/ Unmissable world food
To me, tasting and sharing the food of a place is a huge and wonderful part of the travel experience (not to mention of life) so I would love to hear where people have had their best food moments. Here are a few of mine to kick things off....
- street food in Thailand. In Bangkok, juxtaposed with the bright and all too familiar Western fast food outlets lining Sukhumvit, was a little place with some plastic tables and chairs and a piece of plastic sheeting as a sort of roof and one lady with a wok on a cart. It was the sort of place which looked utterly temporary but had probably been there a decade, and for the equivalent of about 90p she made me the most delicious plate of Pad Thai you can possibly imagine. I had countless tasty meals and snacks cooked on rickety old carts while I was there, but that first one was the best.
- the world's greatest hot chocolate in Geneva. It was treated with all the seriousness you would give to a perfect espresso, and served in a similarly small cup. No mound of sickly squirty cream on top and not a marshmallow in sight.
- amazing venison stew served by candlelight in a French alpine hut, the delightful Refuge du Bonhomme. They make their own bread and cakes, and you drink tea and coffee out of earthenware bowls. It had a kind of homely perfection I really loved.
- simple bowl of pasta with freshly made pesto sauce, in the garden of someone I didn't know in Italy (long story). The hospitality as much as the food was memorable.
- spankingly fresh scallops in a bit of garlic butter on the quayside at Oban. Oh, and the completely magnificent smoked trout paté from the Hebridean smokehouse on North Uist - eaten with oatcakes while sitting on the beach and washed down with a tot of Black Bottle. Mmmm! Recreating this in my front room in Sheffield is not quite the same but it doesn't stop me trying.
If I was going to eat my way around the world, what should I make sure I don't miss?
Sunday Roast(UK!). Great!
Braised Buffalo, coooked and served by a native american family on reservation in Montana.
Best cup of coffee - roadside cafe in Iceland in the middle of nowhere.
Best potato rosti - Dix Hut, although it was about 700 euros.
Best pasta - Da Gemma, Amalfi - in fact, best everything at that place.
I could go on, but my mouth is watering..
Lol! That's a little steep :) Mind you, despite being a perfectly good cook I can't seem to master potato rosti so who am I to put a price on such things?
On a similar theme, fresh langoustine at the Applecross Inn, with a nice pint, looking over to Raasey, is a decent way to spend a lunchtime.
America also had the best chili dogs, in Cincinnati... & the best cheesecakes in LA...
There is also a restaurant in Paris, near the Eiffel tower, that sold the best French onion soup ever...
I had buffalo at a place in Amalfi. Might have been Da Gemma. Anyway it was utterly sublime. Only a few ingredients but all of them exactly right, and cooked perfectly. It's the main course in my fantasy meal.
Since you ask the pudding is a pannacotta with frozen kiwi fruit that I had in Paris.
One unmissable meal is Kokonda, which is a Fijian dish. It's fish 'cooked' in lime and served in coconut milk and chillis. Not to be missed if you ever find yourself there.
Fish and Chips - Clacton, Essex
Fush and Chups - Kaikoura, New Zealand
How random...was it on a balcony over looking the square? Best meal i have ever had, every course was perfect.
And as for the rosti...mine are always raw in the middle so i gave up and use it as an excuse to go back to the Alps.
Freshly picked mussels cooked over a camping stove at Glenbrittle.
Roast eel in Bruges.
Salt cod and lentil salad at Pinoxos tapas stand in the market in Barcelona.
This is the kind of experience I hope the world holds for me down every street!
Fresh Crabs from the fish cellars in Port Isaac
Liver and polenta in Venice.
I find it depressing that our (apparent!) contribution to the culinary world has been yorkshire tea, baked beans and marmite. We have some of the best meat, sea food and vegetables on the planet!
Oh and thanks for making me think about food until lunch....!
Deep fried mars bar is just a tourist gimick. The real local delacies are:
A wild boar stew in the countryside near Ancona.
Oysters on the beach in Rio.
Big prawns/langoustines fried in butter with a little garlic, served with bread and beer in a lean-to type restaurant in Recife.
Argentinian Steak and Malbec
Pickled herring Norway/Sweden
Various marinated olives in the south of France
Insalate Caprese Italy (in fact anything in Italy)
Bruegger Bagels USA
Good bread generally
Souvlaki chicken, sheftalia beef, kleftiko lamb and potatoes, halloumi and lounza, plump olives in coriander and garlic..wash down with village wine.
