10 COUNTRIES TO VISIT TO HAVE THE MOST AMAZING FOOD EXPERIENCE.
A common search for travelers and food bloggers is “must-have foods around the world”, and I understand where they’re coming from. As someone who loves to eat, travel, and explore new cultures, I don’t think you can ever fully experience a culture without the food.
From street food to 3-course meals at a Michelin restaurant, food has a way of defining a country’s culture, and food can make a country unforgettable.
Here are 10 foods from 10 countries that will have you smiling and chewing.
Korea — Kimchi
Every K-drama fan ever has daydreams of eating this dish. This is a Korean side dish that is made by fermenting a mix of Korean cabbage, radish, chili powder, crushed garlic, seafood, pumpkin, and scallion.
If you love spicy food, then kimchi is a great option for you. It’s so popular in Korea that an average meal is incomplete without it. It can be eaten alone or as a side dish, and there are so many varieties to suit your taste. I recommend you try it.
Nigeria — Jollof rice
A classic celebration meal in Nigeria, cooked during the holiday season or for parties. This is one Nigerian meal that will have you wanting more. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook can attest that you do not want to miss out on Nigerian Jollof Rice.
The dish originates from Senegal — Wolof — but Nigerians have found a way to add originality to their recipe. Its major ingredients are rice, pepper, tomato paste, and onions.
Some people choose to include peas and corn in their recipe; others use meat stock. All these ingredients combine to give a savory, lip-smacking taste.
Jollof rice is enjoyed best with fried plantain, salad or both — and of course, chicken.
Japan — Sushi
Arguably the most popular Japanese cuisine, sushi is a must-have. Just as Italy is the home of pizza, Japan is the home of sushi. You just can’t visit Japan without having sushi.
This is another dish that makes use of rice. Other ingredients used are seaweed, wasabi, and vegetables. As a lunchtime snack or a fancy dinner meal, sushi will have you smiling and chewing.
Saudi Arabia — Harees
If you’re in Saudi Arabia for Ramadan, you might want to try Harees. This is one of the oldest dishes in the country. It combines coarse ground wheat, meat, oil or butter, and spices like cardamom, cumin, and cinnamon to give an aromatic and tasty meal.
Harees could be topped with fried onions and garlic. This yummy delight is very filling, so it is often eaten at Iftar.
India — Dosa
Are you at a restaurant in India and unsure of what to order? Here’s a tip: you can never go wrong with Dosa. This is a thin crepe-like pancake made from rice and lentils.
(“Rice again?” I know, right? Sorry, can’t help it!)
This meal is best eaten when it’s hot. You can have it with chutney as a dip or stuffed with vegetables. Masala Dosa, my favourite, is stuffed with spiced potatoes.
Germany — Currywurst
Ahhh, I can almost taste the pretzels I had in 2019’s Oktoberfest — -bliss. But today isn’t about pretzels. If you’re planning a trip to Germany, and you’re not sure what to eat first, then I suggest you have Currywurst.
This meal is made of pork sausage with ketchup and curry powder as sauce. It is Germany’s most popular sausage.
In cities like Hamburg and Berlin, it is served with a bread roll and fries. The best part is that you can have this meal for as low as 4 dollars. (Traditional German foods are not very vegan-friendly)
Many people have voted this meal the Danish National dish, and I think so too. Almost every restaurant you walk in has this on the menu.
Smørrebrød or Open-faced sandwich is an extremely popular Danish meal usually eaten for lunch. It consists of rugbrød — a buttered rye bread — cheese, avocado, meat, fish, and eggs.
Many people love Kenya for the wildlife, but I love it for the food. Don’t get me wrong, the wildlife is great, but the food is greater. And my favourite of all the many indelible dishes is Ugali.
This cornmeal dish is a typical Kenyan food, and it is literally a must-have. It is made by boiling cornmeal till it forms a dense paste, and it is best eaten by dipping it in stew or sauce.
Locals prefer to eat it with their fingers. When it is well prepared, it doesn’t stick to the fingers.
Without you having to break the bank, Falafel is one Israeli meal that would have your taste buds dancing. It is a dish made from mashed chickpeas or fava beans (or both) and herbs. It is often served in a pita bread layered with hummus (another must-have Israeli food), vegetables and sauces.
Vegetarians love it and I’m sure you would too! And you can also delight yourself with this dish in other countries throughout the Middle East.
France is not just amazing for its scenery, language, and the Eiffel tower. France is also amazing for its food — I could eat croissants every day. Even better than croissants is Ratatouille.
This is one local French dish that combines simple ingredients into something extraordinary. It is made from vegetables: yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, bell pepper, and potato.
Many locals enjoy this dish with pasta or steamed rice, and it’s a great option if you are a vegetarian.
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