I would think Vietnam would be pretty safe. Malaysia and Thailand are not so good for me. When I worked in Malaysia I soon learnt to eat imported food from Australia. I got very ill from a fresh salad in Malaysia, and lost about 3 kilos in two days. Geez I was crook!
Yes...I got very ill from eating (I think fresh fruit from a vendor) in Southern Thailand.
I was fine in Malaysia and ate food from the markets and little food places by the road.
But a lot of it is luck I think. Like you EH....I was very sick for many days! Sheesh....enough info
But, I'm really craving food I'm used to at the moment. I'm hanging out for a good western breakfast of crispy fried bacon and eggs with toast. Oh how I'm craving toast! Can't find it (yet anyway) where I am.
Finding new places to eat is a lot of the fun when traveling isn't it? Sometimes that's MUCH easier than others depending upon where you are, how long you've been away from home, how you feel, how adventurous you are etc.
At the present time, I've been away from home for about 10 weeks and the cravings are strong! I had a delicious western breakfast this morning - a ham omelette and a hash brown washed down with a huge cappuccino.
It was incredibly satisfying. But then I began to question myself about why I don't want to get into the Vietnamese breakfast which is like a noodle soup. I just can't do soup for breakfast!
It took me a couple of years or more to accept the idea of noodles in soup for breakfast, now I find it preferable in hot weather. Also I visited the UK in June for one week and all my private mental dribbling over egg and bacon, truckstop breakfasts, 'properly' cooked steak that is not tenderised to jelly, and cheese, soft, blue etc etc came to nothing. In a rush everywhere to get too much done I suffered meal after meal of plastic bacon, plastic sausage, tasteless processed c**p, and the cheese always too young, tasteless and dissapointing. I guess if I had made more effort to find small places, or look them up in a good food guide that does not give 5 stars to factory produced frozen pub food I could have found some. Next trip back will be via France where I am confident they still cook and know what is good food and where the rating is not just a list of supermarket freezer brands.
Traveling in the U.S. it's getting more difficult to find local food. Chains have sapped the flavor out of many a town's cuisine. We still like to head down a two-laner to a town away from the freeway exchanges and there you can sometimes find regional food without fanfare.
When out of the country, we try to eat locally. What's the point of traveling if one doesn't sample the local culture?
I love to try local foods as that is a big part of the whole experience ,tried frogs legs in France got the whole family to try them ! They were nice. You miss out on a lot if you dont give things a try .
Well, depends what u like to eat, if u prefer salads, u have the best of salads here, maybe u can search for Shopska salad on google. Oh so many things u can find... let me know what kind of food u like....i work in a hotel and i know all guests that are coming from all around the world love macedonian food... i am not saying about other national food... Local food here is probably the best... I am getting hungry now, gotta go:))
Our body will be well accustomed to the regular food that we have every day and any change in food habits will irritate the digestion system. This reason compells me to have my regular food as far as possible.
Depends what u are about to eat. By trying local food it doesnt always have to be something so different. There are simillar ingredians everywhere... The preparation is typical for every part of the world.
I live in Taiwan and like to eat local food when out. Of course i will avoid ordering salads like anywhere else in Asia. Unless i clean it myself at home, i abstain. I would not usually drink water or anything with ice cubes, as you cannot be totally sure that they are using purified water to make them. Tea is an excellent and safe drink at all times.
I love not only to try the local food, with some reservations, when I travel, but I do some research ahead of time as to the possible problems with food. I have visited Mexico many times and never gotten sick, but one of my mates became very ill--I think from the ice in a mixed drink. Had I not tried the food on the Pacific Coast, I never would have discovered civeche and mojo de ojo--grilled red snapper. In Greece, I loved the wonderful salads with feta cheese, their fresh breads, and their local table wines. I also recommend getting to know the locals and not just follow a guide's red umbrella everywhere. Those two things, the food and the people, make the discomfort of travel worthwhile.
I prefer the local stuff but my teenagers prefer soemthing to remind them of home. Ever since the time in Warsaw when all they ate on the menu was chips, I have carried sachets of Heinz tomato ketchup in my bag- the local stuff is no good. Oh and we have to take our own tea- the foreign stuff isnt up to much!!
Absolutely! You have to eat the local food or else why travel? I especially love finding the locals favourite restaurant, not being able to work out a thing on the menu and just taking a random pick and hoping for the best. I've had some great meals this way especially in Mexico and Turkey.
