People who love to eat are always the best people! Get ready to go on a whirlwind gastronomy tour to destinations where traditional culinary creations won’t disappoint. Here are the 10 best cuisines from around the globe worth sampling.
Very different from the Indian-Chinese we are used to eating; authentic Chinese food is where fresh flavours come together in unique combinations. Peking roast duck, sweet and sour pork and mandarin fish are some creations along with staples like dim sums, noodles and rice. With every region in the country boasting of distinct recipes, Chinese food is full of surprises.
French food is synonymous with fine dining. From hors d’oeuvres like escargot and pâté to desserts like crème brûlée and profiterole, the food is rich and nothing short of divine. Paired with a glass of French wine, enjoy dishes like foie gras and coq au vin that are testimony to the dedication the French have to producing a hedonistic fare. Your taste buds will revel in the grandness of ingredients and flavours.
Sweet, sour and spicy, crunchy and chewy, Thai food is as much about flavour as it is about texture. Rooted in tradition, the use of ingredients like lemongrass and coconut along with soybean and shrimp paste create dishes that tantalize. Favourite Thai dishes include soups like tom yum, salads like som tam, mains like massaman curry and pad Thai and desserts like yellow mango with sticky rice and candied pumpkin and coconut custard.
If you thought that American food is McDonald’s, think again. So, what exactly is American food? It’s everything from bagels and barbecue to hamburgers and hotdogs. There’s no one dish that defines American cuisines. It’s a mélange of foods from across the world that are given a unique regional style to produce a wide array of different kinds of dishes that are baked, grilled, fried and sautéed.
Beyond pastas and pizzas, Italian food is eaten as much in the country as it is across the world. The ultimate go-to cuisine, home style recipes with innovative twists make modern Italian food a popular fare. Of course, the generous use of cheese in every dish does help. Italian desserts offer a tempting treat as well from gelato to tiramisu!
From empanadas and enchiladas to tacos and tamales, Mexican food is all things delicious. One of the best things about Mexican food is that it’s well-suited for vegetarian palates too!
Precise in taste and technique, Japanese food, although deceptively minimalist in appearance, is extravagant in flavours. Seafood is a big part of Japanese food and sushi and sashimi are the favourites as are soba and sukiyaki. Miso soup is the perfect start to any Japanese meal and green tea serves as a great digestive at the end of it.
Known for flavours brought alive by spices, some of the best food in the world is right here on home ground. From the north to the south, from dal to dosa, Indian food has notoriety the world over for the riot of flavours it creates in your mouth. With so many regions, all boasting of their unique dishes, Indian food offers the ultimate gastronomical indulgence.
The Spanish love their food be it paella loaded with fresh seafood, rice, spices and vegetables or fabada that combines ingredients like beans, sausage and chorizo. Tapas or small Spanish savory dishes are an all day and night affair. Olives, cheese, meats and seafood are served hot or cold and really bring out the best of the region’s cuisine. For something sweet, a churro with chocolate is a popular dessert.
In spite of bringing traditional dishes like fish and chips, bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie to the world, England doesn’t nearly get enough credit for its cuisine. Classic and comforting, the food is simple when it comes to flavours. From a traditional English high tea with scones and ribbon sandwiches to kidney pudding and meat roast, the variety of English food is a gourmand’s dream.
Author: Devika Khosla
With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.