Best Food to Try Around the World
Hong Kong, HK
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Posted about 5 years ago
Hong Kong
Yum Cha -- If I can only eat one type of food for the rest of my life, I reckon it would be Yum Cha. Yum Cha literally translates to 'drink tea' in cantonese, and it is a typical Hong Kong/Cantonese style breakfast or lunch where you indulge in a vast selection of tapas serving of dumplings, dim sums and desserts. I still have fond memories of having Yum Cha every Sunday with my parents, it is a slow lunch so we got to spend quality time together, or my parents just read the newspaper when me and my sister drew all over the table cloth.
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Japan, JP
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Posted about 5 years ago
Japan
Okonomiyaki -- Japan is obviously known for sushi and ramen, next time when you are in Japan try the Japanese savoury pancake calls Okonomiyaki. Okonomiyaki is typically cooked on a hot plate, mixing all ingredients in a batter in the Kansai style, or layered with your choice of ingredients and noodles in the Hiroshima style. Both topped with a special Okonomiyaki sauce, seaweed flakes and Japanese Kewpie Mayonnaise. Oishii!
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HI, United States
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Posted about 5 years ago
Hawaii
Poke -- I first heard of and tried Poké when I visited Hawaii a few year ago, since then it had boomed and became quite the cool food (no pun intended) to eat. Poké is a Native Hawaiian cuisine featuring diced raw fish (typically tuna) or octopus, often served as an appetizer or part of a main course. You can find this very easily in supermarkets in Hawaii, they come in many variations with different seasoning and toppings.
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Shanghai, Shanghai
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Posted about 5 years ago
Shanghai
Xiao Long Bao -- I call these 'Soupy dumplings' as these little streamed buns are filled with meat as well as hot soup, eat carefully and you won't want to lose any of the golden stock. Xiao Long Bao originates around Shanghai area, and you can find them easily in many dumpling restaurants.
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Sri Lanka, LK
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Posted about 5 years ago
Sri Lanka
Kottu Roti -- One thing I have learned about Sri Lankan cuisine is that they are very specific about what kind of food they eat during the day vs for dinner. As the sun starts to set you will start to hear metal chopping and banging noises from some restaurant, if you do find it you are in for a treat. Kottu Roti is a Sri Lankan dish made from a type of roti bread, chopped up and stir fried with vegetables, egg and/or meat and spices. It is absolutely delicious and quite enjoyable to watch the chefs making them in the kitchen.
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Iceland, IS
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Posted about 5 years ago
Iceland
Lobster Soup -- Icelandic lobster is meant to be amazing, but if you are like me who don't quite have the budget for a full lobster, your next best option will be the lobster soup, and it will keep you warm! I was recommended Saegreifinn in Reykjavik by a local Icelander and I was not disappointed. The soup is tangy, creamy and full of umami flavours from the seafood. The restaurant is super popular so expect to line up for a while to order and get a table.
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Ireland
Oysters -- Maybe because Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic (cue cold and fresh water) that's why their oysters are so damn good, in particularly the Kelly Oysters from Galway Bay. The Irish Oysters are quite big compare to the ones from Australia, they are meaty and creamy, but tender at the same time. Apparently oysters are such an established part of Ireland’s culinary background that it has its own dedicated oyster season with food festivals all over the country.
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Sydney, NSW
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Posted about 5 years ago
Sydney
Black Star Pastry Watermelon Cake -- Black Pastry started as a humble little café in a suburb calls Newtown in Sydney, but very quickly the company expanded to 4 stores with regular international presence thanks to their signature Watermelon Cake, which by the way was 'the world's most instagrammed cake' in 2013. It is a stunning and delicate cake constructed with layers of dacquiose, watermelon and rose-scented cream, edible roses and strawberries to top everything off.
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Israel, IL
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Israel
Shwarma -- Shawarma is a Middle Eastern meat dish based on the Turkish doner kebab, but the Israeli version comes in a pita pocket stuffed with fresh salad and different sauces. The meat is often seasoned marinated shavings of beef, chicken or lamb, cooked slowly to keep the juices and flavour in. Pick a popular street vendor and takeaway joint instead of restaurant, they are much cheaper and oh-so-tasty!
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Bali, Indonesia
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Posted about 5 years ago
Bali
All Balinese Food, Especially Sambal -- When I went to Bali recently I did not even bother to put on my swimwear because I was constantly eating. Balinese food in general is absolutely to die for, so full of flavour, well cooked and they sure know how to use their spices. The one thing that I was most impressed of was their way of experimenting modern dishes with a Balinese twist, even in cocktails. There are so many good restaurant options in Bali but my favourite is cooking it myself! Join a cooking class and learn all about their cuisine, and replicate it at home. I highly recommend Canggu Cooking Retreat, set in a stunning villa and operated by the Sarong Group who owns some of the most popular restaurants in Bali such as Sarong, Mama San and Hujan.
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