Singapore

Singapore's most famous food scenes are the hawker centers created in the 1970s when the government pushed street vendors into dining halls. Diners, responsible for bringing their own napkins, can choose among stalls serving local favorites ranging from fish head soup to satay to sugarcane juice to chili crab. International cuisines are represented nearly as equally. The food scene starts at the Changi Airport, which has 160 places to eat. The restaurants there have helped Changi win Best Airport awards 500 times.

Singapore's food is about to get even more global attention, with a Michelin guide on the city-state slated for next year. Hawker stalls are rumored to at least be considered for the guide. No word if any airport spots might make the cut, too.