Food Ahh the essence of life or the essence of my life anyway haha, there is something so incredibly special about exploring the world and learning about different countries and cultures through food. A lot of what distinguishes a country is the food from France with their croissants and Italy with their Gelato to India with their incredible curries. I mean how boring would this world be without these incredible flavors and smells and the enjoyment that we all receive from tasting something foreign and exciting and new to our taste buds.
So in today’s post, I thought I would share some of my top 20 foods from around the world (the must try’s), I would love to do every single country but that would take me waaaay too long lol and ain’t nobody got time for that! So grab yourself a tissue or a napkin or maybe a bib hahaha as I think today’s post is going to have you drooling. Warning – I haven’t chosen the classic well-known foods for each country, so don’t be alarmed if its something completely different to what you were thinking 😉
A global food bucket list oh yea! Here we go! In no particular order:
FRANCE – Coq Au Vin
Coq Au Vin – oh yeaaaa! or “rooster in wine” a delicious classic, rustic, French dish! This stew will have everyone gathered at the table, begging for seconds. Chicken (which is now more widely used) braised in a red burgundy wine, lardons, mushrooms and optionally garlic which is then slow cooked. Leaving you with a hearty – mouth-watering sauce and tender chicken. This dish can easily be made at home nowadays but if you are heading to France anytime soon then I definitely recommend you trying it as the locals do. YUM!
ITALY – Pizza!
I know how original…. But if you are heading to Italy then I recommend trying it because as you are probably thinking, there is no better pizza you will eat in this world, then the ones they serve in Italy. My recommendation – A Margherita of Naples – oh damn now I’m hungry lol!
VIETNAM – Pho
This is pho sure delicious! Haha – see what I did there 😉 I myself love a good tasty, brothy soup with noodles so this hits the mark! Flavorsome, iconic and satisfying! Pho ticks all the boxes!
ENGLAND – Sunday Roast
YESSSSSSSSSSSSS! I loved my Sunday roasts growing up but as this is a traditional English meal, that means no one will quite do it exactly like they do… Consisting of some form of roast meat(yes!), roast potato(yes!), Yorkshire pudding (eww not for me haha) stuffing (yes!), veggies (oh yea!) and gravy – the finishing touch to the masterpiece! If you are yet to try this meal then do yourself a favor and either learn to make it or head to a local pub when visiting the Uk, Australia, Canada or New Zealand!
INDIA – Thali
Get your stretchy pants on for this one cause you’re going to need them. Thali is the Indian name for a round platter, but it is also an Indian style meal made up of a selection of various dishes, its kind of like their answer to the western world’s 3 course meal as it contains roti, vegetarian and non-vegetarian curries, a chili dish, yogurt curd, rice and a sweet all on the one platter. I couldn’t think of a better way to try many dishes at once from one country than this way.
NETHERLANDS – Stroopwafels
Stroopwafels – two thin baked waffles with a caramel – cinnamon syrup as a filling in the middle – yes, they really do taste as good as they sound! Dribble, dribble, dribble! Haha
CANADA – Poutine
The ever so famous poutine! I don’t know anybody who wouldn’t seriously love this. Gravy, fries and cheese curds argh heaven!
JAPAN – Ramen
YUMMMMMMMMY! If you were thinking that these noodles come out of a 60cent polystyrene cup and are filled with boiled water, then you would be hella wrong! (I’m sorry) Japanese ramen consists of Chinese-style noodles served in a meat broth flavored with soy sauce or miso and then served with some type of topping, depending on the region I.e an egg, corn or veggies and let me tell ya, this really is to die for if made well, I crave it morning, day and night!
SOUTH AFRICA – Biltong
Biltong is a form of dried, cured meat or better known around the world generally as Jerky, although Biltong is generally salter in taste than Jerky. Made using a variety of spices and meats, Biltong is usually eaten as a snack or locally in South Africa used in Stews and muffins – hmm interesting. South Africa loves Biltong so much that they also have Biltong flavored cheeses and potato chips – wow that would be pretty cool to try. So if you are already a big Jerky fan then this is definitely for you.
