Traditional Irish stew has been named as one of the top 50 culinary experiences in the world by a leading travel guide.
The classic meal, which is a favourite all over Ireland and further afield, appeared at number 47 in Lonely Planet’s ‘Ultimate Eatlist’.
The ‘Ultimate Eatlist’ is the travel bible’s definitive list of 500 culinary experiences around the world – so the Irish stew found itself in the top 10%.
Other classic meals in the list included Curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sushi in Tokyo, Japan and Pizza margherita in Naples, Italy.
The top culinary experience in the world, according to Lonely Planet is Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain.
Lonely Planet said: “You can season the stew with salt but the flavour is best enhanced by eating it in one of those pubs, with one of those pints of Guinness, and friends.
“Many cultures locate the romance of food in hours of preparation and myriad ingredients; for the Irish, the romance is in the eating and whatever happens around it.”
The Ultimate Eatlist also advised holiday makers on which establishments to go to sample the various culinary experiences.
It singled out Ireland’s oldest pub – the Brazen Head in Dublin – as the perfect place to sample a traditional Irish stew. It also recommended enjoying the stew with an ‘inky-black pint of Guinness’.
The top 10 ranked experiences on the list are:
- 1. Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain
- 2. Curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- 3. Sushi in Tokyo, Japan
- 4. Beef brisket in Texas, USA
- 5. Som tum in Bangkok, Thailand
- 6. Smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark
- 7. Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand
- 8. Bibimbap in Seoul, South Korea
- 9. Pizza margherita in Naples, Italy
- 10. Dim sum in Hong Kong
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling