Top 10 Destinations in the World for Food Lovers
Food Lovers' Delight
Food is literally a global passion – everyone eats it to survive themselves. If you are a food lover, that too a globetrotting one, then there are so many destinations in the world for you as a food lover that will stagger your imaginations. Hongkong, India, France, Australia and many such places beckon the food lovers each year.
If you are planning to embark on a globe trotting and looking for places that are the best food destinations in the world, then read the list given below. The quality, the aestheticism and the divinity of the cuisines at these places will enchant you like never before.
1. Brick Lane, London
Brimming with colour, revelry and life, Brick Lane in London is the perfect amalgam of history and modernity. Nicknamed as the Banglatown (due to presence of a large number of migrant Bangladeshi community), Brick Lane is a thriving community where you will find yourself amidst a culinary heaven. The Southern part of this area literally looks like a procession of curry houses, the chain often broken by vibrant Indian supermarkets. If you are staying at a hotel in Tower Hamlet, do explore this culinary heaven. There are a number of eateries where your taste buds will sing with joy.
Apart from curries, you will find the most delectable variety of Indian and Bangladeshi cuisines like Biryanis, Kebabs completed with lip-smacking desserts. Visit London and explore the rich vibrancy of Brick Lane.
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India is one of the major food spots in the world. Known for its unparalleled diversity in terms of cuisines and cooking styles, your taste buds will not have the time to rest while you are visiting this enchanting country. Either you are a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian, India throws up an astounding variety of options for you as travellers, unlike any other destination in the world. From the marinated chicken drumsticks, Samosas, Tandoori Lamb and other such delicacies in the North to the steamed rice dumplings, Upma, Hyderabadi Biryani in the South, this country will stagger your imaginations.
In fact, if you want to explore the vibrancy of the food culture here, you need to have lots of time with you as the cuisines here are more diverse than you can ever imagine.
3. Hanoi, Vietnam
If you are a street-food lover, then there could be none better place than the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi. The Old Quarter in Hanoi is the most popular destination for food lovers, especially those who want to indulge themselves into street food. These 13th century maze-like alleys are home to some exquisite food experience. Chau Long market at the Old Quarter is literally a heavenly collection of multi-course studded street food shops. You will find some of the most delicious Vietnamese dishes like Bun Cha (white noodles with grilled pork, lettuce, herbs rounded off with chilli and garlic), Pho Bo (kind of beef noodle soup), Robust Banh Xeo (egg crepes) and Banh-Cuon (steamed rice crepes stuffed with minced pork, shallots and mushrooms).
And, if you are a vegetarian, then try out Bun Do, which is a variety of Tofu soup.
4. Istanbul, Turkey
The Gateway to Asia offers the unparalleled combination of European and Asian cuisines. Snugly located between two continents of Asia and Europe, Istanbul offers the best of both the continents in terms of food experience. Even though, you can explore the whole city as every corner of Istanbul is filled with shops serving lip-smacking food. However, your food trotting in this city would be incomplete if you do not visit the Spice Bazaar. Situated on the European shore of the city, this 19th century bazaar is a gastronomic paradise. The intoxicating aroma of spices, olives, nuts, freshly grilled kebabs and sausages will delight your sense in the most delicious manner.
Pandeli restaurant at this bazaar is one of the most famous restaurants in Istanbul. Delve deep into Turkish delights like hunkar begendi (lamb shreds over eggplant puree), kuzu tandir and kagitta levrek (parchment baked sea bass).
5. Nice, France
Want to have a taste of the authentic, delicious French street food? Nice is the place for you. Haven for street food lovers, Nice is a “must-go” destination for you as a food lover. The sheer diversity and aromatic street food will enchant you quite delectably. Authentic local delicacies like Pissaladiere (caramelised onion tarts), Socca (Pancakes infused with chickpeas) and Tourtes De Blettes (Sweet tarts with chard and pinenuts) are some of the cuisines that should definitely be on your food itinerary.
In addition to the street food, Nice is home to a number of Michelin-star restaurants that serves exquisite French food. Take a peek at these restaurants too while you are in Nice. Also, while you are in France, do not forget to visit Southern France for having the best wines in the world.
6. Tasmania, Australia
Australia is emerging as the new food capital of the world because of sheer diversity in the food scene and its unique location. And, Tasmania is considered as one of the best places in Australia for food lovers. Its capital Hobart is home to the famous Salamanca market and offers some of the freshest produce on planet. At this market, you will find a number of food stalls that offer mouth-watering and fresh street food. Famous restaurants like Garagistes, Stackings and Mud Bar and Restaurant serve the best wines in the state apart from doling out divine food (especially, Garagistes).
7. Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
If you want a place where you can find the best confluence of Indian, Malay and Chinese food, then that place has to be Penang. A world-class tourist destination, Penang also is renowned for its food culture that has a profound influence of Indian and Chinese touch to it. And, the capital city of Penang, Georgetown’s lanes and streets are home to possibly the best street food in Asia. Whether you want perfectly cooked Char Kway Teow noodles or want to delve deep into the sourness of Asam Laksa (tamarind flavoured fish soup), Georgetown has it all.
8. Mexico City, Mexico
Mexican cuisines are one of the most popular and well- known cuisines of the world. Be it Tacos or traditional Chill con carne, everyone loves Mexican food. And, what better place to have the taste of unalloyed Mexican delicacies than the capital city itself? Arrive in the capital city and immerse your taste buds into the rich delicacy of Tacos Al Pastor, Burritos, Fajitas, and other classical and delicious Mexican dishes. In addition to this, try Chicken Quesadillas and Enchiladas and you will understand why Mexican food is such a rage all across the globe.
This country boasts one of the most diverse food scenes in the world. Influences of the Arab, European and Berber cuisines can be easily discerned in the food here. Moroccan Couscous is known worldwide and so are Moroccan chicken recipes. Fava Bean soup, Fried Vegetables, Chicken Brochette (spices-rubbed chicken cooked traditionally over coals and then served with fried bread) and grilled kebabs are some of the cuisines that you must try while you are in this country.
However, if you want to be slightly audacious in terms of cuisines, then try having steamed sheep head with salt and cumin.
Currently considered the food capital of the world, Italy throws up an astonishing diversity when it comes to food. There are so many destinations in Italy that serve excellent food coupled with out-of-the-world Italian wines. Pasta is a world-wide favourite, but, having Pasta in Italy will be a totally different experience for you. Cured meats, Seafood, Fig and Prosciutto Pizzettas, Roast Red Wine Lamb with Italian beans and other such authentic dishes will sweep you off your feet.
Along with the food experience, try having a sip of Italian wines like Brunello, Chianti and Barolo and avere un buon tempo (have a good time) in Italy.
These ten places will take your taste buds onto an unforgettable journey. Pick your place according to your preferences and get ready to drive through the gastronomic roads of these countries.
Special Italian Recipe
- 2kg leg of lamb
- 4 garlic cloves, sliced
- 8 good sprigs thyme
- 5 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 bottle red wine
- 1 lemon zest
- 1 ltr hot lamb stock
- 3 red onions, each cut into 6 wedges
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 rosemary, needless roughly chopped
- 100g SunBlush tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped
- 3 x 400g cannellini beans
- handful flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped
- Using a sharp knife, cut small slashes all over the lamb, then push a slice of garlic into each. Put half the thyme, 3 tbsp olive oil, wine, lemon zest and a good grinding of black pepper into a large freezer bag. Addthe lamb, tie the bag tightly and refrigerate for at least 4 hrs, preferably overnight.
- Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Put the rest of the thyme into the bottom of a roasting tin then lift the lamb out of the marinade and sit on top of the thyme. Roast for 20 mins, then toss onions into the pan, drizzle with a little oil, then turn the oven down to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Roast for 15 mins/450g for medium. Meanwhile, strain the marinade into a pan, add most of the stock and boil until reduced by two thirds (this will take about 20 mins). Set aside. Gravy can be made ahead or the day before if necessary, as long as the meat has marinated for 4 hrs.
- Once the lamb is ready, take out and rest on a board, wrapped in a tent of foil to keep warm. Set the onions aside in a bowl. Put the roasting tin onto a low heat and add the balsamic vinegar to the tin with a splash more stock and scrape all the meaty bits from the bottom. Tip into the jug with the gravy.
- For the beans, add 2 tbsp oil to the roasting tin. Add the rosemary and tomatoes, and fry for 1 min until the rosemary smells aromatic. Tip in the beans, the red onions and the final splash of stock, then warm through. Season, then stir in the parsley just before serving. Serve on a platter, topped with the lamb.
|Serving size: 8|
|Calories from Fat||243|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 27 g||42%|
|Saturated fat 10 g||50%|
|Carbohydrates 24 g||8%|
|Sugar 7 g|
|Fiber 7 g||28%|
|Protein 47 g||94%|
|Sodium 2 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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