[RANKED] Southeast Asia Delicacies on 50 of the World’s Best Bread

Seasia.co Dipublikasikan 02.48, 22/10/2019 • Indah Gilang Pusparani
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CNN Travelreleased 50 of the World’s Best Bread to mark the World Bread Day on October 16.

From the rich layers of Malaysian roti canai to Turkey's seed-crusted simit, bread around the world reflects the culture.

Bread historian William Rubel argues that creating a strict definition of bread is unnecessary, even counterproductive. "Bread is basically what your culture says it is," says Rubel, the author of"Bread: A Global History."

"It doesn't need to be made with any particular kind of flour," he added to CNN.

Instead, he likes to focus on what bread does: It turns staple grains such as wheat, rye or corn into durable foods that can be carried into the fields, used to feed an army or stored for winter.

Roti gambang. Image: CNN

Even before the first agricultural societies formed around 10,000 B.C., hunter-gatherers inJordan's Black Desertmade bread with tubers and domesticated grain.

Today, the descendants of those early breads showcase the remarkable breadth of our world's food traditions.

Two Southeast Asia’s favourite delicacies roti gambang from Indonesia and roti canai from Malaysia made to the list.

“Palm sugar and cinnamon lend a light, aromatic sweetness to roti gambang, a tender wheat bread that's an old-fashioned favorite at Jakarta bakeries,” the report described.

CNN noted that the recipe may be influenced by the Dutch spiced holiday cookies that was adapted to local tastes.

Meanwhile, roti canai may have arrived in Malaysia with Indian immigrants, but the country's made the flaky, rich bread their own.

“When cooked on a hot griddle, roti canai puffs into a stack of overlapping layers rich with buttery flavor. Irresistible when served with Malaysian dips and curries”

Khachapuri, Georgia. Image: CNN

Here are 50 of the world's most wonderful breads In alphabetical order by location:

  • Bolani, Afghanistan
  • Lavash, Armenia
  • Damper bread, Australia
  • Luchi, Bangladesh
  • Pão de queijo, Brazil
  • Montreal bagels, Canada
  • Marraqueta, Chile
  • Shaobing, China
  • Pan Cubano, Cuba
  • Libba, Egypt
  • Pupusas, El Salvador
  • Injera, Ethiopia
  • Baguette, France
  • Khachapuri, Georgia
  • Pumpernickel, Germany
  • Pai bao, Hong Kong
  • Dökkt rúgbrauð, Iceland
  • Paratha, India
  • Roti gambang, Indonesia
  • Sangak, Iran
  • Soda bread, Ireland
  • Challah, Israel
  • Ciabatta, Italy
  • Bammy bread, Jamaica
  • Kare pan, Japan
  • Taboon bread, Jordan
  • Roti canai, Malaysia
  • Ħobż tal-Malti, Malta
  • Tortillas, Mexico
  • Khobz kesra, Morocco
  • Fry bread, Navajo Nation
  • Tijgerbrood, Netherlands
  • Rēwena parāoa, New Zealand
  • Lefse, Norway
  • Podplomyk, Poland
  • Broa de milho, Portugal
  • Karavai, Russia
  • Pane carasau, Sardinia
  • Proja, Serbia
  • Gyeran-ppang, South Korea
  • Appam, Sri Lanka
  • Kisra, Sudan and South Sudan
  • Limpa bread, Sweden
  • Balep korkun, Tibet
  • Simit, Turkey
  • Crumpets, United Kingdom
  • Biscuits, United States
  • Non, Uzbekistan
  • Arepa, Venezuela
  • Malawach, Yemen
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