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Best food you have eaten abroad?


Old May 29, 17, 9:32 am
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Hi everyone!
I tend to travel a lot and I would love to hear what food you liked the most when you traveled so I can also try it!
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Old May 29, 17, 11:22 am
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Sushi Yoshitake - incredible sushi and I got lucky that 2 other Americans were there so didn't have to eat in silence (since I was dining solo and don't speak Japanese)
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Esterhazy torte in Vienna. Unfortunately the server brought four forks and I had to share.
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I'm going to leave the fancy Michelin places out of this, and keep it more general and approachable. Abroad, for me, is outside the US.

I've had so many good meals in Tokyo. But I crave the yakatori and ramen shops.

There's a restaurant in Budapest called Rosenstein. Near some old communist-era apartment buildings and the lights kept flickering off while we were there. But the food was delicious, and the roast goose was my favorite.

Bistro 100 Maneiras in Lisbon is another one I always think of, where again everything was wonderful but the pork knuckle was perhaps the best I've had.
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The mille-feuille at La Bonbonnière de Buci in Paris. Unfortunately, the place is long closed. It is the best pastry I've ever had ... more than once. I've yet to have a close second.

The chocolate covered orange peel at Pierre Marcolini back when it was a little rustic chocolate shop in Brussels. Once it became an international luxury chocolate shop, something changed. Still good ... but those orange sticks of time past were just incredible.

Le Beurre Bordier. Butter so good, you bring it home from France.
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You arrive at your destination not knowing what to eat in Asia. Steamed Sea Bass in Soy sauce hits the spot and is delicious.
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Old May 29, 17, 10:56 pm
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Everything sounds so delicious!
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Some of the meals that really stand out for me are the simplest ones. Off the top of my head:

A Royal Congee for breakfast at a small guesthouse in Bangkok. You'd be hard pressed to pack more flavour into a mouthful.

A Mysore-style masala dosa (for breakfast, again) on the roof of a small guesthouse in Hampi (India). I love dosa at the best of times, but this was just outstanding - and the view hard to beat.

Unagi onigiri (once again, for breakfast - I'm seeing a theme here...) on a balcony in a ryokan in Narita town. Smoked eel is one of my favourite foods, and this really didn't disappoint.

Black fish curry with pol roti and a solid coconut milk rice pudding in Sri Lanka. OK, I'm a breakfast person. And I could eat Sri Lankan curry and rice or rotis all year round.

A chicken handi at a café in Lahore (Pakistan). Just the perfect balance of spice, and you just can't get that cardamom tea right anywhere outside Pakistan.

A roadside tagine (fairly classic chicken, olives and preserved lemons) on the road down towards Merzouga in Morocco, just before the highway becomes desert (one of the more intense driving experience of my life). My expectations for the roadside shack weren't high, but I couldn't have been more wrong.

A fish platter at a dockside bar/restaurant near Lisbon. Stumbled in off the train (bonus points for the outstanding Pasteis de Belem earlier in the day). Didn't look much - a few men drinking beer and watching the football on the telly - but the fish (perfectly marinated in that spicy Portuguese way) was fresh off the boat and incredibly tasty.

And so many more. A turbot and hazelnut "small plate" in the meatpacking district of Copenhagen, salyanka from a café by the springs in Kislovodsk, cevapcici and Turkish (sorry, Bosnian) coffee from a market stall in Bascarsija (Sarajevo), samosa chaat from a stall in "our" business park in Hyderabad. oyster okonomiyaki on Miyajima, an unidentifiable chicken broth in Yunnan (spent most of my time there ordering randomly, as there was no way to translate) all lemongrass and sichuan pepper, the most incredible seafood broth at the Bookstore in Wellfleet, Cape Cod...

Travel and food are inextricably linked for me.

And we haven't even touched on France (where my love of food began, having moved there as as 10-year-old). I had an entire holiday a couple of years ago in the South-West chasing duck- and peach-based dishes around. Confit de canard will be the death of me...

Oh yes, sweets. Millefeuille is a favourite of mine (and I despair at some of the versions of it that are done in this country). When I lived in Picardy, our local bakery (less cute than it may sound - this was on shopping parade in a not-entirely-pretty part of town, mostly low-rise blocks) was outstanding, and its millefeuilles, religieuses (another absolute favourite of mine) and all-butter croissants (practically dripping) were universally outstanding.

One of the hotels in town did profiteroles that were amazing, too - filled with ice cream (as is the norm in France) and served with a jug of hot, dark chocolate sauce (they gave you some bread to mop up that sauce too). I still love profiteroles, but they're always filled with whipped cream (or creme pat at a push) here, and covered with chocolate icing. Never quite the same.

They also did a mighty fine ile flottante in that place.

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Carciofi alla giudia in Rome. Jewish style deep fried artichoke. You eat the entire leaf and it's crispy like a chip. Absolutely delicious!
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Man, where to begin??

Tartiflette in Annecy
Steak at La Cabrera in Buenos Aires
Fish head curry in Singapore
Schweinshaxe at our favorite little restaurant in Berchtesgaden
Lechon manok at a small convenience store across from People's Park in Davao

Each one of these, to me, is worth the trip.
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A few others that stand out to me:

-Chicken Rice at Tian Tian (Maxwell Centre) - unbelievable value
-Roti at some other random hawker stand at Maxwell Centre
-A noodle soup dish from a random street vendor in Bangkok after a full and exhausting day of touring the major tourist sites
-Greek salad in Santorini
-I did a culinary backstreets tour in Istanbul that started in Europe and ended in Asia and genuinely every single thing we had was incredible. Baklava, kokorec, "turkish pizza", etc.
-Some amazing pasta in Prague - can't for the life of me remember the place but went on two different trips within 8 weeks while studying abroad. The first time we stumbled in on a night that was frigid and we just wanted food and they made homemade pasta and with wine and lots of (delicious) food it was like $25 USD/person
-Stayed in Wales a few years back at this country retreat and the food every night tasted about as fresh as any food I've ever had. I still remember the beef and the lamb tasting so fresh it was as if you could taste the food from the land around us they'd been eating.

I could go on and on. For me food and travel go hand in hand and it's not a good trip if I didn't seek out and enjoy some of the local cuisine.

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Tafelspitz at plachutta in Vienna.
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As the US is abroad for myself:

- Florida Key conch fritters, as a combo with hush puppies, Gumbo and 'slaw in the Sunshine State. This was simply amazing

- Traditional, home made BBQ with greens & mac'n'cheese at friends of my US based family members. Loved how Southerners treat it as an art form

- Buttermilk bisquits & sausage gravy for breakfast and brunch at the Peach Valley Cafe locations in FL

Also love to cook with quality American ingredients, now that I've slowly adjusted to the Fahrenheit scale...
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Kokotxas (hake cheeks) in Northern Spain. As an aside the consistently best food I've eaten anywhere was in the Basque region of Spain.

Grilled kudu steak in Namibia

Beef brisket BBQ in USA.

Poisson Cru in Tahiti
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Old Jun 4, 17, 4:59 pm
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In Cornwall - my aunt's gooseberry tart with clotted cream.

In Barcelona I really liked the simple toast rubbed with tomato.
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