Heck yes I try the local foods. In California I always get a Carne Asada Burrito, in Philly a Cheese Steak, in New Orleans a Po Boy, In New York or Chicago a good slice. Traveling abroad I eat the local cuisine prepared at my hotel, unless dining out with colleagues, and then I pray not to get sick.
So far on my travels, I have always attempted to try out local food because I believe that it is a part of learning about local culture. Besides, it can get pretty interesting and introduce me to new favourites. On my recent trip to Korea, tried samgyetang for the first time. Quite liked it!
Sometimes it will depend on how much time I have at a stop, but when traveling, I like to find that "hole-in-the-wall" place to eat! The place only locals know about that is just awesome. It can be a great experience. I will admit finding a couple of places that were just...Blah!!! lol, But sometimes you do find a little hide-a-way restaurant that is truly great.
We always look for and ask for restaurants that are family owned or just local to the area. We've found some fantastic food this way. The one person not to ask is the teen at the front desk of the hotel. Asking strangers on the street is fun & they love their locals.
Its good IF they speak your language otherwise the results can be very interesting! The other night I braved a new place. They spoke not one word of English.
Trick was finding something to eat without being surprised too much.
I didn't want to eat bear (a popular dish here) or chicken feet etc but I did want some vegetables and protein! I must have looked like a crazy woman as I mimed and drew pictures. Eventually I got some chicken (but with chicken feet), carrot strips, and some delicious pumpkin flowers.
Good fun isn't it !! I always wear my glasses eating in China, there are all the now routine things like chicken in its own soup that looks at you, but the occasional surprise can still pop up in the most unexpected places, like in the bottom of your soup noodles ! The big difficulty is that often the place is being nice and giving you the 'best' bit !
sure...I want to try the local food...and where the locals eat...now in a country with a very, very different culture...I'd try some; but I may not be able to communicate to really understand what it is that is being served up....that's a tough one - especially when you are buying it and you are hungry.
Even in Canada...you just never know...what's on the plate if being offered food by someone in their home....I tend to be polite and try it since everyone else is chowing down....some of the inuit or first nation delicacies can be quite interesting.
Too true SomewayOuttaHere (love your name by the way).
Can you share some of the interesting things you've tried from the first nation or inuit people?
In New Zealand the Maoris (indigenous culture) have a hangi which is food cooked in a pit in the ground over many hours. I love the smokey taste of hangi food, especially the corn, kumara (sweet potatoe and chicken which melts in the mouth).
it all depends on where you are in Canada...on the west coast - it's every type of seafood available and prepared in traditional ways....especially the salmon....smoked, candied, etc....and then some not so tasty but an acquired taste - like some really smelly fish oils.
in the arctic....hmmmmm.......you might not want to know! ha ha!...so picture - seal, whale...frozen carcass - thinly sliced and eaten raw, etc. (that's not so different than people eating other raw meats however)...also fresh caribou kill and some organs eaten immediately - on the spot!....and other interesting items relevant to fresh kill!
I would love to say that I sample the local stuff but I inevitably end up sticking with 'safe choices'. I know it's cowardly. Shoot, I can't even go to IHOP without ordering the same thing (I love their french toast!).
The really funny thing is that I'll try new experiences MUCH quicker-I love doing new things. This cowardice is pretty much for food alone.
It is easier to keep eating the things you know and like isn't it?
The other day I was faced with fifty or so preserved food items. I was keen to try but before I tasted them I wanted to know what they were. I tried some preserved sweet potato which tasted just like apricot. I tried and bought some preserved apples which are the size of cherries! Strange but delightful to eat.
I always eat the local food when I travel but it is important to have someone from the area take you to what they consider safe and best places. Not necessarily the most expensive but those known to have good food, at which other visitors have had good experiences. That way you avoid bad food and illnesses.
I always try something local. When my husband and I travel together, we order something local and something we know we'll like and split it, that way we know we won't go hungry in case we don't like it much. Haven't been disappointed yet though.
My boyfriend and I actually go places for the food they are known for. We are food guru's so we'll try anything! I am a huge fan of New Orleans and I have to say...aside from Krystal Burger (similar to White Castle) late night on Bourbon St, you will not find me in a restaurant that has food that I can get at home. There is so many different kinds of food, and so many different places to get it...why go away and eat what you can have at home???
As a vegetarian, it's pretty tough to be adventurous when it comes to food (I seem to recall German and Persian food being especially meat-centric). Within certain vegetarian-friendly cultures, though, I love "ethnic" cuisine (for want of a better word). I've never traveled abroad, but if I did, I'd eat local, diet permitting.