You have not fully experienced the joys of traveling if you have not tried the local food. Every place has a dish that has its own signature – something that hints of its culture or tells a story. For this alone we would gladly travel to the ends of the earth for more culinary explorations. Our travels have brought us to the most fascinating destinations with unforgettable gourmet experiences. We can pretty much make a long list of places we love to visit over and over again for the food. Here are the five countries with food so glorious you would want to come back for more:
The country that is home to the world-renowned Michelin Guides understands great food well. It should not come as a surprise to find it on top of the list of people’s places to visit for food – not to mention everything else that makes it a popular tourist destination. A trip to France will not be complete if you have not tried the baguette, crepes, croissants, macarons, and pain au chocolat. The bouillabaisse and duck confit are must-haves as well.
Mediterranean cuisines have long been touted as among the healthiest foods in the world. Greece is one of the top places to savor the tastiest healthy dishes you can find. Greek salads are just the beginning. When in Greece, do what the Greeks do. Eat tzatziki, souvlaki, and indulge in delicious desserts like melomakarona.
There are more to Japanese cuisines than sushi and tempura. Japan’s extensive selections of ramen are to die for. Different regions in Japan have their own version of sukiyaki, which is another must-try when in the country. This dish is cooked in an iron pot and features ingredients like meat and a selection of vegetables. If you do not mind splurging, try the kaiseki ryori for a banquet-like experience. You will be served with different choices of authentic local dishes that include appetizers, fried and/or steamed foods, side dishes like picked vegetables, and desserts such as fruits.
Go beyond the usual in Italy. The pizza and pasta are, of course, staples that you should really have at least once while there. And do not forget the gelato. But beyond these culinary delights are more offerings that deliver an explosion of flavors and aromas. Try the ribollita, torrone, among many others.
You do not have to look hard and far to find healthy foods in Vietnam. The country is teeming with different types of restaurants that have the healthiest foods on their menu. Famously known for its dish called Pho, Vietnam has a lot more to offer even to the pickiest eaters. Start your culinary adventures in Vietnam by trying the goi ca trich, pho, and spring rolls. We are sure you will find other Vietnamese cuisines equally delightful.