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Sushi “World’s 4th Most Delicious Food”


A ranking of the world’s most delicious foods published by CNN has been attracting attention in Japan, as much for including such gourmet delights as pizza, popcorn and hamburgers as for placing sushi 4th…

The ranking:

1. Massaman curry, Thailand

2. Neapolitan pizza, Italy

3. Chocolate, Mexico

4. Sushi, Japan

“If this was a “most beautiful” foods list, this would be no. 1.”

5. Peking duck, China

6. Hamburger, Germany

7. Penang assam laksa, Malaysia

8. Tom yum goong, Thailand

9. Ice cream, United States

10. Chicken muamba, Gabon

11. Rendang, Indonesia

12. Shepherd’s pie, Britain

13. Corn on the cob, global

14. Donuts, United States

15. Kalua pig, United States

16. Egg tart, Hong Kong

17. Lobster, global

18. Kebab, Iran

19. Nam tok moo, Thailand

20. Arepas, Venezuela

21. Croissant, France

22. Brownie and vanilla ice cream, global

23. Lasagna, Italy

24. Champ, Ireland

25. Butter garlic crab, India

26. Fajitas, Mexico

27. Montreal-style smoked meat, Canada

28. Pho, Vietnam

29. Ohmi-gyu beef steak, Japan

30. Goi cuon (summer roll), Vietnam

31. Parma ham, Italy

32. Ankimo, Japan

33. Fish ‘n’ chips, Britain

34. Maple syrup, Canada

35. Chili crab, Singapore

36. Texas barbecue pork, United States

37. Chicken parm, Australia

38. French toast, Hong Kong

39. Ketchup, United States

40. Marzipan, Germany

41. Stinky tofu, Southeast Asia

43. Tacos, Mexico

44. Poutine, Canada

45. Chicken rice, Singapore

46. Som tam, Thailand

47. Seafood paella, Spain

48. Potato chips, United States

49. Masala dosa, India

50. Buttered popcorn, United States

Naturally, a food ranking including burgers and popcorn and having more British foods than French is bound to prove controversial anywhere, and even more so where it includes Japanese foods in competition with Chinese foods and being eaten by hairy barbarians…


“To be blunt, what the world calls sushi and what Japan calls sushi are two different things.”

“It would be best if sushi is for the Japanese only.”

“Only Japanese can understand the taste of sushi.”

“I’ve never even heard of most of these.”

“Aren’t the Koreans pissed that kimchee is not number one?”

“There’s 3 Japanese foods, 2 Chinese ones and 0 Korean, of course.”

“The food is the only good thing about China…”

“Ankimo. What the hell…”

“Japanese sushi and foreign sushi are two different things.”

“Shouldn’t ‘curry’ be number one? Who the hell’s even heard of ‘massaman curry’?”

“If you let Americans decide this sort of thing they’ll just pick pizza and hamburgers. Leave it to the Europeans.”

“Sushi isn’t even that nice. It’s just pretentious food critics praising it to give themselves airs.”

“It was just Japanese fast food to start with. Nothing to get stuck up about.”

“Quit praising sushi, you’ll push the price of tuna even higher…”

“Honestly, you can say sushi is a beautiful food but with chocolate, ice cream and burgers this ranking is rather suspect.”

“Of all the Chinese food they could pick, why Peking duck?”

“Sushi isn’t that good. There are a lot of other Japanese foods which seem more worthy to me.”

“American sushi is amazing – they are really perfecting something as simple as fish and rice with all kinds of seasoning, presentation and preparation.”

“Eat sushi every day and you’ll soon be sick of it. You can eat curry every day and never get tired of it – that’s an amazing food!”

“Sushi was never a gourmet food, it was peasant food.”

“Is sushi even cooking? It’s just cut fish on rice.”

“The ranking has burgers in it. It’s nothing. Who cares if sushi is number 4 in such a list.”

“Thai curry outranking Indian curry is a bit strange…”

“The Japanese press had organised this, Korean food would be number one for sure.”

“A laughable ranking made by Americans. How can you take a gourmet ranking which includes hamburgers seriously?”

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