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Nutrition Label

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Food labels provide nutrition facts and information about the foods that your family eats.
From the amount of calories, fiber, and total fat grams, to the food’s ingredients, the food label is your key to the nutrition information in the foods you provide to your family.

It can help you to increase the healthy nutrients that you want your family to eat, like calcium and fiber, and limit nutrients that can be unhealthy, like fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

And reading food labels can you to compare foods that you are going to buy and choose foods that are more healthy than others.

The serving size and amount of servings per container is your real key to knowing how many calories and other nutrients are in the foods your family eats.
In general, a food with:

40 calories per serving is low in calories
100 calories per serving is moderate in calories
400 calories or more per serving is high in calories
Remember that many packages contain more than one serving and a typical serving is not necessarily the amount you can eat at one time.
For example, the nutrition label pictured above contains two servings in each container. So if you eat the whole thing by yourself, you are actually eating 500 calories (250 calories per serving X two servings), and not just 250 calories as the label makes it appear.

A common way that people overeat is by consuming oversized portions and underestimating how many calories are in the foods they eat. To help avoid this, you might choose to buy single serving packages or remove a single serving from a larger package and don’t eat out of the bag or box itself. Repackaging large bags or boxes of food into smaller, single serving packages can also be helpful.

http://pediatrics.about.com/od/nutrition/ss/food_labels_2.htm

FATS

Understanding the amount of Total Fat in the foods you eat is important so that you can provide your kids with a low fat diet.
Also keep in mind that unsaturated fats are more healthy than saturated fats and trans fats.

And remember that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that everyone ‘older than 2 are urged to limit their fat intake to 30 percent or less of daily calories, and to keep saturated fat to no more than one third of total fat, or 10 percent of calories.’

So reading the above food label, you should realize that this isn’t the most healthy food for your child to be eating. In addition to being very high in Sodium (which we will discuss later), about 44% of its calories are from fat (110 Fat Cal/250 Calories per serving). Plus it is high in saturated fat, which you just learned you are supposed to limit.

Bad Fats

In general, solid fats contain a lot of saturated fats and/or trans fats. These include many animal products and hydrogenated vegetable oils, including butter, beef fat, chicken fat, pork fat (lard), stick margarine, and shortening.
Most vegetable oils (except coconut oil and palm kernal oil), on the other hand, contain more monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

Trans Fats

Although the amount of trans fats isn’t yet listed on most food labels, you can often identify that they are in a food if it lists ‘partially hydrogenated vegetable oil’ on the ingredient list.
In 2006, the amount of trans fats will be listed on food labels.

Carbohydrates

Unless you are on the Atkins Diet, carbohydrates should be an important source of calories in your diet.
In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that ‘after infancy, children should get about half of their daily calories from carbohydrates.’

Good Carbs

The type of carbs you eat is important though. Instead of foods high in Simple Sugars, you should choose ‘starchy foods like whole grain breads and cereals, beans and rice, potatoes, and pasta.’
Example of whole grain foods include whole wheat bread, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, and whole grain cereals. These are healthier than their refined alternative – white bread, white rice, etc.

Bad Carbs

In addition to choosing foods that don’t have a lot of sugars in them, you can check the ingredient list to avoid foods with added sugars. If things like corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, maltose, dextrose, sucrose, honey, or maple syrup, are listed in the first few ingredients, then the food does have added sugars and you might look for a alternative with less sugar.

http://pediatrics.about.com/od/nutrition/ss/food_labels_4.htm

Dietary Fiber

Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet and most experts recommend that both children and adults eat a high fiber diet.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, ‘people who eat a lot of fiber are less likely to be obese, have heart disease, or develop problems affecting the bowel, including constipation and cancer.’

Eating a lot of foods high in fiber is especially important to prevent and treat constipation in your children.

How much fiber do kids need? The general recommendation is that the amount of fiber that they eat each day should be equal to their age in years plus 5. So a 5 year old needs 10g of fiber each day and a 12 year old needs about 17g.

Foods that are usually high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, and whole grain cereals and breads. And reading food labels can help you to choose foods that are high in fiber. For example, the food label pictured above shows just 1g of dietary fiber, while a food high in fiber, like a can of vegetable soup, might have 4 or 5g of fiber per serving.

