Foods you MUST eat when you visit these 15 countries. From Mozzarella in Italy to Sushi in Japan, I’ll tell you what my favorite foods are in these countries that you NEED to eat when you visit.
1 – Italy:
– Fresh Mozzarella in Italy
In particular, Bufala Mozzarella — Osteria Barberini in Rome. Mozzarella di Bufala in Italian is a mozzarella made from the milk of domestic water buffalo. It has been observed that those cheeses made from buffalo milk are higher in calcium, protein and lower in cholesterol than cow’s milk
With tomato sauce — no funky cream sauces please
No Cream! from Rome made with egg, hard cheese, guanciale (or pancetta), and pepper. Guanciale is Pork cheek is rubbed with salt, sugar, and spices. cured for three weeks. flavor is stronger than other pork products. The cheese is usually Pecorino Romano a hard, salty Italian cheese, often used for grating, made out of sheep’s milk. Aged for five months to eight months or longer
– Pizza from Naples
I don’t like the trash, but I love the pizza! made with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. It must be made with San Marzano tomatoes, which grow on the volcanic plains to the south of Mount Vesuvius, and Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, a protected designation of origin cheese. the art of its making is included on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage. This style pizza gave rise to the New York-style pizza that was first made by Italian immigrants to the United States in the early 20th century
From Giolitti — the Vatican’s favorite! Gelato is creamier, smoother and silkier, as well as denser and more elastic and fluid, than American ice cream. Italian gelato is served about 10 to 15 degrees warmer than American ice cream, at about 7 to 12 degrees Fahrenheit, so your mouth is less numb and better able to taste it.
2 – Czech Republic:
It’s all about the dumplings. Dumplings or “Knedliky” can be served with sauerkraut and pork, or on the other extreme, with fruit and sugar
– Svíčková — Dumplings and Beef in a brown sauce. typical Czech dish and one of the most popular Czech meals. It is sirloin steak prepared with vegetables, spiced with black pepper, allspice, bay leaf and thyme, and boiled with double cream
– Fruit Dumplings and Apple Strudel
Sweet dumplings can be filled with fruit, marmalade, curd-cheese or poppy-seeds. Powdered sugar is then added, with a touch of melted butter, and the possibility of a sprinkle of cinnamon or grated gingerbread. Classic fruits are apricots, plums, strawberries
3 – Germany and Austria:
– Definitely the wurst! No… not the worst! The sausages! Curry-wurst!
4 – France:
French Onion Soup
Souffles — there’s a Souffle only restaurant in Paris. It’s called, Le Souflle
5 – Portugal:
Pork Sandwich – Bifana
The Portuguese people eat these pork sandwiches like we Americans eat burgers — anytime and anywhere. The Bifana is so popular, McDonald’s even launched the McBifana in Portugal. Never heard of the Bifana? It starts off with lightly-pounded pork steaks (boneless cutlets) that have been marinated in a special garlic and all-Spanish spice concoction. The cutlets are then briefly sauteed, just long enough to cook them through while keeping them tender, moist and juicy. They get served on a crusty-on-the-outside, tender-and-chewy-on-the-inside, floury Portuguese roll.
Tiger Shrimp Seafood at Cervejaria Ramiro
Tiger shrimp can reach up to 13 inches in a length. It’s like a lobster shrimp!
The Portuguese egg tart is generally known as “Pastél de nata”. However, the Original Egg Tarts is produced and sold by “Casa Pasteis de Belém”. It’s just outside of Lisbon. There is a constant queue in front of the Casa Pasteis de Belém
The creation of pastél de nata is credited to the monks in Jerónimos Monastery in Belém. At that time, large quantities of egg white was used to starch clothes and the remaining yolks used for the preparation of cakes and pastries.
In the 1820 Liberal revolution, all convents and monasteries in Portugal were shut down. Someone from the monastery offered the recipe to the shop which was adjacent to a sugar refinery in Belém. In 1837, the baking of the “Pasteis de Belém” using the secret recipe from the monastery started.
6 – Ireland:
7 – UK:
Scones with clotted cream
Fish and Chips
8 – Sweden:
Swedish Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes and Lingonberry
9 – Japan:
I never used to like Sushi — until I had GOOD sushi in Hokkaido.
Sushi in Otaru:
There’s like a gazillion styles — Ippudo & Ichiran my favorite chains
– Gyoza (Japanese Potstickers)
From Osaka Ohsho
Pudding and Custard Taiyaki
– Pepper Lunch!
10 – Singapore:
Everything at the Hawker Centres and the Food Courts
One of Anthony’s Bourdains favorites — one stall even has a Michelin Star for $3 Chicken Rice. Thick Soy Sauce, and Garlic Sambal (Chili Sauce)
Cooked when you order it over charcoal
Spicy coconut soup base with flour noodles and shrimp
Freshly wokked of course!
11 – Taiwan:
Everything! Except Stinky Tofu! 🙂
Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung
– Milk Tea
Mango Shave Ice
12 – Hong Kong:
HK people love to eat!
One of my favorite’s is Maxim’s in the HK City Hall
And there’s a 3-star Michelin Dim Sum restaurant at the 4 seasons
Desert “soups” — Mango with coconut milk, sago, and pomelo
13 – Macau:
– Portuguese Egg Tarts from Lord Stows
14 – China:
– Peking Duck from Quanjude
15 – Korea:
Korean BBQ — Galbi (Korean Short Rib)
Korean Tofu Stew (BCD Tofu)