Our world is truly a foodie paradise filled with endless fantastic cuisines and dishes to try. Hopefully this will inspire you to get out there and explore other cultures, if not we live in such a cosmopolitan world now that you can even enjoy the flavours of a country 1000 miles away at a food cart down your street.
With this in mind, here are five of our favourite foods from around the globe:
- The curry — Indian butter chicken
Butter chicken (makhan murg) is actually a dish reserved for special occasions in India, perhaps because of its super decadent richness. However, you don’t have to wait until your birthday to try it. A creamy chicken curry prepared in a tomato-based, buttery gravy with yoghurt, it is the perfect dish for those nights when the weather is that little bit chillier. And of course, if you’re veggie, you can swap the chicken for tofu or paneer.
By the way, here’s a fascinating India traveller fact — did you know that 87% of people in India book their entire trip through their phones?
- The soup — Japanese ramen
Perhaps the ultimate Japanese comfort food, ramen is a deliciously slurpy and filling treat. Traditionally, it’s made from wheat noodles (although most dining spots will let you swap for another type of noodle) and served in a meat or fish broth, with toppings like nori seaweed, sliced pork and scallions, plus soy sauce, miso, sesame seeds, garlic flakes and chilli powder for extra flavour. It’s one of those dishes that’s just delicious as a late-night snack after a hard day, so make sure that a good ramen recipe is in your kitchen repertoire.
- The salad — Thai Som Tam (papaya salad) with sticky rice
Sticky rice with shredded papaya? It sounds like it could be a bit boring, yet anyone who has ever tried this classic Thai street food dish will vouch that it is an incredibly moreish flavour explosion. Alongside the papaya, you will also find peanuts, chilis, garlic, fish sauce, palm sugar, green beans and cherry tomatoes, alongside other delights. The moment you taste it, you will be spirited away from wherever you are to a warm, bustling, colourful street in Bangkok. No wonder some people call it the best salad in the world…
- The on-the-go snack — French crepe
The classic Parisian street crepe sounds ridiculously simple — basically, it’s just a thin folded pancake with a drizzle of sugar and lemon. But anyone who has ever nibbled on one while strolling by the Seine on a beautiful spring day will know how utterly heavenly they are. Best of all, they are super easy to conjure up at home — just make sure you listen to some Edith Piaf while doing so.
- The guilty pleasure — Canadian poutine
We’re not sure that poutine is exactly the healthiest dish in the world, but it is possibly one of the most comforting. In fact, this super-indulgent food of French fries and cheese curds drizzled with brown gravy is fast becoming the world’s favourite way to eat fries. Bring it on.
Hopefully, this list has given you the inspiration to try out a few new foods from around the world. If it has also given you itchy feet, then make sure to do a bit of research on the cuisine of any country you are planning to visit. After all, you don’t want to miss out on experiencing some super tasty and exotic flavours.
Bon voyage and bon appetit!