Vitamins and Minerals

Reading food labels can also help you find foods that are high in certain vitamins and minerals that your kids need, like calcium and iron.
Remember that 5% DV or less is low and 20% DV or more is high for a food component. Foods that are a good source for a particular vitamin contain between 10 to 19% DV of that nutrient in each serving. So this example is not a good source for any of the vitamins or minerals listed on the food label.

Keep in mind that calcium rich foods contain about 20 to 30 percent of a child’s percent daily value per serving. If your child doesn’t drink a lot of milk or other dairy products that are high in calcium, be sure to check the food labels and find foods high in calcium to make sure that your child gets enough.

Also be aware that teens need more than the 100% DV listed on food labels. They actually need 130% DV of calcium and that makes choosing high calcium foods even more important.

By checking the Calcium % in foods, you will see that certain products, like orange juice, can have any where between 5 and 30% calcium, so check those food labels.

Cholesterol Sodium Protein

Like fat, you should limit the amount of cholesterol and sodium in your child’s diet.
If you consider that 5% DV or less is low and 20% DV or more is high, you can see that the food label pictured above is high in both cholesterol and sodium.

A good way to find foods that are low in sodium is to read labels and choose those foods that have less than 140 mg of sodium per serving or that are labeled as being ‘low in sodium’ or ‘very low in sodium.’

To find foods that are low in cholesterol, look for foods with less than 20 mg of cholesterol per serving.

Protein

Many of today’s popular diets, such as Atkins and the South Beach Diet, put an emphasis on eating a lot of protein and avoiding carbs. However, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, protein should only ‘make up about 10 to 12 percent of each day’s calories.’ And keep in mind that most children in America get more protein than they need in their diet, especially if they eat meat, eggs, milk products, and a variety of plant based foods, such as beans, nuts, and soy products.

Percent Daily Value

Understanding the Percent Daily Values on a food label can help you choose foods that are high in good nutrients and low in bad nutrients.
Remember that 5% DV or less is low and 20% DV or more is high for a food component. So for things like fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, or sodium, look for foods with a low % DV. For these nutrients, you should try to eat less than the 100% DV.

And look for a high % DV for ‘good things,’ like dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. You should be eating at least the 100% DV for these nutrients.

One thing to consider is that the % DV is based on a 2,000 calorie diet, which is the average energy needs for a child that is 7-10 years old. So for your older children and teens, they will likely need more than 100% DV.

Also remember that the Percent Daily Values are listed for a single serving, so if you eat two servings, you should double %DV. For this food label, you can see that eating two servings provides your kids with almost 80% of their Percent Daily Value of sodium!

Ingredients

Reviewing the ingredients list is important, especially if your kids have food allergies. Reading the food label pictured above, you can see that this food has cow’s milk, wheat flour, and eggs, so wouldn’t be a good idea for a child with a milk, wheat and/or egg allergy.
The ingredient list can also help you identify ‘hidden’ ingredients, like added sugars (bad), whole grains (good), and trans fats (bad).

Added Sugars

Foods with added sugars will list corn syrup, fruit juice concentrates, honey, molasses, etc. on their ingredient list. Other names for added sugars can include:
brown sugar
corn sweetener
dextrose
fructose
glucose
high-fructose corn syrup
invert sugar
lactose
maltose
malt syrup
raw sugar
sucrose
sugar
syrup
Whole Grains

The ingredient list can also help you find foods made with whole grains, which are healthier and are preferred to refined grains. Whole grain foods should have one of the following whole grain ingredients listed as their first ingredient:
whole wheat
whole oats
brown rice
bulgar
graham flour
oatmeal
whole grain corn
whole rye
wild rice
On the other hand, a food is not made with whole grains if it is labeled with the words multi-grain, 100% wheat, seven-grain, stone-ground, bran, or cracked wheat.
Trans Fats

Although the amount of trans fats isn’t yet listed on most food labels, making them hard to avoid, you can often identify that they are in a food if it lists ‘partially hydrogenated vegetable oil’ on the ingredient list.

http://pediatrics.about.com/od/nutrition/ss/food_labels_9.htm

What are the world’s most delicious foods?

