Seeing famous monuments, taking photos of famous landmarks, going on some adventurous tours, and meeting the locals are perhaps some of the best things that one could do when traveling. However, there is one activity to top all of these.
By travelling, people discover the joys of eating more than anything, for there’s something truly satisfying about learning about (and tasting) new cuisine in the countries one visits. Here are some of the countries where food is the main attraction, and each of the must-try items on the menu:
You probably already know that unless you’re in China, the items from the Chinese food menu you order for take-out cannot really come close to tasting like the real thing. China’s staple healthy menu of noodles and vegetables will surely make your mouth water. Whether it’s Cantonese or Szechuan cuisine, you will sure have the best (and healthiest) time eating here.
Aside from the rich history and unparalleled culture, India is also a great place to eat, especially for those who like food with lots of spices (and also spicy, most of the time). You could enjoy more of the roti dishes up north and more rice-based dishes down south.
Lots of different cuisines can be found in Indonesia, but the ones you must try are: satay/sate (skewered grilled meat), the Chinese-influenced Mi Goreng noodles, and rendang (meat with coconut milk and spices, one of the favorites being the beef rendang). Whether it’s Balinese, Javanese, or Sudanese cuisine, you will surely be in for a treat.
Italy is home to elaborate structures and intricate architecture—the Colosseum of Rome, the Piazza San Marco in Venice, and the Naples Cathedral just to name a few—but their food centers on one thing: simplicity. Made with very few ingredients but big in taste, Italian cuisine proves that food doesn’t need to be complicated to be delicious.
Take-out Mexican food isn’t the real deal unless you’re here, so if you want to experience the real nachos, chimichangas, tacos, enchiladas, etc., go to Mexico. You’ll be so surprised at the difference it makes from the Mexican food you’ve gotten used to.
Chinese, Spanish, and lots of Southeast Asian cuisine have helped Philippine cuisine develop, and this country has made each dish uniquely Filipino. However, it’s the original stuff that makes Filipino cuisine so unique and tasty—most notable is what Anthony Bourdain referred to as “magical stuff”—the sisig, and another pork dish called the lechon. If you’re looking for affordable and tasty food, the Philippines should be at the top of your list.
Famous for hawker centres that serve a wide array of food, Singapore is every foodie’s haven. Mixing Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Indonesian cuisine, food here will definitely give you a diverse set of treats to choose from. Most notable are the Chicken Rice, Chili Crab, and the sweet and delicious Kaya Toast.
If you love seafood and a lot of different flavors mixed in one food item, go to Spain. Their seafood paella here will definitely make your mouth water, and will definitely top the ones that you’ve tried outside of the country. They also have the best dishes of sausages (like embutido and chorizo), and lots of bean-based soup dishes.
Love spicy food? Thailand is one of the best places to visit. Aside from the different variations of Thai cuisine–curry dishes and the famous spicy tom yum soup, you can also be adventurous, for this country is also known for having insects sold at markets (crickets, grasshoppers, silkworm, anyone?)
If you’re looking for healthy, cheap, and tasty food, Vietnam is definitely one of your best bets. Perhaps you’ve tried the Vietnamese spring rolls, pho, and even the famous Vietnamese coffee in other countries, but being here is different—experiencing them from the country where they’ve originated is simply incomparable.