“There is no love sincerer than the love of food,” said George Bernard Shaw, and let us also add that there’s arguably no better way to explore a culture than to eat voraciously while travelling. Yes, there are many five-star restaurants worth booking an entire trip for, but it’s equally important to savour classic treats from across the world.
Here is a list of the best food worth travelling for from Travel+Leisure:
Paella in Valencia, Spain
Nasi Lemak in Malaysia
Malaysia’s national dish, nasi lemak is a fragrant coconut-milk rice mixture, served with sambal sauce, fried crispy anchovies, toasted peanuts, and cucumber and cooked with screw pine (pandan) leaves. Available on almost every street corner, this much-loved classic hits all the notes.
Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain
Among the most highly ranked cities for Michelin-starred restaurants, San Sebastián boasts pintxos (the equivalent of small tapas) with über-creative takes on classics and beyond. Spain’s haute cuisine shines in this culinary paradise on the Basque coast.
Pastel de Nata in Lisbon, Portugal
The most iconic Portuguese pastry, the pastel de nata is a sublime custard tart with hints of lemon, cinnamon, and vanilla. Buttery goodness in the middle, crunchy sweetness on top—what’s not to love?
Mole in Puebla, Mexico
Mole, a speciality in the Mexican city of Puebla, is a labour of love. The spicy-sweet combination of this rich, chocolate-coloured sauce takes arduous preparation and packs ingredients such as Ancho chiles, spices like anise and coriander, sesame seeds, almonds, peanuts, stale bread, brown sugar, raisins, chocolate, and ripe plantains. The culminating dish is fit for the gods.
Sichuan Hot Pot in China
Poutine in Canada
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