As a self-professed foodie, I love experiencing the culture of different places through their foods. This guide to eating overseas was created out of my dreams. These are the places I want to visit and the food I want to eat.
A Guide To Eating Overseas
You’ve got so many amazing places to eat in America, you can’t beat the big barbecue places, or the traditional chicken and waffle houses, but there’s so much more to vacations than staying in one territory. So, if you’re thinking about using travel as an experience to sample the culinary delights of the world, heading east is a great way to get some good eatin’! So, here are a few sample choices of the delights you can check out…
The United Kingdom’s Fish And Chips
One of the tastiest and rustic delicacies ever, the traditional fish and chips is a staple of British food. Cod rolled in batter, and deep fried, with chunky chips, and some salt and vinegar is one of the best ways to enjoy a visit to a quaint British seaside town.
If you are heading to the UK, and are spending a few days in London, take the trip down to Brighton, and experience, not just the vibrant culture, but you can take a stroll along Brighton pier with a traditional fish and chips meal in a tray. One of the best fish and chips in Brighton is at the pier’s Palm Court restaurant, which you can find out about at http://www.brightonpier.co.uk/eat-and-drink/savoury-snacks but rest assured, for one of the simplest yet satisfying meals, you can’t go wrong with fish and chips! Whether it’s pouring with rain, or blisteringly hot, fish and chips seems to be the perfect accompaniment throughout anybody’s travels of the British Isles.
France’s Foie Gras
Hop over the channel and into France, and you’ve got one of the most divisive foodstuffs ever. While France is famous for serving snails as one of the more questionable food items, foie gras is incredibly intriguing. Foie gras, French for “fat liver”, is made out of duck or goose liver that has been purposely fattened up. It tastes very buttery and delicate, but unsurprisingly, very rich.
You can either eat it as it is, or consume it in pate or mousse forms. It’s also a lovely accompaniment to big, beefy meats like steak. But if you are looking for a place to sample the dish in a traditional setting, L’avant Comptoir in Paris serves up hot foie gras with bell peppers as one of its many tapas dishes.
The hallmark of many European countries is its variations of stew, and in Poland, bigos is one of the most popular. It is a dish consisting of various meats, such as pork, beef, or poultry, stewed into a dish with shredded cabbage and sauerkraut. Anything goes when it comes to bigos, and is one of the essential dishes served to travelers. The great thing about it is that it doesn’t spoil quickly, and due to the depth of flavor, every time the dish is reheated, it gets tastier!
Try it served in a bread bowl with a tasty glass of beer, and you’ve got a nourishing meal that will help you go the distance, not to mention the healthy probiotics in the sauerkraut. While travelling through Poland, get to Krakow, and you’ve got Enoteka Pergamin, which serves various polish delicacies, and can be washed down with some traditional polish wine.
Indonesia’s Beef Rendang
While the Far East has its fair share of spicy dishes, if you go to Indonesia for a lengthy period of time, you will become well versed in the dish they call rendang. Originally, this was served during ceremonial occasions to honor guests, and is pretty close in texture and style to a curry but it’s not considered to be one in Indonesia. If hot food is something that you can’t live without, Indonesia is full of spicy goodness, not just rendang.
When heading into Jakarta, you have so much in the way of choice the only way to get a true appreciation of everything on offer is to spend some quality time in Jakarta itself. If you are looking at an extensive stay, there are houses for rent and sale on sites like https://www.rumah.com/rumah-dijual/di-area-jakarta-selatan-idjk03/dibawah-400juta-rupiah but as rendang is the national dish of Indonesia, you won’t have far to go to get a true taste of this flavorsome meat dish. You don’t have to go for beef, you can either have lamb or goat, but beef is so tasty. As far as comfort food is concerned in Indonesia, this takes some beating!
Australia’s Kangaroo Meat
Only the brave may apply! While this meat is a staple for the indigenous Australian people, you can easily get kangaroo meat in any food store in Australia. As far as taste is concerned, it’s very gamey. It’s almost like a cross between buffalo and venison, and if you are looking for a meat to replace steak, or you are looking for something different in your protein, kangaroo meat is a very exotic option.
But while most people consider kangaroo to be a bit “out there”, it’s not one of the worst tasting meats in the world (that title is reserved for organ meats)! But if you still feel a little bit tempted, one way to compromise is to go for a kangaroo burger, or even a kangaroo pizza. There are plenty of gourmet burger chains that serve it up in Australia, but Moo Gourmet Burgers based in Sydney can serve you up a side order of fries and even some beer if you fancy it!
Making your journey out east is a pilgrimage in the most spiritual of religions, but if food is your religion, you should worship at the temple/restaurants of these countries and sample the local cuisine. They say “when in Rome do as the romans do”, but really, just eat everything in sight!
If you are looking for a way to appreciate the culture of a specific country, you can’t go far wrong by sampling what food they have to offer. Take the opportunity to head east, stopping at some of the greatest sites in the world, but at the same time, get down and dirty with the foods native to that country.