Bitten by the travel bug? Travelling is a great way to experience new cultures and see how the rest of the world lives. And what better way to begin immersing yourself into the local culture by sampling their food?
Food is a key element of people’s lives. Eating food is not only a way to nourish our bodies, but our souls as well. It is a sensory experience, yes, but at the heart of it is a spiritual experience. We can learn about the tastes, habits, minds, and souls of those who have prepared the food for us. It is an expression of identity and the culture of society at large.
Here are some of the must-try culinary experiences from different cultures all over the world:
Serving excellent food and exceptional hospitality: Tokyo is a veritable Mecca for foodies. The bustling city has the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. Indulge in high grade Wagyu beef and the freshest sushi. But you don’t have to eat in the high end and expensive restaurants to sample the best of Japanese cuisine. There are some Michelin star restaurants that won’t break the bank, with a meal costing just around ten dollars per person, offering Japanese comfort food such as teishoku (Japanese lunch set), ramen, or soba.
The birthplace of pizza, and home of just about every Italian food you love, Naples is a place any foodie would love to visit again and again. Pizza, pasta, paninis, and pastries: Naples has them all. Made from the simplest, yet freshest ingredients, and with skills that have been passed from one generation to the next, Neapolitan food aims to please. Don’t forget to have a glass of limoncello for the perfect after meal treat.
Spicy, flavorful, aromatic, and best of all, cheap: these are just some words to describe Thai cuisine. The best place to explore all the wonders of Thai cuisine is in the country’s capital, Bangkok. Try authentic pad thai, curry, fried rice, and stir-fried meals while revelling in the sights of skyscrapers, palaces, and temples in a city that’s bustling with energy and excitement.
Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul is an emerging culinary destination. As one of the world’s greatest metropolises across the centuries, Istanbul is a melting pot of cultures that heavily influence its cuisine. Turkish food is so much more than just kebabs. Start your day with a rich breakfast, like the locals do. Try the menemen, a traditional Turkish omelette that will jumpstart your day. Feast on lamb, pastries, cheese, roast meat and savor the rich and colorful flavors Istanbul has to offer.
For many people, eating is the best part of traveling. Food lets you experience a different side of culture, bringing people together in a gustatory experience that will surely be a treasured memory in every trip.