Five Special Dishes Worth Traveling For

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Five Special Dishes Worth Traveling For

I love to travel. One of the many things that I appreciate about traveling is the opportunity to try new foods. Basically, the whole world is my travel bucket list. When I read about popular dishes from certain areas it makes me want to travel even more. As such, I appreciate hearing about favorite foods from people that have traveled. Meg sent me a few of her favorite dishes that she sampled while traveling with me, which I am sharing with permission.

Five special dishes worth traveling for

From the rustic streets of Tuscany to bustling markets of Thailand, good food is reason enough to go on holiday. To give you a little inspiration, here are five global cuisines worth the air fare to travel to and try.

Khao Soi

Khao soi, Thailand

Depending on where you go in Thailand, the cuisine can be vastly different. Chaing Mai in northern Thailand, is well known for hot, sweet dishes. One of the best ways to sample food in Chiang Mai, is to visit one of its many street food markets. At any of these, you will find some delicious Khao soi. Khao soi is a Thai noodle soup, made with boiled or fried egg noodles in a coconut curry broth with chicken or beef, served with lime, chilli, greens and shallots.

Gallo pinto

Gallo pinto, Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Costa Rican people place high importance on the family coming together at meal times and many of their native dishes reflect this. Gallo pinto is Costa Ricas national dish, and is usually served at breakfast. Rice and beans are cooked together until the moisture is completely soaked up, then served with fried eggs, friend plantain and grilled meat (usually pork), then scooped into tortillas. In some parts of Costa Rica, it is custom to pour sweet, sticky Salsa Lizano over the top.

Cosciotto di capretto arrosto, Italy

Best for its pizza and pasta, centuries of political and social change in Italy has meant that the country’s cuisine has absorbed influences from everywhere from Arabia to Germany. That being said, it doesn’t get more Italian than cosciotto di capretto arrosto, or roast leg of kid goat. Traditionally served at Easter, the meat is slow cooked for 2-3 hours at a high heat, bathed in red wine, garlic, rosemary and bay leaves.

Mole poblano

Mole Poblano, Mexico

Mexican cuisine boasts some of the most crowd-pleasing dishes around and a visit to the country will do nothing but add to this reputation. Mole Poblano, is a thick, chocolately Mexican sauce which tastes deliciously different in every region. Oaxaca, in the south, is well known for its chocolate and spices, making it the quintessential place to try it. Pour it over BBQ chicken and serve with fluffy rice, speckled with fragrant coriander for an authentic flavour of Mexico.


Phuchhka, India

India boasts an incredibly colourful cuisine, and is obviously known for its curries, as spices grow well in the very hot, dry climate. For the perfect, spicy mid-afternoon snack, Panipuri are small crisp hollow round breads filled with spiced water, tamarind, potato, onion, and chickpeas. They originated on the East Indian Subcontinent, but different regions have different names for the dishes such as Gol Gappe (in North India) and Patashi (in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.)

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patricia Marsden August 12, 2016 - 11:53 am

Real and made right Brown Derby Cobb salad, pork with green beans and spaetzel, flourless chocolate cake, fish bouiabase womollusks but shellfish OK, pretzel rolls/stcks–my favs’s from out and about America.

Brandy August 12, 2016 - 12:58 pm

Oh these look like some great dishes worth traveling for. I am sitting here starving and these options have me wanting to go eat them all up!

Liz Mays August 12, 2016 - 2:41 pm

Ooh, I’d definitely be excited to try these dishes. I know I’d love the Phuchhka. Those veggies sound great.

Neely Moldovan August 12, 2016 - 3:06 pm

I pretty much want to go to Italy and just eat all the foods. Seriously!

Crystal August 13, 2016 - 1:23 am

Eating is always on my travel agenda. I need to do more international travel so I can try these dishes out.

Tiffany VanSickle August 13, 2016 - 10:33 am

I would love to travel to any of these places! We’ve only been to Mexico but never left our resort. I was pretty disappointed that there wasn’t much Mexican food available at the resort. Next time we go we are planning on leaving the resort for a while so we can try real Mexican food!

Valerie Robinson August 13, 2016 - 11:41 am

Thai food is my favorite! When I’m looking to treat myself, I isually choose a Thai green curry- yum! 🙂

CourtneyLynne August 14, 2016 - 5:11 pm

Ooooo so much yumminess!!!!!! Best part of traveling for me is usually trying all the yummy local cuisine

Toughcookiemommy August 14, 2016 - 9:48 pm

These dishes look absolutely delicious. It’s so much fun to sample cuisine from different cultures.

Elizabeth O August 15, 2016 - 7:21 am

I love sampling international cuisine too as each dish tells a gastronomic story about the culture and foods of a region. I’ve tried almost all the dishes mentioned and they were delicious.


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