Love Food? Why not let the vacation let your pamper your taste buds!! Food helps you get off every sorrow. Travelling is the best way to learn. Great people always advice the young generation to travel to explore and learn the unknown. Here I have narrowed down to 6 countries where gobsmackingly good food is served.
1) Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is the only city in the whole wide world to have over 220 Michelin starred restaurants. From a local shop down the road to a pricey restaurant in a beautiful location, quality and great food can be assured everywhere. Japan’s capital city is on top of every foodie’s bucket list. For great sushi, you can head over to Sushi Dai and Daiwa Sushi. If you’re not able to make it to these places, dont worry just head over to any food joint in Tsukiji Fish Market because all of them are capable of serving good sushi. Tokyo not only specializes in Sushi but also offers other great dishes like Tempura, Ramen, Sashimi, Soba noodles, Sake, Chankonabe, Sukiyaki, Monjayaki, Tsukadani, Udon, Okonomiyaki, Miso soup, Unagi and for people with a sweet tooth they have ningyoyaki which is a cake shaped like a doll filled with red bean paste, dorayaki is a pastry composed of layers of pancakes, anmitsu which comprises of agar, red bean paste and small mochi balls.
2) Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi has a rich culture with Chinese, French and south east Asian influences. Such diversity can also be tasted in their food. Want to savour Vietnamese food? Go to the streets and eat like a local. The main streets, side streets, alleyways of this northern city are flooded with food vendors offering variety of soups, buns, noodles, sandwiches and rolls. There are lots of dishes that one shouldn’t miss during their stay here: Cha Ca, Banh Cuon, Bun Cha, Banh Bao, Banh Mi, Mien Xao Luo, Bia Hoo, Xoi Xeo, Bun Thang, Bun Bo Nam Bo, Bun Rieu and Pho. Sweet lovers should head over to Thu Nga and order Kem Xoi which is a delicacy made of sweet sticky rice topped with vanilla ice cream and coconut or Sinh To which is a smoothie made with sweetened condensed milk and comes in many flavours like mango, litchi, strawberry etc.
This tiny Asian country is every foodie’s wonderland. Their dishes are inspired by Indian, Chinese, Malay and Eurasian cultures. Their heavy and wholesome meals tell us a lot about their veracious appetite. With many hawker centres set up, this nation keeps the hawker tradition alive. They specialize in noodles, rice and seafood. Foods specialities are Frog Porridge, Bah Kut Teh, oh Luak, Sambal Stingray, Chai Tao Kway, Mud Crab, Char Kway Teow, Chicken Rice, Curry Laksa, Durian, Red Snapper Head Curry. After all this spicy and hot food, you need to treat your taste buds to Tau Hua formed using bean curd tofu and sweet syrup infused with pandan leaves and topped with gingko seeds.
Whatever Croatia lacks in size, it makes up for it with its culinary powers. Croatian food is largely inspired by Mediterranean and European style.
Some great foods include Skradin Risotto, Brodet, Istarski fuzi, Pašticada, Gregada, Punjene Paprike, Cobanac, Kotlovina, Soparnik, Crni Rizot, Bakalar, Štrukli, Manestra, Klipići, Fish Paprikas, Sarma, Zagorska Juha, Hobotnica ispod peke. I won’t describe them to curb your excitement!! Hope there is some place left for dessert as Paprenjaci, Arancini, Rozata, Krostule and Fritule are too good to be missed!
5) Gustavia, St Barts
Gustavia the main town and capital of St Barts is known for its amazing culinary scene. Anyone who has gone to Gustavia has the pounds to prove it. Ruled by the French till 1648 their cuisine revolves around French cuisine, West Indian cuisine, Italian cuisine, Creole Cuisine and Asian cuisine. Gustavia is known for its elite restaurants that serve only high quality dishes. Some of the notable restaurants of this region are La Mandala, Eddy’s, Le Repaire, Zanzibarth, Maya’s and many more. Maya’s is known for its baguettes, charcuterie, decadent brie and French wine. Don’t forget to try the pumpkin bisque soup at La Plage or Fresh lobster, salmon, puréed asparagus and crab, crème puffs, fruit tarts, quiche at Le Gaiac. Youll weep if you forget to have Ti punch at Le Select or a tomato tart and coq au vi at Santa Fe Restaurant.
6) Bangkok, Thailand
Every corner of Bangkok reeks of incredible Thai food. Want to explore the exciting flavours of Thai street food? Go to Chinatown which is the birthplace of street food. Your food check list has to have Tod Mun Pla Krai, Pork Skewers, Quail Eggs, Hoy Tod, Pla Pao, Gai Tod, Kuay Teow Lui Suan, Gai Yang, Sai Oua.
And the best is served at the last: Khanom Jeeb which is a crispy crepe but like no other, its topped with meringue and dried coconut, Kanom Krok which is a sweet rice cake with a molten center, Khao Niao Mamuang that is mango sticky rice a signature thai dessert, Tub Tim Krob eaten after a spicy meal is a refreshing dessert, Khao Niaow Tu-rean tops the list of all durian lovers and then comes the master of all, Thai coconut ice cream.