World's Best Soups 2023: Rawon Takes the Top Spot, Followed by Tonkotsu Ramen in 2nd and Tom Kha Gai in 3rd

World's Best Soups 2023: Rawon Takes the Top Spot, Followed by Tonkotsu Ramen in 2nd and Tom Kha Gai in 3rd

The TasteAtlas food rankings derive their authority from the invaluable contributions of the discerning TasteAtlas audience. Relying on a sophisticated array of mechanisms, these rankings ensure the utmost accuracy and reliability by effectively discerning genuine user ratings from those generated by bots, driven by nationalism, or influenced by local patriotic sentiments. Moreover, the system grants additional weight to the ratings provided by users acknowledged as knowledgeable by the platform.

The recently unveiled "10 Best Rated Soups in the World" list, encompassing ratings until July 31, 2023, boasts an impressive total of 29,030 carefully recorded ratings. Out of this vast pool of feedback, a remarkable 16,361 ratings were meticulously recognized by the system as legitimate and credible contributions.


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Among the top-ranking soups, two Southeast Asian gems shine brightly, earning their well-deserved spots. The delectable rawon from Indonesia and the tantalizing Tom Kha gai from Thailand have made their mark in the esteemed list. These soups are emblematic of the rich and diverse culinary heritage of their respective countries and have garnered immense admiration from the TasteAtlas community.

Rawon, a cherished culinary gem hailing from Surabaya, Indonesia, is a soup that exudes a captivating allure with its rich history and tantalizing flavors. This iconic Javanese dish boasts a velvety, dark broth, colored naturally by the potent Indonesian keluak nut, which imparts a distinctive earthy aroma and a subtly nutty taste. Tender shreds of beef or other meats luxuriate in the flavorful broth, elevated by a harmonious blend of aromatic spices like galangal, lemongrass, and turmeric. The enchanting allure of rawon lies not only in its captivating appearance but also in its complexity of taste, with an interplay of savory and slightly sweet notes, further complemented by the vibrant zestiness of fresh lime and the gentle heat of chili. Often accompanied by steaming white rice, bean sprouts, and a side of crunchy prawn crackers, rawon embodies the essence of Indonesian culinary heritage, offering a tantalizing journey into the heart of Surabaya's vibrant gastronomic culture.

Tom Kha Gai, a beloved Thai delicacy, enchants the senses with its harmonious blend of delicate flavors and fragrant aromas. This luscious and creamy coconut milk-based soup is graced with succulent pieces of tender chicken, infusing the broth with their savory essence. The soup's allure lies in the perfect balance struck between the subtle sweetness of coconut milk, the tanginess of fresh lime, and the aromatic infusion of galangal, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves. The distinct notes of Thai chilies add a gentle warmth that complements the soup's creaminess, culminating in a symphony of tastes that dance on the palate. Tom Kha Gai epitomizes the essence of Thai cuisine, capturing the heart of Thailand's culinary heritage and enchanting food enthusiasts worldwide with its delightful medley of flavors and textures.

However, it is essential to approach the TasteAtlas Rankings with a nuanced perspective. These rankings should not be misconstrued as the definitive global consensus on food preferences. Instead, their primary purpose lies in championing exceptional local cuisines, celebrating time-honored dishes that evoke a sense of cultural pride, and sparking curiosity about the vast array of dishes yet to be savored.

TasteAtlas endeavors to foster a more inclusive and appreciative culinary community by illuminating the kaleidoscope of regional gastronomy. By bridging cultural gaps and encouraging cross-cultural exploration of food traditions, these rankings aim to enrich the global culinary narrative and deepen our appreciation for the artistry of flavors from around the world.

While the rankings offer valuable insights into popular choices, they merely represent a single facet of the multifaceted tapestry of global gastronomy. Embracing the spirit of adventure, TasteAtlas invites all to embark on a delightful journey of culinary discovery, opening our palates to new tastes, textures, and experiences that await us in every corner of the world. So, let us savor the wonders of rawon, Tom Kha gai, and other extraordinary soups, each a testament to the boundless creativity and passion that goes into crafting remarkable dishes from diverse cultures.


Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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