywhere in Malaysia. That is why many travelers traveling in Japan would like to try at least Udon noodles and Sushi once! I’ve been to Japan when I was a young kid and the Udon noodles I’d tried is delicious!

Must eat: Sushi & Shashimi, Udon Noodles, Miso Soup and Tempura.


*Writing based on my opinions, travel experiences and bit of research*
You can share your opinions thru the comment box below =)


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Though they offer the same dishes the style of Malaysian food and Singaporean food is way different! Malaysian food is WAY more tasty than its Singaporean counterparts. On the other hand I always got the feel that the food in Singapore is “purer” in a way.

    1. Elton Hiew says:

      Wah. Hmm, maybe different people has their different point of view, Fei. Yeah, I agree with your comments by the way. =D

  2. I love Italian food so that is for now my #1 place to visit for food. As for the Asian countries, I would love Taiwan and its night markets.

    1. Elton Hiew says:

      Cool! Yes. I never been to Italy but one day I would like to go and try their cuisine!

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