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  • 執筆者の写真Hiroshige FUJII

Do you know the most delicious food in the world in 2021?


In 2021, “World’s 50 most delicious foods ranking” has been announced by CNN, an American broadcast station. CNN's Facebook vote elected these, and the number of votes was a whopping 35,000. The result was as follows. (Only top 10 in the article)

No.1 Rendang (Indonesia)

No.2 Nasi Goreng (Indonesia)

No.3 Sushi (Japan)

No.4 Tom Yum Kung (Thailand)

No.5 Pad Thai (Thailand)

No.6 Som Tam (Thailand)

No.7 Dim sum (Hong Kong)

No.8 Ramen (Japan)

No.9 Peking duck (China)

No.10 Massaman curry (Thailand)

Surprisingly, Asian food has been elected from No.1 to No.10. While Westerners have many votes because an American broadcast station sponsored it, the result is quite interesting, right? It showed Asian foods are popular around the world. In the ranking, especially, I paid attention “No.1 Rendang (Indonesia)”. I expected that No.1 is Sushi before seeing this ranking. However, unknown food appeared at the top of the ranking. So then, what kind of food is Rendang which won Sushi, the world’s popular food?

Rendang is one of the Indonesian meat dishes stewed with spices and coconut milk for a long time. Pepper, galangal, lemongrass, shallot, garlic, ginger, turmeric, etc., are used as spices. The taste is curry. Also, beef is often used, but it is sometimes replaced with the liver of a cow, lung of cow, buffalo, goat, chicken, mutton, etc. Importantly, Pork is not used in the food because many Indonesian are Muslim. In addition, Rendang can be stored refrigerated or frozen for a long time. This is Rendang, called the most delicious food in the world.

After seeing the ranking, I thought that “I want to try it”, researching the way to eat Rendang in Japan. As a result, I found that it is sold at the MUJI, one of Japan's popular shops. Immediately, I bought and tried it. Its brown appearance was not luxurious like Sushi. However, the taste was different from the visual. The beef was extremely soft, and the moment I chewed it, various spice tastes were expanding in my mouth because it was stewed with delicious spices for a long time. Thus, I understood why Japanese proud food Sushi lost to Rendang when I tried it the first time.

These days, I have been cooking Asian food, so I decided to research how to cook Rendang. Hmm... I must buy many spices, but it is easy to make, so I would like to try cooking Rendang during summer vacation. If you like it, why don't you try the most delicious food in the world, “Rendang”?

Rendang sold by MUJI <Taken by the writer>


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