> Cyprus anywhere:
> Souvlaki chicken, sheftalia beef, kleftiko lamb and potatoes, halloumi and lounza, plump olives in coriander and garlic..wash down with village wine.
i'll put forward the sizzling beef special from "The American" in the Wanchai and Chow Fan (fried rice) from a beach restaurant in Cheung Chow.
kefta tajine in fez when the weather has been cold and wet outside for over a week
Sat on the top of Sacre Monte overlooking the city of Varese last weekend in a small family run restaurant:
Big jug of Prosecco on arrival then many jugs of red wine.
1. Anti pasti - parma ham, salami, potato salad etc etc
2. Pollenta with cheese and onion
3. Risotto with wild mushrooms
4. Pork in sauce - I think it was some sort of shin bone with meat peeling off.
5. Steak - fried with nothing on but a pinch of salt
6. 3 different deserts
25€ a head.
I wouldnt say its was the finest in terms of taste, but was a fine experience...
Me and a friend were travelling on the train from Beijing to Ulan Bataar and were in the same compartment as a Mongolian couple. We had a few western type snacks, which when we began to eat, were laughed at by the couple.
The guy then picked up a carrier bag and plonked it on the table and gestures to open - it was a boiled sheep! We then tucked into the sheep, tearing it apart with hands. Very fatty, but really a strong flavour. It was the perfect food to go with the view of the mongolian steppe.
Mutton cooked slowly in an ancient oven in the farmhouse restaurant on the way to Alaro in Mallorca.
Piri Piri chicken cooked and served by a "Baby Jane" lookalike somewhere in Portugal.
When I went to New Zealand ben b of this forum told me about a particularly good fush and chup emporium on the road up the island from Dunedin. They were *very* good fush and chups, as were the ones from the Kai Kabin (think that was what it was called) on Stewart Island.
A huge bowl of prawns with a large class of coke whilst sat above the Pacific Ocean in Port Douglas, Australia. Humidity at about a million percent.
Cold Lobster from the pub on Stewart Island, NZ.
Pie from the Lochinver Larder.
Sea food chowder- peggy's cove, nova scotia
Crab- chokoloskee island, Florida
Elk stew- Estonia
Wild boar burger- Dorset, england
Wild mussels- England and Scotland
Singapore noodles- hong kong
Trawlers gingerbread- england
No idea why the spell checker changed the word Grasmere to trawlers, but just thought I'd clarify it should be Grasmere Gingerbread
Curry Wurst washed down with a bottle of local pilsner at the truckers cafe in Homburg, Germany.
My landlord could never quite understand this behaviour.
Darn it, I forgot all about curry and bratwurst! I'll raise you a Gyros pita mit Tsatziki though.
> Darn it, I forgot all about curry and bratwurst!
I'll raise you a Schwein Haxl! Pigs knee I think, cracking on outside, lovely in the middle, all on a bone so you can pretend to be a caveman!
thieboudjen (fish and rice) in Mauritania/Senegal...25p for a big plate
jerk chicken on the beach in Negril, jamaica
dal makhani in delhi...in fact almost everything ive ever eaten in india
tuna a la plancha in tarifa...bar el frances is my favourite
lemon tart from Tangana, Tarifa
sadly nothing i would miss from my current country of residence, the Dominican Republic..well, maybe the beaver as someone mentioned above ;)
Amazing that you both mention Stewart Island!
I ate about half a dozen cakes in quick succession In a cafe in Oban(?) on Stewart Island. It would probably qualify as one of the best meals I've ever had. This was due in part though, to having just walked three days in solid rain (it honestly didn't stop) over to Mason Bay and back. This was in mud sometimes over our knees and on one memorable day, water to our waists - when the path finally had the decency to just turn into a river. A beautiful and memorable place, made all the better by stuffing my face at the end of the 'walk'. :)
I've not ventured far, never been outside of europe, but I do like food!
Starting with Scotland, the best fish and chips I've ever had were from the chippy in Ullapool. Also, there is a bistro pub next door where I was served a delicious haddock fillet with white pudding.
My first haggis, neeps and tatties at the Drovers Inn goes straight into the the top ten of the list of best meals that I'm making in my head because of this thread.
I happily parted company with 20 Euros in return for a late breakfast bacon omelette and a can of coke at the Gouter Hut.
Salami, soft cheese and sliced peppers on a fresh crusty baguette on the way to the Albert Premier refuge.
My brother's ex was a Thai lady who could really cook. They lived above a Thai restaurant, so had access to some quality ingredients. Paweena's Nam Pik was out of this world, incredibly intense flavours and to be used sparingly. (Google has informed me I am wrong and insists that it is Nam Prik). I've had pig's knees and chicken's feet and other substances where, in response to "What's this then?", my brother would say "Just eat it, it's nice".
