What is one of the most important facets of travel? No doubt the vote will be unanimous. Beside the excitement of visiting a new country and meeting new people, tasting the unique cuisine of a country is as important as any other activities. In this era of globalization, international cuisines have crossed the borders of their respective countries to fall in the hands, or rather mouths, of everybody. Still, there is no greater thrill than to visit a country and to taste their different cuisines, in the way they are cooked in their own environment.
When voting on the different cuisines around the world, Italy comes in the first position, no doubt. The native cuisine of Italy – pizza, pasta and spaghetti may have originated in Italy, but have made its place among the favorites of almost all countries of the world long, long time ago. A satisfying cuisine based on carbohydrates, tangy sauces, cheese, vegetables and meat, Italian food is fulfilling to the stomach and a wholesome meal for the whole family. The specialty of Italian food is in its sauces cooked in olive oil, and the various pizza toppings of mozzarella cheese, meat, basil, jalapeno and olives.
The new favorite cuisine of the world at the moment is Indian Food with its spicy and tangy curries, vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. A country of many cultures in itself, India boasts of a multitude of different cuisines which include both vegetarian delicacies as the Dosa, Dhokla and Pau-bhaji, as well as the various hot and spicy chicken and mutton curries. Besides, Indian cuisine also includes different types of street-food and desserts. Indian food is currently a favorite at many western countries, especially in the US and the UK, in top Indian restaurants run by Indian chefs.
Tacos, Quesadillas, Nachos, and Enchiladas – the names alone are mouth-watering. The world’s another favorite, Mexican cuisine is a mixture of spicy, tangy, sweet, salty and almost all sorts of flavors to the taste buds, all in one bite. Mexican Cuisines focus mainly on tomato sauce and ground beef, and is one of the spiciest foods in the world. You have to have a strong stomach to take in all the hot stuff that are included in Mexican food.
Chinese cuisine had taken the world by storm a few decades ago, the first of Asian Cuisine to cross the borders and step in as one of the favorites of the world. Chinese cuisine is not only incredibly tasty, but also healthy and easy on the digestive system. As the main dish of China is rice, the cuisine is centered mainly around various preparations of fried rice, as well as noodles, dumplings, spring rolls and soup. Other countries have to some extent tempered with Chinese recipes to accommodate their own stomach and taste, but still today, there are a few restaurants, especially in the Chinatown areas of UK and USA, that use the original recipes.
Sushi, originated in Japan, is different from any other cuisine around the world. Japan is an extremely health conscious country, and their cuisine also reflects their belief in this manner. The ever popular preparations of tempura, sushi, teriyaki and miso soup belonging to Japanese cuisine is thus, easy to digest and contains a balance of rice, fruits, vegetables and seafood.
French food is versatile and light, and very easy for the stomach to digest. Top restaurants in France are a hub of culture and dining as they serve some of the best six-course meals of the world. From champagne to cheese to desserts, the French believe in perfection and their cuisine is delicate and prepared in an artistic way to satisfy the eye as well as the stomach. French cuisine specializes in over a hundred types of cheese and bread, each with their own characteristics.
The cuisine of United States is basically a mixture of cuisines from all around the world, from the heavy Mexican and Indian dishes to delicately prepared Japanese and French delicacies. Some of the old and traditional dishes of the States include clam chowder, key lime pie and Cobb Salad, although in recent times, Americans prefer a combination of dishes that have over the years been evolved to fit their own taste and preferences. For example, cheeseburger and hamburgers originating in Germany, French fires from Belgium and pizza from Italy.
Thai cuisines are incredibly complex and each simple preparation generally requires as many as 15 to 20 ingredients that give the dishes a salty, spicy, tangy, sour taste. Thai cuisine has influences of dishes from China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar, making their recipes complex yet unique.
Spanish cuisine requires a number of exotic spices for preparation, including rare spices such as saffron, cumin and honeyed sweets, making their dishes like no other in the world. Their main focus is one seafood and meat, prepared delicately and presented in an artistic manner.
Indonesian Cuisine has the most diverse food in the world, divided among their 18,000 islands and thousands of cultures. The dishes are not harmful to the body, and prepared keeping health and well-being in mind, and there’s no end to the variety of taste that they offer.
Tasting the local cuisine is one of the most important, if not the most important part of travelling. Local delicacies and cuisines are a way to open a culture in the mind of the traveler that nothing else can.