Taiwan has come out on top of CNN’s Best Food Destination poll – after scoring 8,242 votes in the online survey.

The CNN poll saw the island gaining high praise for its myriad of small eats and for its mash-up of the cuisine from various Chinese communities and Japanese-style cooking.

The poll touted Taipei’s numerous night-markets and streets dedicated to eating as well as Tainan, which CNN said was often referred to as the island’s food capital.

Foods that got a special mention included stinky tofu and beef noodle soup.

The CNN poll called on its readers to vote for their favorite culinary destination in an open Facebook poll.

The Philippines came second with 1,528 votes, followed by Italy with 810 votes and Thailand with 470 votes.

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