What’s one universally popular topic no matter where you travel? Food! Sometimes the food is a perk of your vacation and sometimes it feels more like the entire reason for the trip.
by Splore, American adventurers, points out, “Sharing and enjoying good food with others is a fundamental part of the human experience.” If that’s the case with you, here are some amazing foods you may want travel the globe to try.
- Brazil: Feijoada
Feijoada is essentially a stew that’s chock full of beans, bacon, smoked sausage, salted pork and beef, and an assortment of authentic spices. It was first introduced by Portuguese colonizers and played a central role in Brazilian cuisine ever since.
- Chile: Empanadas
You may have had empanadas in the U.S., or maybe even in northern Mexico, but you’ve never truly had the experience until you go to Chile where it’s the national food. The flaky crust is filled with more fillings than you can imagine, and the chefs get it right every time.
- Morocco: Pastilla
For the perfect, mouthwatering blend of sweet and salty, try this flaky pastry filled with your choice of squab or shredded chicken. It’s covered in sweet phyllo dough and rolled in cinnamon and sugar.
- Thailand: Pad Thai
There’s more flavor in this dish than many Westerners may be able to handle. It’s a mixture of radishes, egg, dried shrimp, and peanuts, and it comes with the flavors to match. You can find authentic pad thai, made popular shortly after World War II, in just about any restaurant in Thailand.
- New Zealand: Pavlova
If you have a sweet tooth, try this one, which came to prominence in world cuisine just a few years ago. It’s a fluffy meringue garnished with fresh fruit and whipped cream. Its name comes from the Russian ballerina Ana Pavlova, who became a beloved celebrity in this country.
- China: Jiaozi
American Chinese and authentic Chinese are two very different classes of food. This traditional Chinese dumpling is a clear example. The dumpling is filled with ground meat and vegetables, and then fried, boiled, or steamed, depending on where it’s made.
- Colombia: Bandeja Paisa
You have to visit either Bogota or Medellin to get a taste of the best Bandeja Paisa you’ve ever had. It’s a combination dish with your choice of meat, plantains, beans, rice, avocado, pork skins, and fried egg. That’s a lot of ingredients, but they know how to blend it very nicely.
- Peru: Ceviche
Even if you don’t like seafood, you’ll likely enjoy this dish, which is fish that’s marinated in lime, lemon, and chile juice. It’s generally accompanied by corn and avocado.
- France: Boeuf Bourguignon
The famous food from the city of love is, of course, smothered in a Burgundy wine. It’s a type of beef stew made with onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, and a variety of spices, and it’s been one of the most iconic meals of country French cuisine since it was first made in 1903.
- Canada: Poutine
Poutine is a dish made of cheese curds, gravy, and French fries, and it’s topped with a Bolognese sauce and comes with foie gras and truffles. You’ll sometimes find this dish in certain northern areas of the U.S., particularly along the border with Quebec.
- Ukraine: Borscht
Ukraine might not be at the top of your list of places to travel, but this dish is worth going to there to try, even if it doesn’t initially sound appealing. It’s a soup with beetroot and tomatoes at the base, and topped with sour cream.
Depending on where you get it, borscht will be served hot or cold, thin or thick, or light or dark. It probably doesn’t sound as tasty as most of the other dishes on this list, but if you get it from the right place, it is.
As you take your trip around the world, don’t forget to see the sights between meals. You might be there for the food, but you shouldn’t miss out on the other attractions just because you’re having a great meal.