Top 10 Cuisines of the World – Popularity Wise

The immense number of cuisines which could be a part of this list is evidence of the fact that the world is getting smaller day by day. As more and more people move from their countries to a foreign country they carry their cuisines and recipes with them, and they introduce their friends and neighbours to new dishes and a new style of cooking.

Here are some of the world’s most popular cuisines:


1. Chinese:

There is probably a Chinese restaurant in every part of the world, and every country has adapted this cuisine to suit their particular taste buds. Chinese noodles and fried rice have become a part of the weekly menus in many homes, and they are America’s most popular take home items. The true Chinese food fans have even learnt how to eat with chopsticks to get the true Chinese experience. Easy to cook and fairly economical, it is believed that one third of the world eats Chinese food every day.


2. Italian:

Pizzas and pasta have contributed to make this one of the world’s most popular cuisines. Today it has moved much beyond the simple pizza to specialised Italian restaurants which serve finest Italian entree’s and their fabulous desserts. With over 400 types of cheese, they have introduced the world to the amazing versatility of cheese as a primary food ingredient.


3. Indian:

The ever popular chicken curry and chicken tikka masala are among the world’s most popular dishes. Indian cuisine is of many types, but most people in the world associate it with just curry and biryani and naan, which are basically recipes from the northern regions of India. However with the growing number of Indian restaurants everywhere, people are beginning to sample other forms of Indian food such as dosas from the south, pohe from the west and maach from the east.


4. French:

French cuisine has always been considered to be among the best in the world, but it has not achieved the popularity of the Chinese and Italian cuisines. However their restaurants are among the finest in the world and they have influenced many cuisines all over the world. Wine is an essential part of all their meals and they set the standard for stylish cooking and serving.


5. Thai:

Many people tend to equate Thai food with Chinese food, but there is a world of difference between the two. The Thai green and red curries are very popular and their balanced fusion of hot, sour and sweet ingredients makes for great combinations. True Thai food is made with fresh herbs and rice is one their main staples.


6. Spanish:

A sangria accompanying the delicious variety of Spanish food is one of the joys of this world. Spanish cooking is mainly done with olive oil, and the diverse assortment of seafood available, and the range of Tapas offered as an appetizer have all contributed towards the popularity of this cuisine.


7. Japanese:

Lightly cooked, with a minimal number of spices and ingredients, Japanese cooking is rapidly becoming all the rage. Judging from its popularity their signature dish seems to be sushi, but there are many other dishes which have become part of folklore.


8. American:

There is really no benchmark for American cuisine, but with the popularity of burgers and fried chicken and apple pies, American cuisine has also become very popular the world over. Most of these have achieved their fame due to the advent of fast food chains which have traversed across the nations. You may not feel it is the world’s best food, but it certainly is among the most sought after.


9. Mexican:

A combination of Spanish food and ancient Mexican traditions, food from Mexico has an abundance of flavours and spices. Guacamole and Tacos, Enchiladas and Tortillas have become popular standard fare at Mexican restaurants. Mexican food has a taste all of its own and many consider it to be among the best in the world.


10. Lebanese:

Among Middle Eastern cuisines, Lebanese cuisine is considered to be the most popular.  Full of distinctive flavours and spices, with delectable combinations of vegetables and spices, Lebanese cuisine blends Mediterranean influences with Middle Eastern traditions. Ranging from appetizers such as mezze to dishes such as the Shawarma and sweets such as Baklawa, you are sure to find something you will like.

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8 Responses

  1. Manual Repoff

    Thank you so much, this was a good read. I was actually born in Spain ( not telling what year though!) but was moved around various parts of europe and lastly settled in Britain when I was 6. I dont remember an awful lot of the few years I was in spain, but the smell of spanish food always seems to get me going or something. Funny, how I dont remember anything except the smells,isn’t it! I even found a whole website dedicated to spanish recipe, which gave me great delight and thought I really should to share with your readers. Anyway, thank you again. I’ll get my husband to add your website to my rss app…

  2. Steven

    American food does not deserve to be in the top 10! american cuisine is just a poor copy of the other ones! and Mexican and Lebanese food aree waaayyy much better than artificial american food!!

  3. Rudi M

    # 8 Hamburger and Apple Pie are not American Food they are German!
    Do proper research before publishing things like these!

  4. Brent R.

    Everytime I log into a website, I find someone talking about how Peruvian food should be on the list. I was looking at other top ten cuisines of the world, and all of the above were on the list, and somebody typed, “Why is Mexican food on the list? It should be Peruvian.” OK, what?! Peruvian food has not achieved what Mexican cuisine has, for so many years! And this is not just a top ten of the best, it’s a top ten MOST POPULAR. Peruvian food is NOT popular!

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