GREECE – Spanakopita
Found at pretty much every bakery IN THE COUNTRY…. This savory spinach and feta pie is a Greek staple and originates from almost 400 years ago! WOWIE! As a kid I absolutely loathed spinach but as the legend goes, it was the first time in my life that my Mom was able to get me to eat it… so it’s a healthy-ish ish kid-friendly meal for those of you with children 😊 Not a problem!
THE U.S OF A – Apple Pie
As the saying goes “as American as an apple pie” which is why I am choosing apple pie for this glorious country! Whoever thought of combining, buttery pastry, tart apples, and sugar into a pie is an absolute genius!! And I thank you, sir or mam!
AUSTRALIA – Sausage Sizzle
Sausage sizzle – there is nothing and I mean nothing! That is more Australian than a sausage sizzle! (except for maybe a meat pie 😉) White bread, a snag, onions from the barbie and tomato sauce to top it all off OOoo yea! Sounds like my childhood! Don’t knock it till you try it, by the way, one bite and it’ll have you hooked forever (warning eating a sausage sizzle may turn you into an Aussie)
SO SO SO many amazing foods to choose from, just like all the above countries, except that I am an absolute sucker for Spanish cuisine! I could eat the whole country out of its food supply – yes really! But I am sticking with my choice of the classic but ever so delicious Paella! Because why the hell not! Rice, chicken, sausage, shrimp, saffron, potatoes and many many more ingredients and variations can be made of this dish. I recommend trying it homemade if you can as the taste is quite different to the restaurant version and richer in flavor. ENJOY!
THAILAND – Tom Yum Soup
Literally meaning sour and spicy is the most popular soup in Thailand and probably of Thai food around the world! It can be ordered two different ways with or without coconut milk, I personally like it with coconut milk but each to their own of course.
MEXICO – Chilaquiles
Lightly fried corn tortillas cut into quarters and topped with green or red salsa, scrambled eggs or chicken and then finished off with your classic cheese and sour cream – drool! Often also served with a healthy helping of refried beans and do you want to know something absolutely, incredible, out of this world wonderful? This is breakfast! SAY WHAT!
SWITZERLAND – Chocolate
Now you may be thinking why didn’t she choose cheese? Switzerland have AMAZING cheese and yes, I agree they do! However, Switzerland is the birthplace of Milk chocolate, so I think it deserves to be on this list, as this single food item is the reason why I have an heir and spare stomach roll haha! If you have never tasted swiss chocolate than I beg you please! Do yourself a favor and get your hands on some! If you are soon to be visiting the country, then make sure to take the Belle Epoque Chocolate train to the Cailler factory that actual birthplace of Milk chocolate!! Oh lord help me now
BELGIUM – Moules Frites
I’m not going to lie, I am not a huge fan of shellfish in any manner or form – it just is not for me! However, I don’t know Belgium that well and after asking a few friends what food/dish I should list for this country they all agreed upon this. Moules Frites or muscles and fries are as common to order/eat in Belgium as it is for the rest of the world to have a burger and fries. So, if you are a shellfish loving person, then I mean, give it a go haha! And if you’re not like me then there is always fries.
BRAZIL – Pudim
Pudim – Pud-yum! hehe Pretty much exactly like a classic flan (oh yea!) except the Brazilian version is a lot softer in its texture. You’ll find this classic Brazilian dessert in every café, restaurant, and home… pretty much everywhere and I can see why – yum-oh
FINLAND – Squeaky cheese
Oh, my lord cheese that is squeaky, that’s sounds……. Different but I love cheese so no doubt I would devour it! Apparently unlikely to find this Finnish food item anywhere outside the country so if your heading that way then be sure to try and let me know what its like. This mild cheese is most commonly pan-fried and served with jam for dessert or alongside a coffee, sounds interesting!
ISRAEL – Kanafeh
Kanefeh is a Levantine Arabic dish and a very popular dessert in Israel. Basically, its a cheese pastry soaked in a sugary sweet based syrup WOW! I want to try it now!! Cheese and syrup sounds weird but delicious at the same time! arg!
And that is it for my top 20 foods from around the world! argh! don’t you just love travel and food and food and travel and experiencing new cultures! Me too! sigh… what do you think of my list? Are there any foods that you think I missed? are there any countries that you would have liked to have seen? Let me know in the comments below and while you are there let us know if there is any worldwide food that you have tried and just adored! I’m always interested to learn about new foods -wink, wink.
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