Food, glorious food. One of the best things about travel is the opportunity to sample exotic, unusual dishes you’ve never tasted before. More than just a moment on the lips, the foods you encounter can continue to inspire long after you return home.
If you have a hunger only travel can satisfy, here are five destinations worth visiting:
We’ve all heard of love at first sight, but Vietnam is truly love at first bite. From Goi cuon (rice paper rolls stuffed with prawn and vegetables), to Banh mi (baguettes filled with pate, salad and pork or beef) and Bun cha (a Hanoi specialty with cold rice noodles dipped into a deliciously fragrant broth), there’s a wealth of mouth-watering dishes you need to sink your teeth into. Street food markets and roadside stalls are perfect places to find authentic, local delicacies.
Foodies will be in their element in India – a destination which has graced the world with some of the most delicious dishes ever invented. The best thing about eating your way through India is the regional varieties you’ll encounter. Northern cuisines often feature dairy products and beautiful slow-cooked meats, while the south has a greater emphasis on seafood and vegetables. Rajasthani, Punjabi, Thali, Mughlai… each regional cuisine is distinct and distinctly delicious.
Turkey is a destination every food lover should visit. Shish kebabs roasting over charcoal, the smell of freshly brewed Turkish coffee, Baklava dripping with honey… Turkish cuisine is so good it should almost be illegal. Almost. Whether at a hole-in-the-wall cafe or a street market overflowing with eager diners, the secret to getting the most out of Turkey is to just try everything. If you want to take your trip to the next level, a cooking class where you can learn to make a few dishes is a must. Rather than just stick to what you know, be sure to try a few things you don’t too.
One foodie hotspot to rule them all. The country that gifted the world champagne, camembert, baguettes, and croissants requires little introduction, but is definitely deserves your attention. Whether sipping the fruits of Reims, the heartland of the Champagne wine region; exploring underground cellars that go on for kilometres in Beaune, Burgundy; or challenging yourself to stop at just one petite macaron in Paris, France will unleash the gourmand within.
While it may not instantly spring to mind as foodie hotspot, Singapore is one of South East Asia’s culinary powerhouses. Thanks to its location, the tiny island nation is a melting pot of Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures – and they’ve all left their mark on the cuisine. Stop by one of the local hawker centres, which are a bit like neighbourhood food courts, to find a mouth-watering array of delectable dishes to try. Best of all, each dish will only set you back a few dollars. If you’re worried about quality, don’t be. Some of these stalls have Michelin stars!
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