Highly calorific cream tea in that place next to the Count House after a very successful day on Bosi
I found it a little disheartening too, but then I thought about Timothy Taylor's Landlord, Richard Woodall's Waberthwaite Cumberland Sausage, Coverdale Cheese, pink sticks of forced rhubarb and Sussex Pond Pudding and I felt a lot better!
Nanaimo Squares - Victoria, Canada.
icli kofte, followed by Adana kebab and washed down with fresh ayran
PS. I've found that the Dutch make exceedingly good cakes! For some reason, eating them makes me more hungry...
Oh, and I'm planning a trip to Morocco in Winter and cannot wait to try the local food. Looking forward to meeting some Berber people too.
Agree with Thai street food - I've had similar experiences and loved it.
Can I add Bhutanese Ema Datshi? Chilli/cheese stew. We had it first time in Nepal and coincidentally have made it here tonight. 250g of finger chillies sounds a bit OTT but if you can manage it, it's great!
I'd also add dhosas in India. Never found anywhere in the UK that sells them.
> I'd also add dhosas in India. Never found anywhere in the UK that sells them.
Quite a few places in London (including a place in Tooting that does 'family sized' ones the size of surfboards). Even a few places in the provinces.
Yeah, it's brilliant. The bread is called injera. I always feel like a child when I go to an Ethiopean (or Sudanese / Eritrean) place, though, because I get assorted gravies all over my fingers while the regulars at the next table sit there looking like they're taking tea at the Ritz.
I could probably do a reasonable "Unmissable world food (in London)" thing now I think about it...
Had it at my mates wedding in delhi, and haven't found anything like it since.
Amazing food, also proper marsala chai is wonderful.
I think I had the worlds greatest apple tart in switzerland too.
At a hut called the Balmhornehutte near kandersteg, walked up there and had lunch sat outside in the sun, the apple tart put the lid on the ay, was stunning.
When I was a kid we used to holiday in the Western Highlands - Oban, Ardnamurchan, Shiegra. The Best Day Ever of my childhood started at the Oban fishery where we were given a sackful (childhood scale) of scallops. We had them on Lismore island having hired a boat and rowed over (the last section anyway). I remember my Dad sat on the turf with a stove cooking them and then paddling in the gin-clear water as the little fish nibbled my toes. I am so very glad that I recounted my wondrous memory of that day to him before he died.
As for other places, I have reverential memories of:
- barralucos in Mendoza during wine festival week. It's junk food but served in tremendous surroundings.... and some of the Buenos Aries grill houses if you're a carnivore (if you are not, you will starve)
- grazing my way through the Indian streets (you have to embrace the consequences) and off-beat Thailand
- two nights in Tokyo with a local who knew where to eat. Sadly, I don't know he names, but it is the most beautifully presented, truth-on-a-plate food.
> From Turkey:
> icli kofte, followed by Adana kebab and washed down with fresh ayran
Proper turkey street kebab is awesomeness
Garbure in Oloron Ste. Marie (and you might as well visit the Lindt factory shop while you are there)
Chowder in Roundstone, Connemara.
Deep fried faggots in Bridgnorth.
Is this a competition?
> As for other places, I have reverential memories of:
> - barralucos in Mendoza during wine festival week. It's junk food but served in tremendous surroundings.... and some of the Buenos Aries grill houses if you're a carnivore (if you are not, you will starve)
Steak and Malbec in Buenos Aires is just fabulous, but I spent a bit of time there with a veggie, remember the Italian influence, lots of pizza, pasta and ice cream.
I actually think really good fish and chips is hard to beat, it is often hard to find as well.
> Is this a competition?
I think so, yes.
> I think so, yes.
> Chilli Paneer.
> Had it at my mates wedding in delhi, and haven't found anything like it since.
> Amazing food, also proper marsala chai is wonderful.
Not sure how you had the chili paneer cooked but if you want it in a crispy coating go to Bobbies in Leicester on Milton road or in more of a sauce, go to Lillies next to ASM cash & carry in Ashton Under Lyne... They are the two places that I've been to that doesn't use all that red food colouring...
Russia - potatoes and chicken. V basic, but always really good
China - beef dumplings. Hot pot is overrated
Nepal - Dal Bhat. By far the best staple food ever invented
India - Any thali. Cheap and cheerful
Thailand - Pad Thai, Thai fried noodles
Laos - Laap, minced spicy meat salad. Beerlao, the best national beer ever made
Cambodia - Loc Lac, beef with rice, egg and nice gravy
Vietnam - Phò Bò, beef noodles, the best in Asia
Frites mayonnaise in the north of France - preferably from some windswept yet oddly picturesque baraque a frites - or possibly moules frites at the right time of year.