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What are the world’s most delicious foods? We thought we knew. Apparently we don’t.

Our list of the World’s 50 most delicious foods stimulated some impassioned debate about the conspicuous lack of French dishes and the merits of ketchup over mayonnaise.

“Ketchup? Pop Corn? Chips? Plenty of Thai but few Malay food? What about Chinese (Sichuan, Cantonese, etc)? No Brazilian or Argentinean?” queried commenter Max.

Reader LoveFoods wrote, “OMG why are people hating? If you don’t like the list, make your own! I love Thai and Japanese foods.”

LoveFoods was right. So we threw it open to a vote on a Facebook poll.

And now, after more than 35,000 votes, it appears we got it all wrong. The world’s most delicious food is not Massaman curry, as we suggested, but a meaty, spicy, gingery dish from west Sumatra.

Couscous and lemon curd cake both took scores of votes, but didn’t make the list. Some 439 people thought gelato deserved a place in online history.

The top 50 foods according to CNNGo readers are below. Bon appetit.

Goi cuon
50. Little packages of delightful herbal freshness.
50. Goi cuon, Vietnam

This snack made from pork, shrimp, herbs, rice vermicelli and other ingredients wrapped in rice paper is served at room temperature. It’s “meat light,” with the flavors of refreshing herbs erupting in your mouth.

Dipped in a slightly sweet sauce laced with ground peanuts, it’s wholesome, easy and the very definition of “moreish.”
lechon
49. Great tan, better taste..jgn try,harem
49. Lechon, Philippines

Young pigs, chosen for their tender meat, are rotated and roasted thoroughly over a fire pit for hours. The result is a thin layer of crispy skin on juicy, succulent meat. Every mouthful makes you wonder why you eat anything else.

Great way to kick off this list.

Also on CNNGo: The making of Bali’s incredible pig roast
maple syrup
46. Canada’s greatest food.
48. Parma ham, Italy

Possibly the most versatile food of all. You see it folded around melon, wrapped around grissini, placed over pizza, heaped over salad.

There’s good reason for that: these salty, paper-thin slices of air-dried ham lift the taste of everything they accompany to a higher level, following the same theory as the Italian guy who thinks carrying around a copy of “Candide” makes up for the tiny Speedos.

Also on CNNGo: 11 artery-clogging and delicious Vietnamese dishes
Roti prata
45. A flippin’ great dish.
47. Fettucini alfredo, Italy

Saying no to fettucini alfredo is like turning down Monica Bellucci. It’s just wrong.

The main ingredients are butter and Parmesan cheese; it’s rich and creamy and it can be made in 15 minutes (consumption time included). A good serving of this can turn dinner with the family into something you actually look forward to.
Hamburger
42. Yes I love you. Now gimme a bite.
46. Maple syrup, Canada

With poutine and Montreal-style smoked meat not making the top 50, maple syrup becomes the sole Canadian representative in the list. But before selling you on its natural flavor and balanced sweetness, we must give credit to its mentor, the waffle, playing Batman to maple syrup’s edgier, sexier Robin.
bibimbap
40. See, healthy food can taste good.
45. Roti prata, Singapore

The truth is curry wouldn’t be curry if it wasn’t for this dough-based pancake.

Looks and tastes like Indian naan, roti prata is flipped and turned and flipped again before it’s heated over a grill plate. Its preparation is so theatrical you’ll feel like dancing a jig while you’re eating it.
44. Laksa, Singapore

Whether it originates in Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia as reader Bob Haris Mandela claimed, an authentic bowl of laksa always comes with slippery vermicelli, a spicy broth (the spicier the better), generous toppings of shredded chicken and fresh prawns.

One whiff of its pungent curry-coconut aroma and you’ll be transported to all three countries. Best way to travel ever.

Also on CNNGo: 40 delicious Singapore foods
Masala Dosa
39. Breakfast for one billion people.
43. Fajitas, Mexico

This assembly kit of a dining experience is a thrill to DIY enthusiasts everywhere.

