Food. Aside from adventure, this is one of the main reasons why people travel. Treating your taste buds to flavors that may have been non-existent in the past and filling your belly with things you didn't even realize were edible is worth a trip across the ocean.
Your study, volunteer or work abroad endeavors may take you to a number of countries with fabulous foods. But if you consider yourself a true foodie, you should try to book a trip to one of these delectable destinations.
Known for serving sausages, pork, sauerkraut and beer, Germany is a country that may require you to add an extra notch to your belt. This rich and heavy food is definitely worth a try if you ever find yourself near Deutschland. Aside from being delicious, it's also fun to say. "Yes, I would like das wiener schnitzel, please."
Greatly influenced by its location on the Mediterranean Sea, Greece serves light dishes consisting of seafood, fruits and vegetables. If you travel to inland Greece, you'll find cheese incorporated into more dishes. Be sure to try the lentil soups, Greek stuffed squid, traditional Greek salads and the inland cheese pie triangles when you journey to to this Mediterranean country.
As an island, Japan is another country greatly influenced by its ocean surroundings. Seafood and rice are very common within Japanese cuisine. Sushi, in particular, is one of the foods Japan is known for. Travelers to Japan should try traditional Japanese Ramen, Tempura and Sashimi. The thought of eating raw seafood, which is popular in many dishes, may be frightening to some. Just remember that you traveled abroad to try new things and go for it!
Traditional Mexican dishes are much better than the Americanized version served at fast food restaurants across the globe. The spicy dishes served with a variety of sauces and seasonings are sure to have you drooling while in Mexico. Enchiladas, grilled tostadas and crispy gorditas are just a few of the dishes worth sampling during your journey in Mexico.
Chinese food is another victim of fast food and takeout alteration. Authentic Chinese food can be hard to find, so why not play it safe and travel to China? Dim sum, sesame chicken, spring rolls, sweet and sour pork... these are all dishes that need to be sampled in China.
Thai food is a cultural blend of Chinese and Indian, meaning your taste buds will be hit with the sweet and sour flavors of China mixed with the spicy seasonings of India. Popular dishes in Thailand include spicy shrimp soup, papaya salad, fried curry with pork and Pad Thai (a common noodle dish).
India is the land of spices. Some dishes in this country can contain as many as 25 spices, including cumin, coriander and black pepper. Sweet Indian dishes often include cashews, almonds and raisins or other dried fruits. A few dishes worth trying include butter chicken, chickpea curry, red lamb, and black lentils.
Rice, seafood and legumes are all staple foods in Indonesia. Indonesian dishes are both healthy and flavorful; their use of fresh fruits and vegetables along with sweet, spicy and sour sauces make Indonesian food a delicious and nutritious choice. If you head to this island country, be sure to try the peanut sauce, chicken satay and Indonesian spiced rice.
If you love pastas and tomato-based sauces, you need to try these foods in the country that invented them: Italy. Italians take pride in their cooking, and each region has their own twist on classic dishes. If you travel to Italy, visit a number of cities and compare the flavor and preparation differences in your favorite meals. Traditional dishes in Italy include bruschetta, gnocchi, pizza and lasagna.
France is known for its breads, cheeses, wines and delectable dishes. Food is incredibly important to the French culture; meals could last hours and contain a large number of beautifully displayed courses. If the French take their food so seriously, you better believe it's worth experiencing for yourself. Some traditional French dishes include duck in wine sauce, crepes and ratatouille.
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