Do you love nothing more than tucking into international cuisine? Are you a foodie with an adventurous palate?
If you love nothing more than trying foods from around the world, why not plan your next holiday with delicious dishes in mind? If you do decide to place food centre stage when you next jet off, here are destinations and their famous mouth-watering meals for you to tuck into while you’re there.
Tagine – Morocco
If you dream of a land filled with ancient cities and colourful bazaars, head to Morocco. Here, you can tuck into the tagine. The term ‘tagine’ is a reference to both the Moroccan stew and the cookware it’s served in. For hundreds of years, this filling meal designed to sate the appetite has been one of the most important dishes served in the country.
The lid of the tagine traps steam, keeping the stew saturated. The stew itself is packed with spices such as turmeric, saffron, and ginger. These all add flavour to the chicken, lamb, or fish. Some variations include herbs, and olives too.
Paella – Spain
When we think of Spanish cuisine, it’s likely the first thing that comes to mind is paella. Farmers ate this dish, combining rice with any food that was easily available, such as tomatoes, onions, rabbit and snails. More variations on the dish cropped up over the years, with 200 to try in the Valencia region alone.
Now, traditional paella still features rice, chicken, rabbit, and snails, along with white and green beans. Seafood features in non-traditional variations and is a more common choice.
Paella is a sociable dish and it’s one that should be shared. It’s placed in the centre of the table and diners dig in. So, if you’re heading to Spain, expect to grab a plateful.
Curry – India
Curry is a classic choice for those who love a takeaway, but there’s nothing like experiencing the real deal in India itself. However, it’s worth noting that there’s no such thing as a curry in India. Even all the way back in 1989, it was made clear that the term was coined by the British after what appears to be a misunderstanding that’s led to us using the word as a shortcut for the dishes served in a spicy gravy.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t sample the tantalising cuisine served in India. Take a tour of India and try some unforgettable foodie treats.
Pho – Vietnam
This Vietnamese noodle soup has become popular in the last decade or so – possibly because the country became a major tourist spot. Ahead of the pandemic, visitor numbers in Vietnam soared to a record high of over 18 million in 2019.
Pho combines rice noodles with sliced raw beef, and this is cooked together using the steaming, spicy beef broth that’s poured over the top. Hot chilies, bean sprouts, and fresh herbs are added, along with some lime. In its origin country, it’s eaten at breakfast, so you might want to try that if you’re flying to Vietnam for your foodie journey.
What continental cuisine is tempting you to travel?