Step 1: Behold the meat sizzling on a fiery griddle. Step 2: Along with the meat, throw side servings of capsicum, onion, guacamole, sour cream and salsa into a warm, flour tortilla. Step 3: Promise all within hearing range that you’ll have “just one more.” Step 4: Repeat.
molten chocolate
38. The dessert you can use to compare all the world’s restaurants.
42. Hamburger, Germany

When something tastes so good that people spend US$20 billion each year in a single restaurant chain devoted to it, you know it has to fit into this list. McDonald’s may not offer the best burgers, but that’s the point — it doesn’t have to.

The bread-meat-salad combination is so good that entire countries have ravaged their eco-systems just to produce more cows.
41. Galbi, Korea

“Yeah, I would have thrown Kalbi Jim or something similar on there,” wrote reader Nobody. “Some Korean dishes are savagely good.”

We could forgive Nobody for opening 222 Facebook accounts to put Galbi in the list. But we’re pretty sure the balance of sweet and savory in Korean short ribs means there’s no underhand vote-rigging required.

Also on CNNGo: Best 7 restaurants for the Seoul herbivore
potato chips
37. The world’s cheapest delicacy?
40. Bibimbap, Korea

Mixed vegetables and beef, sitting atop steaming-hot rice, held together by a half-raw egg. The beauty of this Korean dish lies at least partially in the diner’s DIY mixing of the ingredients.

Bibambap is best when served in a heated stone bowl, and eaten with metal chopsticks.
39. Masala dosa, India

A crispy, rice-batter crepe encases a spicy mix of mashed potato, which is then dipped in coconut chutney, pickles, tomato-and-lentil-based sauces and other condiments. It’s a fantastic breakfast food that’ll keep you going till lunch, when you’ll probably come back for another.

Also on CNNGo: 40 delicious Mumbai foods
shrimp dumpling in hong kong
34. Small but brilliant.
38. Warm brownie and vanilla ice cream, Global

There are some diners who will not frequent an establishment if it does not have brownie and ice cream on the dessert menu. You may call them fools.

We do, too, but having done so we then happily leave the first restaurant after the main course to visit one we know has this perfect dessert on offer.
lobster
32. If you were on a million menus you’d have big claws too.
37. Potato chips, United States

Despite major criticisms suggesting that potato chips aren’t real food, voters like Deepti Ravi believe that they “rock.”

What started as a chef’s trick on a fussy diner is now one of the world’s most child-friendly foods. But think of them this way — if a single chip cost, say, US$5, it’d be a far greater (and more popular) delicacy than caviar, a prize worth fighting wars over.

fried chicken
31. Clucking great.
36. Moo nam tok, Thailand

Grilled pork combined with lemon juice, green onions, chili, mint sprigs, fish sauce and toasted rice. Legend has it the blood from the meat along with the dressing inspired some happy carnivore to name this brilliant dish “waterfall (nam tok moo) meat.”
35. Neapolitan pizza, Italy

The best pizza was and still is the simple Neapolitan, an invention now protected by its own trade association that insists on sea salt, high-grade wheat flour, the use of only three types of fresh tomatoes, hand-rolled dough and the strict use of a wood-fired oven, among other quality stipulations.

With just a few ingredients — dough, tomatoes, olive oil, salt and basil (the marinara pizza does not even contain cheese) — the Neapolitans created a food that few make properly, but everyone enjoys thoroughly.
34. Shrimp dumpling, Hong Kong

Succulent shrimps, steamed well but not overdone, wrapped inside translucent rice paper. This simple form of dim sum has been a must-eat dish for decades.

Also on CNNGo: 40 delicious Hong Kong foods

Words on the street say the more pleat folds there are the more skillful the chef is.
33. Seafood paella, Spain

The sea is lapping the shore by your feet, a warm breeze whips the tablecloth around your legs and a steamy pan of paella sits in front of you. Shrimp, lobster, mussels and cuttlefish combine with white rice and various herbs, oil and salt in this Valencian dish to send you immediately into holiday mode.

Though if you have it in Spain, you’re probably there already.
32. Lobster, Global

Forget all your fancy, contrived lobster dishes deployed by showoff chefs eager for Michelin endorsement. When you have something as naturally delicious as these little fellas, keep it simple. The best way to enjoy lobster is simply to boil it and serve with a side of melted butter and slice of lemon.
31. Fried chicken, United States

“I have had almost everything. But they left off fried chicken… ” reader Michelle Souza commented.

