At BookaLokal, we believe in traveling and learning about the world through food. Take a look at our top-20 list of the foods we love from around the globe!
Hanoi, Vietnam – Phở
Perfect for a winter’s day, this mixture of beef, rice noodles, and herbs such as basil and cilantro makes for a meal that is light and flavorful, but comforting as well.
Shanghai, China – Xiaolongbao (soup dumplings)
Soup dumplings are major comfort food for us, but be cautious and take a small bite first! Slurp the soup out of the dumpling, then finish it off – if you eat it whole, you might burn your mouth!
Naples, Italy – Pizza
Sure there will always be competition between foodies in New York City and Chicago about who has the best pizza. Unfortunately for those United States city-dwellers, nothing tops a true Napoli-style pizza.
Seoul, South Korea – Sannakji (live octopus drizzled in sesame oil)
For adventurous eaters only (but something we’ve always wanted to try!). This dish is made of live baby octopus legs – they move around while on the plate! Check it out here.
Zürich, Switzerland – Raclette
Better than fondue if you ask us. Traditionally, a wedge of Raclette cheese is heated, and the melted parts are scraped off and served on top of potatoes. Now a days, there are electric heaters where you can melt individual slices. Either way, Raclette is delicious!
Hawaii, US – Poke
Heavily influenced by Japanese cuisine, this Hawaiian staple consists of raw yellowfin and seaweed marinated in sesame oil, soy sauce, onion, and chili. Yum.
Barcelona, Spain – Paella Negra
A trip to the Catalonia region of Spain isn’t complete without a taste of paella. It is always comprised of saffron rice, spices and various seafood such as shrimp, muscles, and lobster. What sets this variety apart is its dark color and rich squid ink flavor
Athens, Greece – Gyro
This popular Greek street food is extremely filling and flavorful. It is usually comprised of lamb and beef paired with a cool tzatziki sauce. Stuffing fries inside the pita make it a perfect on-the-go meal.
London, UK – Duck Confit Sandwich
(Specifically from Le Marché du Quartier at Borough Market). This famous eatery’s tender duck, English mustard, and a ciabatta roll make a heavenly combination. Who needs the lettuce?
Hyderabad, India – Dosa
Typically vegetarian, this southern Indian street food is comprised of a thin crepe made with fermented rice and black lentils. It can be filled with a variety of vegetables and sauces, and it is served with chutney on the side.
Kingston, Jamaica – Jerk chicken
Spicy, tender and flavorful, the chicken is prepped with a dry rub made of scotch bonnet peppers, allspice, thyme, garlic, salt, and a bit of cinnamon. The best place to find it is at a jerk stand on the streets of Kingston or Montego Bay, where men smoke the meat over barrel charcoal grills.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Wat & injera
Wat and injera are Ethiopian staples. Injera, a light, sourdough flatbread is used as a utensil to grasp salads and stews. Wat can be a stew made with any ingredient, but prepared in a specific way. To begin making wat, onions must slowly cooked in an un-oiled skillet until they break down – providing an aromatic thickening agent for the stew.
Tokyo, Japan – Maguro (tuna sushi)
Vinegared rice topped with raw fish and often served with ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce. The origins of sushi date back to the 8th century, but now is super popular in the States. For some authentic sushi check out the legendary Jiro Ono for a super luxurious experience.
Brussels, Belgium – Moules-frites (mussels and fries)
Arguably the national food of Belgium, moules-frites is prepared by simmering mussels in white wine or beer, seasoned with shallots, parsley, and butter. French fries are said to have originated in Belgium, where they are double fried to make them tender on the inside with a crisp exterior.
Dakar, Senegal – Jollof Rice
A flavor explosion that is popular throughout West Africa, jollof is made with basmati rice, tomato paste, onion, ginger, scotch bonnet pepper, cumin, and spices. It is often served with plantain, chicken and salad.
Kiev, Ukraine – Borscht
This dish of Ukrainian origins can be found throughout Eastern Europe and can be served hot or cold. The hot version is made with beef or pork broth, potatoes, and beets which give this soup it’s distinctive color. The cool version is often topped with sour cream and cucumbers.
Mexico City, Mexico – Tacos al pastor
Pork tacos marinated in spices and pineapple, served on a corn tortillas, and topped with cilantro, onion, and lime! The pineapple juice makes the pork extra tender – truly a Mexican staple!
Warsaw, Poland – Pierogi
These Polish dumplings can be stuffed with anything: Cheese, mashed potatoes, onion, meat, and cabbage – but are always served with a dollop of sour cream!
Quebec, Canada – Poutine
This fast food dish that originated in Quebec, can now be found all over Canada. Crispy fries are topped with cheese curds and meat gravy with a vinegar tang. It’s important to pour the gravy over right before serving to make sure the fries don’t get soggy!
Istanbul, Turkey – Hünkar Beğendi (Sultan’s Delight)
A Turkish favorite, this dish is made with creamy pureed eggplant topped with a lamb stew simmered in butter, tomato, and pepper. This dish gets its name from Sultan Murad IV for whom the meal was created.
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