|Bò Kho ranks first place in TasteAtlas' top 10 Best Rated Southeast Asian Meat Dishes (Photo: Internet)
TasteAtlas’ food rankings are based on the ratings given by their audience, featuring a series of mechanisms. As of March 30, as many as 2,889 ratings were recorded, of which 1,743 were recognised by the system as legitimate.
First place went to Bò Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew). The dish is a popular Vietnamese beef stew that can be consumed on its own or accompanied by a baguette on the side.
TasteAtlas noted that it can also be served over noodles, together with a variety of fresh herbs. The dish includes ingredients such as diced beef, carrots, lemongrass, cinnamon, chili, pepper, garlic, and shallots, all of which are simmered in a spicy and aromatic broth.
Bò nhúng dấm (Beef in Vinegar Hot pot) ranked second in the list – a dish that is traditionally served in a communal style.
“In its basic form, the dish consists of a vinegar-flavored broth that may also include coconut milk or coconut water, lemongrass, onions, or other additions, while typical accompaniments include thinly sliced raw beef and an assortment of fresh vegetables and herbs such as bean sprouts, daikon, lettuce, cucumbers, mint, basil, and perilla leaves,” the website noted.
Bún chả (Grilled Pork Meatballs with Vermicelli Noodles) ranked in fourth place.
The food magazine revealed that the dish combines three elements: a bowl of grilled pork meatballs served in a cold broth; a plate of rice noodles; and a combination of various fresh greens such as perilla leaves, lettuce, coriander, and morning glory.
It stressed that although bún chả or similar varieties can be found in other parts of Vietnam, the local Hanoi version is typically held in the highest regard.
“Not much is known about its history or origin, but the dish became internationally recognized in 2016 when it was featured on the show Parts Unknown – in which the host Anthony Bourdain enjoyed bún chả together with the former president Barack Obama,” TasteAtlas concluded.
Other dishes named in the TasteAtlas’ list were Ayam goreng of Indonesia, Inasal na manok of the Philippines, Satay of Indonesia, Rendang of Indonesia, Lechon of the Philippines, Larb of Laos, and Lechon kawali of the Philippines.