Michelle: your fellow readers have made up for this unforgivable lapse. This all-time American favorite makes its entry with all the artery-choking goodness that made Colonel Sanders a very happy, if not healthy, man.

BBQ pork
28. The best pork comes barbecued and honey-drizzled.
30. Cheeseburger, United States

The power of cheese? Add it to an ordinary hamburger, the food gets pushed up 13 spots in the poll.
Penang Assam Laksa
26. As photogenic as a food can get.
29. Chili crab, Singapore

Reader ST suggested that chili crabs, contrary to popular beliefs, aren’t difficult to make. “Fantastic list of delicious food! Chilli Crabs are actually very easy to prepare. Here is an easy recipe for you :)”

ST forgot to mention, however, that it is difficult to stop eating it.

Also on CNNGo: Food fight! Malaysia wants its ‘unique’ dishes back
bulgogi
23. The messiest, meatiest food for champions.
28. Barbecue pork, Hong Kong

Along with many comments left by reader Louis4, s/he wrote, “TX bbq tastes like turds. Is that all you have beside that boring food?”

Here you go, Louis4. Your fellow readers suggested the Chinese version of barbecue pork. This honey-coated meat is sweet, tender and it goes well with everything — rice, noodles or even by itself.

Ask for the half-fat, half-lean barbecue pork to really indulge in this delicacy.
egg tart
22. Egg on your face can be a good thing.
27. Tacos, Mexico

A fresh, handmade tortilla stuffed with small chunks of grilled beef rubbed in oil and sea salt then covered with guacamole, salsa, onions, cilantro or anything else you want — perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is the reason few visitors leave Mexico weighing less than when they arrived.

Fish and chips
21. A salty, vinegary homage to the basics.
26. Penang assam laksa, Malaysia

Poached, flaked mackerel, tamarind, chili, mint, lemongrass, onion, pineapple … one of Malaysia’s most popular dishes is an addictive spicy-sour fish broth with noodles (especially great when fused with ginger), that’ll have your nose running before the spoon even hits your lips.
25. Chocolate, Mexico

The Mayans drank it, Lasse Hallström made a film about it and the rest of us get over the guilt of eating too much of it by eating more of it. The story of the humble cacao bean is a bona fide out-of-the-jungle, into-civilization tale of culinary wonder.

Without this creamy, bitter-sweet confection, Valentine’s Day would be all cards and flowers, Easter would turn back into another dull religious event and those halcyon days of gorging yourself to eruption point at Christmas would be fanciful imaginings.
pho
20. Vietnam’s answer to “What should I eat today?”
24. Fried rice, Thailand

It’s true, anyone can fry rice. But can you fry it as well as the Thais? We suspect not.

Also on CNNGo: 40 delicious Thai foods
23. Bulgogi, Korea

Literally meaning “fire” and “meat”, this Korean dish has been in existence for nearly 1,000 years.

A bowl of bulgogi gives everything you need in a balanced diet — carbohydrate (rice), protein (beef and egg), vitamins and minerals (mixed vegetables), and fat (oil). Four good reasons to order a second bowl.

Also on CNNGo: Buldak: South Korea’s torturous but irresistible dish

Green curry
19. It’s easy eating green.
22. Egg tart, Hong Kong

Flaky on the crust with a sweet and smooth egg custard in the middle, egg tarts are best eaten hot when they’re fresh out of an oven. This dessert can be ordered in the most rundown bakeries and most glamorous hotels in Hong Kong.

Former Governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, declared eating egg tarts one of his favorite pastimes in the city.

Also on CNNGo: Behind the scenes of Hong Kong’s most loved egg tart bakery
Gelato
17. So many flavors to choose. Why bother?
21. Fish ‘n’ chips, England

Anything that’s been around since the 1860s can’t be doing much wrong. The staple of the Victorian British working class is a crunchy-outside, soft-inside dish of simple, un-adorned food fundamentals.

Sprinkled with salt, vinegar and dollops of tartar sauce, it is to nouveau cuisine what Meat Loaf is to Prince (or whatever he’s calling himself now).
20. Pho, Vietnam

This oft-mispronounced national dish (“fuh” is correct) is just broth, fresh rice noodles, a few herbs and usually chicken or beef. But it’s greater than the sum of its parts — fragrant, tasty and balanced, the polar opposite of the moto rider who brought you to the little café where you find the best stuff.

