When you visit a new land, eating its traditional foods is an easy way to know a little bit about local culture and some specialities. Therefore, it is said that food and travel go together like planes and airports. Here are eight countries where you can enjoy the most delicious dishes and find out interesting things about their cuisines.
Located at the crossroads of India, China and Oceania, Thailand owns a unique cuisine that combines the best of all three cultures. Garlic and chillies are two common ingredients in Thai dishes. Other typical elements include lime juice, coriander and lemon grass, which offer Thai cuisine its characteristic tang.
Enjoying Thai cuisine is among common habits of travelers when visiting this country
Greece is famous for its true taste that depends on fresh and unadulterated staples from olives to octopus. Visitors can enjoy oven-fresh bread, rosy tomatoes or fish fresh from the Mediterranean without masking original flavors.
In Greece, each Wednesday and Friday are traditionally regarded as fast days or no-meat days
China has one of the world’s finest palates from small shops to five-star banquet halls and its cuisine perfectly matches with cultural precepts of Yin and Yang (balance and harmony). It means that menu for a day often includes cooling foods like vegetables and fruit to counter warming spices and meat.
Chinese people respect rice but also choose noodles as a main food
The French are well-known for their foodstuffs from cheese and champagne to snails and baguettes. Depending on distinct climate and geography, each region features a great variety of special specialities. The lunchtime is considered as the main meal of a day by many parts in this country.
A fully fledged home-cooked dinner consists of six distinct dishes
Saffron, cumin and honeyed sweets are major cooking flavor spices in regional Spanish cuisines including Barcelona. The area features a mixture of ingredients and traditional adds, in which seafoods and meat are in a rich array of sauces.
Dinner is the main event but never starts before 9pm in the country
Influenced by Spanish, French and African cultures, the Mexican cuisine is varied and considers corn and bean as two prominent ingredients to process foods for daily meals and celebrations.
Enchiladas, tacos and quesadillas are traditional and famous dishes of this country
Indonesia & Malaysia
Indonesian and Malaysian cuisines are greatly influenced by Chinese, Portuguese, Indian colonists and traders from their ingredients to culinary concepts. The abundance of rice is characteristics of the region’s fertile terraced landscape. Though the cooking in two countries is not complex, its tastes still keep separate, simple and substantial.
The spices used for cooking are varied and typical, which reminds of a time of trade and invasion