There are many reasons to travel. Food is obviously, one of them! When visiting a country, there’s always a handful of must try foods out there dishes, which serve us the essence, flavor, aroma and culture of the country. These must try foods will add another souvenir experience to the country you’re visiting.
China – Jiaozi
One of the most delicious Chinese dishes are definitely jiaozi – traditional Chinese dumplings – best breakfast option on the cheap in China. Jiaozi are wrapped in a yuanbao (silver ingot) shape, deep fried, filled with mince and veggies and served with spicy sesame oil. If you are not a big fan of meat, you can order vegetarian jiaozi stuffed with mushrooms, chives, cabbage or smoked beancurd and eggs. An order of six dumplings is generally under RMB 10 and you can find them in every Chinese restaurant and street food vendors.
Costa Rica – Gallo Pinto
Gallo Pinto is a traditional Costa Rican breakfast of rice and black beans, scrambled eggs, and a small tortilla. In some sodas (local eateries) gallo pinto comes with fried banana too, which off-sets the usually slightly salted rice. If there’s no banana, you can opt for a cup of chan seeds in sweet water instead.
If you’re vegan and don’t eat eggs, then you can say “sin huevos” (without eggs), and you can add on some extra avocado and fried banana.
Denmark – Danish Smørrebrød
They call it an open-faced sandwich, but that’s like calling a zebra a horse. Smørrebrød starts with a slice of super hearty Danish rugbrød (a Danish specialty) layered with a mixture of artistically presented toppings. Most then add a primary ingredient such as a fish fillet, sliced boiled potatoes, pickled beets, liver, sliced fish balls or pork. Next come a thick sauce, often remoulade or mayonnaise which is Danish staples. Each is then topped by fresh garnishes which range from thin lemon and bell pepper slices to tomatoes, caramelized onions, shrimp, asparagus, green onions or even fish eggs.
India – Masala Dosa
In the south of the country Masala Dosa is a big hit with the locals and it blew us away!
It’s a very thin pancake or crepe made from rice batter and lentils, so it’s gluten free and veggie friendly. The dosa is then packed full of deliciously fragrant, lightly spiced potatoes and onions and served hot, rolled up like a wrap. Sometimes the inside is coated with red chutney to give it a little kick.
Malaysia – Cendol
There is one dessert worth travelling to Malaysia for, and that is Cendol. Cendol is made with coconut milk, palm sugar, green rice flower jellies, and shaved ice. It is an incredibly refreshing treat, especially if you’ve been walking out in the sun all day. You’ll find variations of the recipe and some even include chunks of corn and kidney beans. Next time you find yourself in Malaysia, pick up a bowl from a street vendor. You’ll be hooked on it for the rest of your trip.
Spain – Chocolate con churros
Chocolate con churros or chocolate with long, freshly fried donuts, are the quintessential Spanish breakfast, not for every day but certainly for Sundays or on lazy mornings.
The real thing is getting harder to find, replaced by mass-produced dough and instant chocolate. Here’s what the real thing should be like: the churros should be slightly crispy on the outside, with airy dough inside, lightly sprinkled with sugar and served piping hot. The chocolate, served steaming in a cup, should be almost scalding, creamy, and so thick your spoon might just stand up in it.