19. Green curry, Thailand

Kermit got it wrong. It’s not hard being green, it’s delicious. For many this coconutty-creamy and spicy curry should have made the top 10. Goes with steamed rice like bikinis go with Thai beaches.
Satay
14. Stick it, soak it, eat it, lick it.

18. Croissant, France

Flaky pastry smothered in butter, a pile of raspberry jam smeared over the top and a soft, giving bite as you sink in your teeth; there’s nothing not to love about this fatty, sweet breakfast food that must be married to a cup of strong coffee.
kimchi
12. How much money have Korean restaurants lost out on by giving this away for free?
17. Gelato, Italy

Thanks to “Eat, Pray, Love,” the best dessert in Italy is now more popular than ever. True gelato makers use only fresh ingredients and no artificial flavors or colors, and allow you to mix and match as many different flavors as you want.

With a higher density and less fat than ice cream, gelato often tastes richer but healthier — perfect for your own “no-carb-left-behind” experiment.
lasagna
11. Lasagna is right on so many levels.
16. Kebab, Turkey

For keeping starvation at bay for the entire student population of the United Kingdom, the doner kebab should clearly be honored. But they are hardly the delicious prototype worthy of representing a region.

Reader Elena Vorobyeva told us, “There are so many forms and shapes of it: doner, iskender kebab, shish kebab, chop shish kebab, orman kebab, etc.”

So summon the shish kebab. Pick your meat, shove a stick through it, grill. Then wonder why you don’t eat like this every day.
15. Ice cream, United States

Somehow there’s always room for a tooth-rotting, U.S.-style pile of ice cream with nuts, marshmallows and chocolate sauce.

Thank God for extra long spoons that allow you get at the real weight-gain stuff all mixed up and melted at the bottom of the glass.

Also on CNNGo: Best cold treats in Hong Kong
14. Satay, Indonesia

Reader Paul Peh wrote, “I can make satay too but the prep will take at least half the day and [the eating will be done] in less than half hr. lol.”

Half an hour? What’s the hold up? Last time we drowned some skewered meat with this peanut-based sauce we were ready for seconds before you could say “mmmm”.
13. Chicken rice, Singapore

Often called the “national dish” of Singapore, this steamed or boiled chicken is served atop fragrant oily rice, with sliced cucumber as the token vegetable. Variants include roasted chicken or soy sauce chicken.

The dipping sauces — premium dark soy sauce, chili with garlic and pounded ginger — give it that little extra oomph to ensure whenever you’re not actually in Singapore eating chicken rice, you’re thinking of it.
12. Kimchi, Korea

Is Korea the most generous nation or what? Korean restaurants provide this starter dish of fermented vegetables for free. Perhaps because few Koreans can last more than two days without it.
11. Lasagna, Italy

Lasagna overtook pizza to become the most sought-after Italian food in this delicacy list. There’s a reason this pasta-layered, tomato-sauce-infused, minced-meaty gift to kids and adults alike is so popular — it just works.

Dee Dodge wrote, “I love Lasagna.” The lack of exclamation marks tells you how seriously true fans take this dish.

Massaman curry
10. Still a top 10 entry.
10. Massaman curry, Thailand

Although not the world’s most delicious food, it is still emphatically the king of curries. Spicy, coconutty, sweet and savory, its combination of flavors has more personality than a Thai election.

Even the packet sauce you buy from the supermarket can make the most delinquent of cooks look like a Michelin potential. Thankfully, someone invented rice, with which diners can mop up the last drizzles of curry sauce.
Ramen
8. World’s loudest food?

“The Land of Smiles” isn’t just a marketing tag-line. It’s a result of being born in a land where the best curry is sold on nearly every street corner.
9. Peking duck, China

“Peking duck! its a wonder…..” wrote Shan Cao on our Facebook page.

We can only guess Shan Cao was in the middle of forking a piece of this maltose-syrup glazed duck dish into his/her mouth and forgot to finish the sentence. Slow-roasted in an oven, the crispy, syrup-coated skin is so good that authentic eateries will serve more skin than meat, and bring it with pancakes, onions and hoisin or sweet bean sauce.

