10 Foods Around The World To Try Before You Die
Sampling the local cuisine can help you make friends, understand the history, politics or religion of the place you're visiting and provide a lasting memory of your trip. Food and travel go hand in hand, and there's no better way to delve deep into a destination than to try its most famous dishes.
No matter where you go around the world, every culture puts its own spin on food, whether they're serving a slightly different version of a familiar favorite or a strange (to you) dish sure to challenge even the most adventurous eater.
From China's famous Peking duck to good old US barbecue, here are ten iconic dishes from around the world that every traveler should try at least once!
China: Peking duck
The imperial dish, Peking duck from China is synonymous with superior Chinese food of the non-takeaway variety. What makes this particular roast duck a standout 'try before you die' candidate is the garlicky sweet crispy skin. Plating up the dish is an event in itself: order the whole duck, and the bird will be carved in front of you.
First you'll be served the famously crispy sweet skin. Next, juicy slivers of meat will be carved and served with steamed pancakes, spring onions and a sweet hoisin sauce so you can create your own Peking duck pancakes. If you're still hungry, the remaining duck will be served as a stir fry or broth.
You've got to try snails at least once in your life, if only to try to distinguish their flavor lurking beneath all that garlic butter. The ancient Romans ate snails, and they're eaten across the globe from Morocco to Cambodia. However, it's the French who are most readily identified with these tasty morsels, ideally sourced from Burgundy.
Escargots are generally eaten as an appetizer, served in the shell and cooked in a delicious melange of garlicky parsley butter. And what do they taste like? As you might expect, the texture is firm, but shouldn't be chewy, and the flavor underneath all that garlic and butter is similar to mussels
The national casserole in Greece is a certain must-try dish, and these days there aren't many of us who haven't succumbed to this melting concoction. The Greek answer to the Italian lasagne, the dish is made by smothering layers of ingredients in a cheese béchamel sauce, and baking until creamily melted and golden.
Along with ground beef or lamb, the major ingredient in a traditional moussaka is eggplant; regional varieties might use other vegetables following this method, such as artichokes and potatoes. The salted and browned slices of eggplant are layered with meat stewed with onions, garlic, tomatoes and spices. Wherever you live, the resulting cheesy casserole is a heart-warming dish to serve in winter.
India: Masala dosa
If one subcontinental meal could persuade a committed carnivore to order vegetarian, my vote would go to a masala dosa in South India. The plate-covering, paper-thin pancake is made from rice and lentils, cooked to lacy perfection on a hot griddle. What creates the flavor is a spiced concoction of mashed cooked potatoes and fried onions, served with a liberal dose of garlicky chutney.
Italy: Zucchini flowers
Everyone who's eaten Tuscany's fiore di zucca, or deep-fried zucchini flowers, says they're to die for, so it makes sense to add them to our list. The tender yellow zucchini flowers are stuffed with a delicious filling, maybe herbed ricotta or mozzarella, then dipped into a simple tempura-like batter and sizzled in olive oil. The result is a melt-in-the mouth, sweetly crisp sensation that must be eaten immediately.