4 cuisines you must try on your travels around the world

Have you ever noticed how even the faintest smell or taste can instantly transport you back to the moment you first experienced it? Food awakens the senses and heightens experiences, so it’s no wonder we spend so much time and money seeking out the very best. Each area of the world is rich with different flavours and textures, combined to create mouth-watering dishes. From aromatic spices to sweet-toothed deserts, here are four cuisines that you must try on your travels around the world.

 

  1. Greece
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Greek food is known for being fresh and flavoursome. Greece’s location means that its traditional cuisine is inspired by both Eastern and Western foods. There will always be plenty of dishes containing fresh fish and vegetables, with lamb being very popular here too. Other Greek delights include:

  • Gyros – hot rotisserie chicken or pork wrapped up in pitta bread with tomatoes, tzatziki and often fries, perfect after a night out!
  • Spanakopita – Essentially a spinach pie made from chopped spinach, feta cheese and spring onions in filo pastry
  • Dolmades – Vine leaves stuffed with rice and seasoned minced meat, very tasty!

 

  1. Italy

 

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When you think of Italy, pasta and pizza immediately spring to mind. Food is a massive part of the culture here. Many Italian-inspired foods are available to us at home, but your frozen supermarket pizza is nothing when compared with a fresh, out-of-the-oven Margherita in the streets of Italy. The Italians like to keep their pizzas simple and don’t use excessive amounts of cheese. There’s no need to overload with toppings when the few selected are of the highest quality and create a mouth-watering blend of flavours.

Other things to try in Italy include:

  • Pasta, of course! Go for a traditional Spaghetti Bolognese or try one of the many other dishes available.
  • Arancini – Risotto balls covered in breadcrumbs and deep fried. These are fabulous with a tomato-based dip.
  • Gelato – Italian ice cream for those with a sweet tooth.
  • Coffee – The Italians like their coffee strong but there are many different ways to enjoy it.

 

  1. Japan
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Japanese cuisine has a whole culture surrounding it. The etiquette is different based on what or where you are eating, and the chefs even go to the effort of matching the décor of the dish your meal is served in to complement the food itself. Foods you should be sure to try include:

 

  • Tempura – Seafood or vegetables that have been deep fried
  • Any noodle dishes! There are several different types of noodles including Soba, udon and ramen. Noodles are a staple ingredient in Japan and are often combined with meats and vegetables and cooked in soy sauce.
  • Sushi – Contrary to popular belief, sushi is not just raw fish. It’s actually vinegared rice with other ingredients

 

 

 

 

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This North African country is home to subtle spices and aromatic flavours. Here, the tagine, a clay cooking pot, is a favoured method of food preparation. Savoury stews are slow cooked with spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, cumin and saffron, creating a mouth-watering delicacy. Another staple dish is couscous. Unlike the bland packet couscous you will find in the supermarket, in Morocco it’s steamed over stewing meat and vegetables absorbing plenty of flavour before being served with buttermilk or sweet raisin preserve.

 

Whilst you should endeavour to experience as many of these delightful foods as possible, you don’t want food poisoning to ruin your holiday. Check out this guide on how to avoid Delhi belly when travelling and enjoy you

 

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  1. I was so spoiled by Venetian pizza that I can barely eat the American versions. Genoa ruined me for American coffee : ) I wasn’t impressed with the food in Morocco, the tagines are flavorful but salad / raw vegetables were hard to find, which struck me as was odd, given that Morocco is the agricultural capitol of the Maghreb. I think my favorite so far is Turkey. Istanbuli breakfasts are a thing of legend…

  2. Italian happy to say that it is my daily cooking, Japanese is a delight of which I do not deny the pleasures … Greek and Moroccan I have to discover it!

  3. Yes! I LOVE to eat, so trying new foods is always a plus for me. I would pig out in Italy, I know that. I LOVE pizza and pasta.

  4. Yeees! I agree with Tara, the most fun part of travel is trying all the amazing food. I don’t think I have ever visited a place where I didn’t find something cool and interesting to try.

    When I moved to Japan, I managed to try something completely new every day for at least the first two months. It always blows my mind just how many cool (and tasty) dishes you can try there. There is so much more than tempura, noodles and sushi!

    I do *love* all your choices though. Italian, Greek and Moroccan food are all sooo tasty!

  5. AS much as I would love to try all of these, Italy is my number one destination! My husband’s family is from Italy so it would be a really fun trip to take him on, and of course the food is amazing.

  6. I love to try different food when I travel. Not made it to Morocco yet so look forward to trying those dishes

  7. I could have all those food you presented, I must say when traveling abroad the food speaks about a certain culture.

  8. This list of delights brings excitement to my eyes. I have been to Greece with their 365 salads, one salad for every day of the year. I have also tried Dolmades and they were okay. I have been to Italy twice and their 7-course meals are amazing. I can barely get through the first and second course (antipasti and pizza). Although I have not been to Japan yet I have already tried Sushi and Soba noodles as my children are crazy about those. I am planning to go to Morocco soon.

  9. This is making me so hungry for my favorite foods of Greece and Italy — you really nailed those! I loved the tempura and noodles when I was in Japan, but I’m afraid I’m not a fan of sushi (anywhere). I’ve not been to Morocco (yet), but I’m looking forward to trying their cuisine!

  10. Thanks for the recommendations on dishes. I am a vegetarian and I will definitely try you veg dishes suggestion. Can you suggest more vegetarian dishes?

  11. One thing I like about traveling is not only knowing and learning about the place. But also trying their local cuisine and this is a perfect example. I love the platter on top.

  12. I have only tried Italian out of the list, my daughter loves it and we cook it more than any other kind of meal. Maybe I need to travel more

  13. This was such a good reminder that even if you can’t travel, you can try most cuisines right where you are. Trying new foods close to home makes home feel a little more exotic.

  14. I love trying new foods, especially if they arent traditionally from where Im at! These all sound great!

  15. These are wonderful destinations and food choice. I pick Italy as above them all. Pizza, pasta and everything about it.

  16. Great suggestions, my fave cuisine is the Italian one followed by the greek one. Also, Romanian cuisine is very delicious.

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