If you’re a self-confessed foodie, you know that you’re always on the hunt for the most delicious cuisine wherever you are. When travelling, it may be one of your first thoughts to Google the best food spots and what food the country or city is known for. To narrow down the search, here’s a top ten list of the world’s most beloved foods by their location:
Canada – Poutine
For anyone that hasn’t tried this delicious Canadian staple, poutine is French fries topped with brown gravy and cheese curds. Decadent and warming, it’s the ultimate treat for foodies to tuck into whilst travelling around the Great White North.
Mexico – Chilaquiles
Mexico is home to an array of delicious foods. From guacamole to tostadas, you won’t be lost on things to enjoy. But one of the most popular traditional dishes is chilaquiles. A breakfast delight that features fried corn tortillas topped with red or green salsa, fried or scrambled eggs, pulled chicken, cream and cheese—every inch of this is a dream for foodies.
Italy – Pizza
This may seem like the obvious answer, but it doesn’t make it any less delectable. Originating in Naples, Italian pizza is unlike anything you’ve ever tried before. With an array of toppings to choose from, the fresh stone-baked pizzas are guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds.
South Africa – Biltong
Created from ostrich, beef or other game meats, biltong is a cured meat produced in South Africa. Similar to jerky, it is spiced and salted before being dried out. It can be enjoyed as a snack or as an accompaniment to a meal whilst exploring the diverse country.
Japan – Sashimi
For those sushi lovers, sashimi is a must try. Popular throughout the country, it is made with fresh raw fish (such as tuna or salmon) and is served with pickled ginger and wasabi, a spicy green paste made from Japanese horseradish. Sashimi is refreshing and full of flavor but healthy, so you can enjoy it often without guilt.
France – Ratatouille
Made even more popular by the 2007 Disney film that carries the same name, ratatouille is a beloved French dish (from the southeastern region of Provence) that incorporates an array of stewed vegetables. Light and often served alongside a meat dish (or by itself), it’s indulgent yet healthy.
Spain – Paella
Get a real taste of Spain with this traditional dish. Best accompanied with a glass of wine, this rice dish can feature chicken, seafood and vegetables created using an array of spices.
Australia/New Zealand – Meat pies
Loved in both Australia and New Zealand, meat pies can be found in almost every corner cafe and takeaway. Traditionally created with a shortcrust and a mouth-watering beef mince gravy, this rich snack will fill you up and delight the senses.
Greece – Moussaka
Traditionally created with minced lamb, tomato, onion, garlic, potato, cheese and sautéed eggplant, moussaka is a decadent Greek dish that dates back 100’s of years. Full of a variety of flavors, there are meat and vegetarian takes on this oven-baked dish.
Hawaii – Poke
And finally, poke. Enjoyed across the Hawaiian Islands, poke is a raw-fish salad that can be created using a variety of different fish. An incredibly fresh and light dish, it is available in cafes and luxury restaurants alike.