TOP 5 BEST Countries to Visit if you love FOOD

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Admit it, the food we eat is often one of the main highlights whenever we are on holiday. Some countries have food so good that you can walk into any small restaurant on the street and come out satisfied. Every single meal you eat in these countries is a precious one, just because there are so many local delicacies and yet so little time to taste them all. So which countries am I talking about, and what is their best food? Here are the top 5 best countries to visit if you love to eat!

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#1: FRANCE

France is famous for many things such as its beautiful architecture and rich culture, but its food also draws millions of visitors to the country every year. Beyond wine and cheese, there are much more savoury French dishes that will leave you longing for more. In fact, a French restaurant called Mirazur from Menton, France just got voted as The World’s Best Restaurant of 2019 based on a vote by over a thousand international industry experts.

Iles flottante

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Bouillabaisse

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WHAT TO EAT

  • Escargots à la Bourguignonne – oven roasted snails with creamy garlic butter
  • Quiche lorraine – pastry crust filled with cream, milk, eggs, nutmeg and bacon
  • Bouillabaisse – a fish stew made with herbs and spices such as garlic, onions, tomatoes, olive oil, fennel, saffron, thyme and bay
  • Iles flottante – meringue floating on vanilla custard
  • Bœuf bourguignon – beef stew braised in red wine

WHERE TO GO

  • Bourdeaux for wine
  • Lille for a taste of Flemish influence
  • Dijon for escargots and beef stew

#2: JAPAN

My mother once said that if she were fluent in Japanese, she would be living in Japan – and I can definitely see why. It’s difficult to explain how the Japanese do it, but their food is cooked (or prepared, the case of sashimi) to perfection everywhere you go. But I suspect it has something to do with the fact that it was a Japanese man who discovered the fifth basic taste – unami, also known as “savoury“. This taste is found in food such as meat, cheese and mushrooms to name a few, which are all common ingredients in your favourite Japanese dishes.

Gyutan

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Okonomiyaki

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WHAT TO EAT

  • Okonomiyaki – a pancake with flour, yam and egg
  • Gyutan – soft beef tongue
  • Fugu – puffer fish
  • Tsukemono – preserved vegetables
  • Kashipan – buns stuffed with jam or chocolate cream

WHERE TO GO

  • Hakodate for seafood
  • Fukuoka for ramen
  • Kyoto for tofu
  • Matsumoto for soba noodles

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#3: SPAIN

What comes to mind when you think of Spain? For me, it’s surely fiestas, football and food. Spanish food is the kind that you never want to forget after eating and the kind that makes you eagerly anticipate your next meal. And the best part is, high-quality food can easily be found almost anywhere in Spain, often leaving you spoilt for choice. If I were to list out all the Spanish delicacies you must try, I would never be able to finish, but these are the indispensable ones.

Jamón ibérico

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Churros con chocolate

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WHAT TO EAT

  • Tapas – small portions of food usually served as appetizers or snacks
  • Arròs negre – cuttlefish rice
  • Jamon iberico – Iberian ham
  • Tortilla española – omelette with eggs, potatoes and onions
  • Churros con chocolate – churros with chocolate. This may just be my favourite out of everything else I’ve listed here. It’s nothing like the ones they sell at theme parks. I think I’ll remember the taste of this one for life!

WHERE TO GO

  • Valencia for paella
  • Granada for tapas
  • Barcelona for chocolate
  • Seville for ham

#4: ITALY

Italy – home of the Colosseum, luxury sports cars and lots of hand gestures. Also where our favourite staple foods pizza and pasta originate from. But surely there is more to Italian food than linguine and Pepperoni pizza. Though of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have some authentic Italian spaghetti or pizza while you’re there. It’s not going to be easy knowing you can’t try everything, but here are some dishes that you cannot miss out on.

Arancini

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Bistecca alla Fiorentina

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WHAT TO EAT

  • Bistecca alla Fiorentina – T-bone steak
  • Focaccia – oven-baked bread similar to pizza dough
  • Tortelli di zucca – pasta stuffed with squash or pumpkin filling
  • Tartufo nero – black truffle
  • Arancini – stuffed rice balls filled with meat or cheese and coated with bread crumbs

WHERE TO GO

  • Florence for steak
  • Rome for spaghetti
  • Milan for risotto
  • Bologna for tortellini

#5: THAILAND

I’m sure we’ve all had our fair share of Thai food in Singapore’s restaurants, but nothing can compare to the original dishes right from the heart of Thailand. From filling meals to absolutely delicious desserts, Thailand’s food has it all. The wide range of rich flavours found in every single Thai dish is certainly fascinating. Here, we’ve picked out a few that you may have never tried before.

Khao soi

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Khanom bueang

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WHAT TO EAT

  • Pad phuk tong – stir-fried pumpkin
  • Khao soi – creamy coconut curry noodle soup
  • Cha om kai – omelette with acacia leaves
  • Khanom bueang – crispy pancakes or crepes
  • Roti sai mai – floss or cotton candy wrapped in sweet roti

WHERE TO GO

  • Chiang Mai for noodle soup
  • Hua Hin for seafood
  • Phuket for stir-fried ice cream

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