The kebabs - with everything - from the kebab shop at the Ebertallee bahnhof in Hamburg. Perfect end of the night fodder, perfect breakfast fodder, perfect lunch time fodder, perfect dinner or supper fodder. Just perfect. How they get the bread so soft, or the meat so tender I will never know.
Cous cous. Not the grain, the banquet with the spicy sauce, the stewed meat and veg. I've never had a good one in a restaurant, but I've been invited to a few homemade and those were some of the best nights.
In a similar vein, choucroute from around the Alsace region is hard to beat.
And when in Poland, something which they translated as Nostalgia Stew and which involved barley and pickled gerkhins and god alone knows what else. I'm not Polish, but it certainly made me feel like I'd come home.
Barbecued Red Snapper COVERED in chilli and garlic on the beach of Gili Meno in Indonesia! The fish still had rigor mortis when the guy put it on to cook.
Steak frites in Burgundy - Bavette and matchstick chips on a terrace with a massive carafe of glugging wine cannot be beat.
Ham hock, liverwurst, blotwurst, potatoes and sauerkraut in East Berlin, all washed down by a frothy mug of Schoferhofer with a slice of lemon in. Could barely move afterwards. In a good way.
Liver and onions with mash potato - made by my Mam. Home.
> I actually think really good fish and chips is hard to beat, it is often hard to find as well.
Oak fishery, Leeds...world class
Freshly picked/cooked mussels on a camping stove at Coruisk, Skye. One bit of excitement in 3 days of tent living in torrential rain with Pops.
Kebab munching from the food stalls in the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakesh.
Pizza Napolitana for a small cafe/restaurant 2 minutes from Naples station
A simple pasta a tomato sauce and grilled lamb in fresh herbs from a restaurant in Sicily
A bowl of white rice in fish d=stock from a very posh seafood place in Spain
A seabass in a French restaurant somewhere!
Wild strawberry fool from la Croque en Bouche Malvern
Folks here should try the Vesta chicken curry. Me and Mrs. Num Num love it. It's supposed to have real chicken in it too.
Fresh seafood on the waterfront in San Francisco is hard to beat!
Fergburger, Queesntown, NZ - best burgers in the world.
Haggis too. Amman's Amman for a' that.
I am amazed no one has mentioned the sandwiches from Midnight Express in Chamonix.
when we are camping we make everyone envious and have a sunday roast while they are on supernoodles:
It was in Carloforte, which is the main town on San Pietro, right next to Sardinia. It was spaghetti, with olives, garlic, tuna, pecorina romano, parsley, lemon zest and possibly one or two other ingredients. It. Was. Sublime! It's one of the few times in my life I've genuinely thought about asking the chef for the recipe!
I've tried a few times to make it myself, once was close (but clearly not quite there). I did learn though, that it makes a huge difference to use canned tuna in olive oil, using the oil for the cooking. Makes everything have a nice tuna flavour.
> kefta tajine in fez when the weather has been cold and wet outside for over a week
I'm impressed you found good food in Morocco! We were, on the whole, quite underwhelmed! The "7 Vegetable Couscous" in Fes was a particular lowlight. Literately some root vegetables on bland couscous. No really flavouring of any sort. Meugh!
Fresh seafood, picked from a pierfront display, grilled on a BBQ in front of our eyes was a treat though!
Best Hot Chocolate I've had was at 'Pierre Marcolini Ginza - Chocolatier Bruxelles' in Tokyo. Was about £10, but it was pretty damn awesome :-P
there used to be a cafe in canterbury which did superb hot chocolate. Melted decent quality chocolate mixed with milk. Nice but a heart attack waiting to happen.
For fish and chips best I have had is in Bushmills, possibly helped by the fact the chips were fried on demand rather than storing them. Wait was well worth it.
However surely nothing can beat Pizza huts hot dog stuffed crust pizza
or maybe not.
I gotta disagree - Red Star Burgers in Wanaka (NZ) is the by far the best spot in NZ (perhaps the world). Fergburger pales in comparison.
Smoked Eel and a pint of bookbinder (beer) at Fleur's Place, Moraki, NZ
Pho at Pho Bang New York (confusingly, it's in Montreal)
A "melange special" at Little Slovenia (a smoked meat sandwich, Montreal)
Junior's Cheesecake - Broolyn, NY
Luigi's Pizzaria, Brooklyn, NY
Oxtail Stew, with yellow rice+red beans West Side Cafe, Tribeca NY
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