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Delicious Foods Worth Flying For

FoodsEnjoying food is a wonderful human experience, whether you are home or you are on travel or holiday. It is such a pleasurable and delicious multisensory experience for a traveler to get to know the culture of a certain destination. For foodies, choosing a destination is most often based on the destination’s culinary and gastronomic offerings. Before making any final decision, insofar as destination is concerned, check out their local cuisine.

The number of foods you can experience knows no boundaries. For starters, if you are looking for some special dishes that can justify travel, you can check out Mark Wiens’ suggestions he made in Migrationology’s (Travel for Food) post 33 Foods Worth Traveling Across the World Just to Eat.

Wiens writes, “After returning from any trip I’ll often reflect, browse through my photos, and realize that by far the most memorable experiences I had all revolved around food. And that’s no surprise… Not just because I’m a food obsessed individual, but because food is an essential ingredient of human life – survival, culture, tradition, lifestyle, festivals, relationships, comforts – food plays a part in everything.”

He then proceeded to present a list of 33 foods “worth trekking the globe to hunt down.”  The first ten are:

  1. Poke (Hawaii, USA): It’s raw Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi) with soy sauce, sea salt, sesame oil, sweet onions,  chili pepper, and limu seaweed.
  2. Aguachido (Playa del Carmen, Mexico): The dish is made from fresh shrimp marinated in lemon juice infused with veggies and clamato.
  3. Khao Soi (Thailand):  The famous Thai egg noodles suffused with coconut-based curry broth topped with crispy egg noodles and served with pickled greens.
  4. Poulet Yassa / Chicken Yassa (Senegal): The chicken is marinated in a mixture of lemon, chile, onion with a hint of Dijon mustard.
  5. White Pizza – Old Forge Pizza (Pennsylvania, USA): This has a double crust with cheese filling.
  6. Kobe Beef (Shin Kobe, Japan): It’s a …”Melt-in-your-mouth, mouth-watering-goodness is how we’d describe Kobe beef!
  7. Eggplant Satsivi (Georgia): It is an appetizer that has been pureed with walnuts and spices, and then chilled before serving.
  8. Gujarati Thali (State of Gujarat, India): It is a dish of ten wildly delicious saccharine vegetarian curries served with spiced vegetables, dhal (lentils), salad and a delicious dessert arranged in a round tin plate.
  9. Nghêu Hấp Xả / Steamed Clams w/ lemongrass (Vietnam): A pot of baby clams cooked with lemon grass and served piping hot.
  10. Nasi Lemak (Malaysia): This fried chicken and sambal squid dish are cooked in coconut milk, boiled egg, chili sambal anchovies, half a hard-boiled egg, peanuts and cucumbers.

The second ten includes (11) Bibim Guksu from South Korea,  (12) Panang Curry with Chicken from Thailand, (13) Meze and (14) Turkish Hamsi from Turkey, (15) Reuben Sandwich from Sherman’s Deli in California, USA, (16) Chashumen – Shoyu Pork Noodle from Ginza District in  Tokyo, Japan, (17) Pastel de Nata / Pastéis de Belém from Belém Bakery in Portugal, (18) Jalebi from India, (19) Khinkali  from Uncornered Market in Republic of Georgia, and (20) Potato Wedges w/ Sour Cream & Sweet Chill Sauce from Australia.

The third set has the following special dishes: (21) Dolsot Bibimbap 돌솥 비빔밥  from South Korea, (22) Fugu “Puffer Fish” Sashimi from Shimonoseki, Japan, (23) Truffle Extravaganza Meal from Tuscany, Italy, (24) Salteñas from Bolivia, (25) Sichuan Hot Pot from China, (26)

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur from Reykjavík, Iceland, (27) Samoosas from South Africa, (28) Aioli from France, specifically Provence, (29) Troll King Salmon from Seattle, WA, USA, and (30) Hamsi Tava from Black Sea coast in Turkey.

The last three are: (31) Madagascar Vanilla Millefeuille from Chateau Richeux in Brittany, France, (32) Mahaberawi from Ethiopia, and (33) Tagine from Morocco. Wienz added three to this long list: (34) Chuanchuan – Chengdu Hot Pot from Chengdu, China, (35) Bao Zi 包子 from China, and (36) Num Banh Chok from Cambodia.

They are not the most sophisticated, complicated or layered flavors you might expect from a meal you’ll have to cross oceans to eat. Rather, they are fresh, simple and local. Each of these reflects much of the local colors and flavors, as well as its history, culture and people, the very reasons why these foods are worth navigating the globe for.

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