Top 3 Exotic Food Destinations
Whether you’re a foodie fanatic or prefer to play it safe, you can’t deny that food can make or break a destination. From the cheapest street food to the most delicate cuisine at the finest restaurants, eating out while abroad is an experience to savour. Step out of your comfort zone and really immerse yourself in the culture of the country you visit by sampling their traditional dishes. But before you decide on that all-important trip, take a look at the best destinations to try the most exotic food in the world.
Caribbean cooking is influenced by many different kinds of cuisine such as Spanish, Chinese, European and Indian because of the history of the region. The spices and herbs were brought from the East as well as a healthy dose of rice dishes! Meat is a regular feature as well as many kinds of seafood with it being an island environment. But I bet you’ve never heard of ‘conch fritters’. A Bahamian dish, conch fritters are small balls of conch snail meat fried in batter with an array of seasonings. You won’t have a hard time locating this dish in the Bahamas as they’re very popular so just ask at most restaurants and I’ve sure that they’ll serve you up a portion!(Image by Al_HikesAZ)
Istanbul is often known as the place where Europe melts into Asia, yet Turkey as a region has a very characteristic culture and cuisine. The simplest, home-style cooking is the best and most authentic option. It’s common to find fish in olive oil, yogurt salads and stuffed vegetables as these ingredients form the basis of most Turkish foods. Be sure to try ‘fasulye pilaki’, white beans with tomato paste, carrot, garlic and olive oil or if you’re feeling adventurous you can go for ‘beykoz kebabi’, an onion and tomato flavoured lamp wrapped in slices of aubergine and served with lamb brains – yum!
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Indonesia is not only a beautiful and picturesque place but it also has the most exquisite cuisine. It is an incredibly diverse region with approximately 6,000 populated islands so the culture and food varies greatly. For example, Sumatra has more Middle Eastern and Indian influences with curried meat and vegetables like ‘gulai’ and ‘kari’ whereas the cuisines of Javanese culture are closer to Polynesia and Melanesian foods. Chinese dishes also feature widely in Indonesian foods with ‘bakmi’ (noodles) and ‘lumpia’ (spring rolls) but if you want to try something really unique go for ‘Kopi Luwak Coffee’. This speciality coffee is brewed from seeds that have been eaten and defecated by Asian palm civets – apparently it’s what gives it that special taste!
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