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One of the biggest perks of traveling the world and experiencing new cultures is the ability to try new things, namely new cuisines. Foodies travel far and wide across the globe to find some of the world’s best food internationally.
From fried tarantulas in Cambodia to cheesy wood fired pizza in Italy to chili-covered grasshoppers in Mexico to spicy curries in Morocco, local foods can be both delicious and unusual.
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Of course, food is always subject to the taster’s preferences, but below is a brief list of some of the world’s best foods.
These are just some of the most exquisite foods from around the world and their countries of origin.
You should definitely taste all of these at your first opportunity—your taste buds will definitely thank you.
Lebanese cuisine is the perfect blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. This delectable cuisine is worth the travel to taste directly from the source as Lebanese produce has the freshest and most succulent tastes.
There are so many wonderful dishes that originate from this side of the world, but the classic and simple national dish of Lebanon is one definitely worth trying.
Tabbouleh is a vegetarian salad made from parsley, tomatoes, mint, onion, and bulgur wheat. This simple blend can be spiced up in many different ways adding exotic and exciting flavors or kept simple using the freshest ingredients.
Dig into this simple yet delicious dish and wash it down with a splash of arak, Lebanon’s national anise-flavored drink.
As a country with a massive coastline, it’s no surprise that Spain creates some of the most delicious seafood dishes.
The most traditional rice dish derived from Valencia, Spanish paella is a must-try. Pan-seared rice loaded with fresh vegetables and your choice of seafood or meats is cooked to perfection with spices and herbs to make this succulent food melt like butter in your mouth.
Paella definitely deserves its place on the list of the world’s best food.
Thai cuisine is a mixture of exotic and flavorful spices and aromas flawlessly mixed to create fiery and delectable tastes.
Likely the best-known soup of Thailand, tom yum (or spicy shrimp soup) mixes aromatic and flavorful spices and herbs to create a bold and unique spicy-sour flavor.
Blending lemongrass, lime leaves, shallots, chili, fish sauce, lime juice, mushrooms, and, of course, shrimp, this dish is the ultimate in Thai cuisine. This soup can be enjoyed as a stand-alone snack or used as the precursor to a total meal.
India is an enormous country filled with many subcultures and varying cuisines. If you travel from north to south or east to west in the country, you'll encounter many different styles of food using different staple ingredients.
And when it comes to the world’s best food, India has it all—from mouth-watering chutneys to rich curries.
A classic North Indian dish, chicken tikka masala is made from chunks of chicken marinated in yogurt and spices and then mixed with a thick and creamy gravy sauce to create a smoky, spicy flavor.
Classic Indian spices illuminate this delicious dish from a diverse cuisine.
A classic and exquisite meal, confit de canard (or duck confit) is the ultimate in French cuisine.
In this dish, considered one of the finest in all French cuisine, all the elements of the duck are used to create the recipe. The meat is carefully spiced and cured (a process which can take up to 36 hours) and then cooked in its own fat to produce the most flavorful and juicy bites.
Typically grilled or fried and then served over a salad or with a side of roasted potatoes, this classic and highly specialized French dish is alone worth the visit to France.
As the quintessential layered Greek meal, moussaka is a must-try.
Moussaka is a lasagna-style dish traditionally based with sautéed eggplant or potatoes and then layered with minced meat and vegetables and topped with a béchamel sauce to be baked to golden brown perfection.
This flavor-filled dish is a staple in Greek cooking, utilizing many of the classic flavors of this super popular cuisine.
With the meticulous attention to detail inherent in Japanese culture, it is no wonder that the attention to detail in their food is exactly as precise.
The art of making sushi is considered a highly respectable profession in Japan and sushi chefs, or itamae, undergo extensive and long trainings to be able to take great pride in their work. The result is some of the most delectable and beautifully presented raw fish, seaweed, and rice.
The perfectly selected and filleted fish is fixated atop carefully vinegar-marinated sushi rice and can be served with dried seaweed or a mixture of vegetables, fruit, or eggs.
The sushi in Japan is unlike that found anywhere else in the world and is worth the trip for this unparalleled delicacy.
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One of the most patriotic dishes from Mexico, chiles en nogada is a colorful blend of flavors that aesthetically creates the three colors of the Mexican flag: green, white, and red.
Green poblano chilies are filled with a mixture of chopped meats, fruit, and spices (called picadillo) and topped with a creamy white sauce based from walnuts (called nogada).
The dish is finally topped with pomegranate seeds to add the final color of red to incorporate all of the colors of the flag into this delicious meal, which is undoubtedly one of the world’s best foods.
Hailing from the old Peking—now modern-day Beijing, the capital of China—peking duck is a classic in Chinese cuisine and one of the national dishes of China.
Dating back to the Imperial area, this crispy and flaky duck dish is prepared using only specially bred ducks that are seasoned and roasted to perfection in a hung oven.
Typically served with pancakes, garlic, scallions, cucumbers, and sweet bean sauce, this classic dish is world-famous for the delectable, crispy duck skin roast.
Ranked as the number one cuisine in the world, Italian food is a favorite internationally. With so many wonderful dishes originating from this country, it is almost impossible to pick just one.
Pizza, however, is capable of encompassing a magnitude of flavors, as you’re able to choose a multitude of toppings and sauces to find the perfect expression for your taste buds.
Most have certainly tried cheesy, delicious wood-fired pizza, but the pizza of Italy is unlike that found anywhere else in the world.
With the freshest ingredients, the oldest family recipes, and the ultimate loving care put into making these masterpieces, Italy is definitely a place to travel for some of the world’s best food.
One of the most exciting parts of travel is the exposure to so many new things. Diving into cultural aspects of the places you visit is rewarding, educational, and outright fun.
Most cultures around the world treasure their cuisines and foods highly, so exploring new places with your taste buds is half of the excitement. Whether you’ll try anything at all or you’re a picky eater, there are absolutely foods around the world that you will love.
So pack your bags and hit the open road to taste some of the world’s best food on your adventures!
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