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Lonely Planet's <i>Ultimate Eatlist</i>, (1st Edition)

Lonely Planet's Ultimate Eatlist, (1st Edition) [©Lonely Planet Food]


Thirteen of the world’s most thrilling culinary experiences are to be had in Australia, according to leading global travel authority Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist, published in mid August.

In the much-anticipated follow-up to Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist, Ultimate Eatlist travels the world with an insatiable appetite to present the definitive foodie bucket-list of the world’s top 500 food experiences – ranked.

In addition to Oysters in Tasmania (#13 on the global list) the twelve other Australian gastronomic encounters ranked in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist are:

  • Bush Tucker in Uluru (#91)
  • Scallop Pie in Tasmania (#185)
  • Anzac biscuits (#241)
  • Mud crab fishing in Darwin (#284)
  • Adelaide’s Central Market (#334)
  • Avocado on toast in Melbourne (#343)
  • Barramundi in the Northern Territory (#364)
  • Meat pie at the MCG (#385)
  • Moreton Bay Bugs in Brisbane (#402)
  • Wallaby tail soup at Flower Drum in Melbourne (#407)
  • Pavlova (#429) and the Lamington (#475).

The top 10 food experiences in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist are:

  1. Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain: “If there’s a better way to explore a culture’s cuisine…we’ll eat our shorts. The simple ones…blow your mind – battered white asparagus, a tuna and anchovy tart or…mushrooms braised with garlic.”
  2. Curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: “Here are fantastic little hawker centres tucked into the shadows of towering skyscrapers, and…you’ll come across competing curry laksa stalls vying for your attention.”
  3. Sushi in Tokyo, Japan: “Take your time and interact with the chef; it’s a perfect opportunity to learn more about this ancient culinary art.”
  4. Beef brisket in Texas, USA: “Keep it simple, and cook it ‘low and slow’ in oak-wood smoke until it’s fall-apart tender and encased in a thin, salty crust.”
  5. Som tum in Bangkok, Thailand: “Rarely does a salad generate so much hype…grabbing a plate of som tum on the street, amid traffic chaos and the stifling heat, is a rite of passage for visitors.”
  6. Smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark: “There are some rules…that help to elevate it to something beyond a piece of bread with toppings.”
  7. Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand: “Visit the New Zealand coast where the crayfish is so good they named a town after it.”
  8. Bibimbap in Seoul, South Korea: “Pretty much flawless food. The ingredients are chosen for specific reasons; red chilli represents your heart, green vegetables for your liver, yellow egg yolk is for your stomach, black or dark items are there for your kidneys, and the white rice for your lungs.”
  9.  Pizza margherita in Naples, Italy: “To eat margherita here is reminiscent of a religious experience.”
  10. Dim sum in Hong Kong: “Sample your dim sum as simply or as extravagantly as your predilections go…nowhere does it like Hong Kong.”

How did Lonely Planet rank the 500 best food experiences in the world?

Lonely Planet asked its food-obsessed writers, bloggers and staffers to name their favourite, most authentic gastronomic encounters. With this long list to hand, we sought to rank the entries: where should you go for the world’s must-have food experiences?

Our team of expert food editors were aided by a panel – made up of chef and TV presenter Adam Liaw and food blogger Leyla Kazim – that evaluated the entries according to the taste of the dish, its cultural importance, and the special atmosphere of the location.

The result is Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist – 500 delicious dishes around the world that will put you in thrilling touch with a place, its people and their way of life.

About Lonely Planet Food:

Lonely Planet Food – an imprint of the world’s leading travel authority, Lonely Planet – was established in 2016 to enable travellers (both on and off the road) to discover the most local, authentic and delicious foodie hotspots around the world.

Lonely Planet believes food and drink are an intrinsic part of travel, so now we’re sharing our foodie knowledge with titles that serve up unforgettable, mouthwatering food and drink experiences across the globe. Explore the culture behind local cuisines, where to find them and how to enjoy them.

Lonely Planet's Ultimate Eatlist is published by Lonely Planet (London, UK, Aug 2018; Hb; 304pp; A$39.99). It is available at all good bookshops and can be purchased online via booko.com.au »

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