A country’s food will reveal a lot about its culture. Because eating is a routine that we are so accustomed to, we forget that food can be a very meaningful part of life. The way food is prepared, the way it tastes, and how it is presented shows a country’s values. Take Mexico, for example, whose spicy, cheesy, and bright flavors parallel its musical, exotic, and colorful culture. Compare Mexico to the acutely organized and artistic sushi of Japan, whose culture is similarly efficient and creative, and it becomes apparent how cultures and their food are related to one another.
Absorbing yourself in the food of a culture, even trying the things that look plain questionable, is a phenomenal way to become acquainted with the culture. Often times we have to set the comfort zone aside entirely to taste foods we would could have never dreamed of before travel. But adventure and trying new things are essential factors of travel, so don’t be afraid to go for it. Bon appetit!
Take a peak at these 12 countries, with the most delicious food in the world.
Though Vietnam is still warming up to tourism, its cuisine continues to attract visitors from all around the world. Vietnamese food is healthy and abundant, featuring lots of vegetables, rice, and herbs. Ingredients that make Vietnamese food unique are the strong flavors of shrimp paste and fish sauce. Order a Banh Mi sandwich from a street vendor or try a classic bowl of Pho.
The Mediterranean diet is considered to be one of the healthiest around the world. Greek food is all about the fresh veggies, feta cheese, and olive oil, which are brought together in sensational combinations. While the salads will surely surround you, there are also delicious hot dishes, like moussaka and souvlaki.
Italy is well-known as one of the food capitals of the world. Classic Italian dishes, which are typically focused on the colors red, green, and yellow, are usually based on tomato, olive oil, and bread. When it comes to dining in Italy, be sure to try everything. You don’t want to miss out on anything, especially the panna cotta.
This surprising foodie destination uses a wide variety of spices and flavors to entertain your palate. Because Muslims don’t eat pork or drink alcohol, they get creative with beef, chicken, fish, and veggies. You will find that most of their dishes are centered around garlic, cinnamon, paprika, ginger, curry, and other big-bodied spices.
Thai cuisine consists of phenomenal rice-based dishes that will leave your tastebuds wanting more. Thai dishes have five flavor components that you will taste in nearly every meal: tart lime, fish sauce, spicy chili, salt, and something sweet. Make your first meal in Thailand the classic “pad thai,” and relish in the rich peanut, lime, and rice noodle combo.
If your favorite dinner includes sushi and sake, then Japan is probably on your destination list. Japan’s Asian cuisine is not only infamously unique and healthy, but also beautiful. Like everything in Japan, design is taken very seriously, and this is evident in their food. Refine your chopstick skills and get your fill on sashimi.
Like other parts of Asia, rice is the staple of any meal in China. Pork is the meat that’s found most often, although tons of dishes are all about the fish. You’ll find yourself surrounded by delicious noodles, dumplings, and tofu dishes in China, but beware – this cuisine isn’t known for healthiness.
Spain is sure to captivate you with its elaborate and scrumptious tapas displays. Exploring the food scene in Spain is a blast, as the tapas change depending on the region of the country. Make sure that you enjoy paella at least once on your trip, a comforting and hearty rice and seafood dish.
French cuisine doesn’t hold back, and neither do French people! Locals in France are known to indulge in bread, cheese, and wine every day. Although the food is rather expensive, French cuisine is glamorously tasty and is meant to be enjoyed enormously. Also make sure to get your pastry fix in this country, whose sweets top the charts.
Food in Mexico puts the Mexican restaurants found around the world to shame. Authentic Mexican food is spicy, fresh, and exciting. Mexican food uses delicious vegetables like avocado, pepper, and tomato, and combines them with the rich flavors of cheeses and delectable sauces. Chips, guacamole, margaritas, and the beach… What could be better?
Swiss food is a conglomeration of Italian, French, and German influence. Because of this, it can be a little challenging to wrap your mind around the defining characteristics of Swiss cuisine. That’s okay though, Switzerland proves itself in its to-die-for Swiss chocolate and cheese.
If you’ve ever been to IKEA, then you probably already know that the famous food of Sweden is the meatballs. Traditionally, the meatballs are served in a rich sauce with potatoes and pickles. Swedish food is pretty simple, with combinations of dramatic flavors. It’s certainly unique, and it’s worth a trip outside of IKEA to try the real thing.