Travelling is always accompanied with tasting unique cuisines from different parts of the world. The beauty of each country does not only express through the architecture and the people, but also the food. What makes each cuisine so special is the way the cuisine is elaborated through a long course of history based on the region’s available ingredients, religions, traditions and custom. In this post, we will explore some of the most popular food in the world ranked by food authors.
Stinky Tofu – Taiwan & Hong Kong
Stinky Tofu is a kind of fermented tofu that bears a strong odor. The food is regarded as a late-night street food and is usually sold at stands at night markets rather than being served in restaurants. There is no specific recipe in making Stinky Tofu, which is why it is special. Traditionally, it is usually served with vegetable, meat and fish based brine. The overpowering smell of Stinky Tofu will surely be a memorable part of your trip.
Wiener Schnitzel – Austria
A dish that somewhat looks simple requires delicate cooking skills. Wiener Schnitzel is a thin pan-fried cutlet made from veal, usually served with lemon slices and parsley potatoes or potato & cucumber salad. Known as Austrian’s national dish, this unique Viennese cuisine bears an irresistible taste that makes you crave for more.
Goulash – Hungary
More than just a mediocre beef stew, Goulash is a traditional dish of Hungary that requires intricate skills. What makes the dish distinct is the unique taste of Hungarian paprika and other spices that blend perfectly with the stew of meat and vegetables. The cuisine is closely associated with the long tradition of Hungary; its origin traces back to the 9th century as the dish was the main meal of Hungarian shepherds. The cooked meat used to be dried by the sun and packed into bags, only needed water to make it into a meal.
Chilli Crab – Singapore
There is no denying that crab meat is one of the best seafood dish ever. Even though there are plenty of ways to prepare crab meat, Singaporean Chilli Crab remains the local bestseller. The combination of sweet and savoury taste along with a slightly spicy after-taste will definitely last a long while. The dish is usually served with steamed buns so that you can fully appreciate the delightful sauce that is a perfect blend of tomatoes, chilli paste and beaten eggs.
Pho – Vietnam
Well-known as one of the hardest dishes to make (even Gordon Ramsay from Hell Kitchen failed to create the dish), Pho is the specialty of a number of restaurant chains around the world. Pho is a special kind of noodle soup with a distinct taste of flavored broth, rice noodles, herbs and beef. There is no common one recipe for cooking pho; the styles of pho differ widely in North and South Vietnam by the sweetness of broth, the width of rice noodles and the choice of herbs. Many families have their own secret recipes to make the dish. After Vietnam War, Pho was popularized all over the world by refugees.
Kulfi – India
It looks amazing, and it tastes amazing. Kulfi is a popular dessert in India that is popularized throughout places such as Pakistan, Myanmar, Australia, Bangladesh, and Nepal. The appearance and taste of Kulfi are similar to that of ice cream, but denser and creamier. There are a wide variety of flavors to select from, and the more traditional ones are mango, rose, cardamom and pistachio. Unlike the regular American ice-creams, the texture of Kulfi makes it harder to melt. This is a perfect dessert for your hot summer days.
Massaman Curry – Thailand
Among a diverse selection of Thai curry, Massaman Curry remains the most popular one. The rich taste of coconut milk perfectly blends in with the strong taste of tamarind, along with the combination of peanuts and potatoes, creating a perfect harmonize that will melt your heart. The dish is served with rice, which emphasizes the tastiness of the sauce. Massaman Curry of Thailand is being nicknamed as “the king of all curries” by many food experts.