Other than flying or floating, this is the only way you want your duck.
dim sum in hong kong
7. Family lunches are fun again.
8. Ramen, Japan

Japanese protocol says the tastier your ramen is, the louder you should slurp it up to show respect to your chef. Not that they need more respect. One mouthful of this most Japanese of noodle broths will quickly tell you that either you have a ramen trigger in your brain, or Japanese chefs are geniuses.

Also on CNNGo: 40 delicious Japanese foods
7. Dim sum, Hong Kong

Equally fun and delicious to eat, a trip to Hong Kong isn’t complete without trying this traditional Cantonese lunch food. Popular with everyone from pass-through tourists to local kids and the elderly, most dim sum come in bite-size pieces so you don’t have to waste time cutting the stuff up.

Bring a few friends and wash the food down with the free-flow tea.
pad thai
5. Even better when it’s messy.
6. Som tam (Papaya salad), Thailand

After reading reader Kun Chotpakdeetrakul’s comment, “Papaya salad and som tam [are] the same thing. You should combine vote for these two together,” we did just that, pushing som tam to just 80 votes shy of the top five.

To prepare Thailand’s iconic salad, pound garlic and chilies with a mortar and pestle. Toss in tamarind juice, fish sauce, peanuts, dried shrimp, tomatoes, lime juice, sugar cane paste, string beans and a handful of grated green papaya.

Also on CNNGo: Everything you need to know about som tam — including where to find it
tom yum goong
4. Do you eat or drink soup? Either way just get it inside you.
5. Pad thai, Thailand

Here’s a food Thai people can’t live without.

Similar to Bulgogi (see #22), pad Thai is packed with nutrients stirred into one glorious fried-noodle dish.

The secret’s in the sauce — tamarind paste. If anyone ever creates a Hall of Food Fame, that should be first on the list.
sushi
3. Rice, salmon, wasabi — world’s greatest trio?
4. Tom yam goong, Thailand

Reader Supot Sakulwongtana made it clear that “delicious includes a little bit hot.” A little bit hot is right because you need room for a load more flavors too.

This Thai masterpiece teems with shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves. Usually loaded with coconut milk and cream, the hearty soup unifies a host of favorite Thai tastes: sour, salty, spicy and sweet. Best of all is the price: cheap.
Nasi Goreng
2. More rice — a common factor in many of these dishes.
3. Sushi, Japan

When Japan wants to build something right, it builds it really right. Brand giants such as Toyota, Nintendo, Sony, Nikon and Yamaha may have been created by people fueled by nothing more complicated than raw fish and rice, but it’s how the fish and rice is put together that makes this a global first-date favorite.

This perfect marriage between raw fish and rice has easily kept sushi in the top five. And like one reader, Nymayor, wrote, “Now to be fair, DELICIOUS can be simple.”

The Japanese don’t live practically forever for no reason — they want to keep eating this stuff.

Also: How to eat sushi properly
2. Nasi goreng, Indonesia

“I like rendang and nasi goreng, two of most popular food in Indonesia!” Reader Rizky Ramadhika’s got it. And thousands of other voters agreed.

The wonder of combining rice with egg, chicken and prawns strikes again. The second fried rice to make the list, this Indonesian delight received more than 10 times the vote of its Thai counterpart (see #23), propelling the former from non-runner to runner-up.
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1. No. 1 as voted by you.
1. Rendang, Indonesia

Reader Kamal F Chaniago showed great foresight when he wrote, “Rendang is the best.” A clear winner with a loyal following, this beefy dish can now rightfully claim the title of “World’s Most Delicious Food.”

Beef is slowly simmered with coconut milk and a mixture of lemongrass, galangal, garlic, turmeric, ginger and chilies, then left to stew for a few hours to create this dish of tender, flavorful bovine goodness.

The Indonesian dish is often served at ceremonial occasions and to honored guests. It’s not only delicious but also comes with a simple recipe. If you haven’t already, go ahead and take reader Isabela Desita’s advice: “Rendang should be the first! It’s really nice, you should try!”

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