33 Foods Worth Traveling Across the World Just to Eat

“He that has never traveled thinks that his mother is the only good cook in the world”Kenyan proverb.

And while mother is the best cook, how many mothers exist in this world?

After returning from any trip I’ll often reflect, browse through my photos, and realize that by far the most memorable experiences I had all revolved around food.

And that’s no surprise…

Not just because I’m a food obsessed individual, but because food is an essential ingredient of human life – survival, culture, tradition, lifestyle, festivals, relationships, comforts – food plays a part in everything.

To tackle this meaty list of 33 foods worth trekking the globe to hunt down, I decided there was no better way than to ask other jet-setting food passionate bloggers to share their thoughts.

So grab a spoon, and get ready to dig in…

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Poke (Hawaii, USA) - Cubes of tender raw fish

Poke (Hawaii, USA) – Cubes of tender raw fish (also pictured with octopus poke)

1. Poke (Hawaii, USA)

My pick

Freshly cut cubes of raw Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi) combined with soy sauce, sesame oil, sea salt, chili pepper, sweet onions, and limu seaweed is one of the great culinary creations of this world.

The fish (which should be caught locally and never frozen) is the texture of ripe papaya – so smooth and tender I sometimes can’t help myself from chewing with my lips instead of my teeth.

A chilled piece of poke combined with a proportional amount of steamed rice in the same bite is a sensation that’s so divine, it’s hard to believe you’re still on earth.

Aguachido (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

Aguachido (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

2. Aguachido (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

Ayngelina from Bacon is Magic

Playa del Carmen is known for its seafood and while you can get great options everywhere, all the locals go to a restaurant called Aguachiles.

Here you can find aguachido: shrimp marinated in lemon juice with clamato and fresh vegetables. Unbelievably fresh and while it is only a few dollars it rivals anything I’ve eaten at high-end restaurants.

Khao Soi Curry Noodle Dish, Thailand

Khao Soi (Thailand)

3. Khao Soi (Thailand)

Paul from Walk Fly Pinoy

It’s soft and yellow egg noodles bathed in a thick curry broth. Not soup. Broth. It is then topped with deep-fried, crispy egg noodles, and eaten with pickled greens on the side. The broth is coconut milk-based and the curry can either be cooked with chicken, pork, or beef. Beef is my favorite kind of Khao Soi, especially the ones prepared by the Thai Muslim women in Chiang Mai’s Muslim area along Chang Klan Road.

Poulet Yassa

Poulet Yassa – Heaven-sent!

4. Poulet Yassa / Chicken Yassa (Senegal)

Phil from Phil in the Blank & Sick on the Road

Yassa is a heaven-sent marinade of lemon, onion and chile, often taken to the next level with a touch of dijon mustard and some freshly grated ginger. Chicken is slow cooked in this flavorful mixture before it is served over rice.

“I can eat plates of it.”

Arcaro and Genell, Old Forge Pennsylvania

White Pizza – it’s heartwarming, heaven in the mouth

5. White Pizza – Old Forge Pizza (Pennsylvania, USA)

Juno from Runaway Juno & Mastertravelphoto.com (Mastering Art of the Travel Photography)

The White pizza is the one. It’s not a regular pizza you know; Old Forge White Pizza is a creamy-cheesy-and-even-heartwarming heaven in the mouth. The white pizza has a double crust, on the botton and the top, with cheese filling. I don’t know what they do to the cheese, but it’s heavenly soft.

You’d want to travel around the world to eat that; I literally did.

Kobe Beef

Kobe Beef – mouthwatering goodness

6. Kobe Beef (Shin Kobe, Japan)

Jeremy & Shirlene from Idelish

Melt-in-your-mouth, mouth-watering-goodness is how we’d describe Kobe beef! Unlike regular beef, if prepared past medium rare, like steak, the fat would liquefy – that’s how melt-in-your-mouth it is. Read more about the dish we’d travel all the way to Japan for here.

Eggplant Satsivi - so simple, yet so satisfying

Eggplant Satsivi – so simple, yet so satisfying

7. Eggplant Satsivi (Georgia)

Anil from Fox Nomad

It’s a simple Georgian dish of pureed walnuts, eggplant, and spices eaten chilled. An appetizer so simple yet satisfying, my only regret is not having known it existed sooner.

Gujarati Thali - India

Gujarati Thali – so delicious, you may not even get a photo until you’ve licked your plate clean!

8. Gujarati Thali (State of Gujarat, India)

Derek from Wandering Earl

Just imagine – a large, circular tin plate filled with up to ten wildly flavorful and addictively sweet vegetarian curries sitting alongside servings of dhal (lentils), spicy vegetables, salad and a guaranteed-to-be-yummy dessert. And with a steady flow of fresh rotis and rice delivered to your table throughout your meal, you’re free to devour those dishes however you prefer (and devour you will, just as I did above before I was able to take a photo!).

Of course, the best part is that the waitstaff walk around the restaurant constantly scooping more curries onto your plate, refusing to let you stop eating until you’ve had at least three servings of every dish!

Nghêu Hấp Xả

Nghêu Hấp Xả – before you know it, the dish will be gone

9. Nghêu Hấp Xả / Steamed Clams w/ Lemongrass (Vietnam)

Barbara from The Dropout Diaries

Plump baby clams, cooked in a little pot with lemongrass and delivered steaming to your table. The clam shells are too hot to pick up at first, and you always burn your fingers because these clams are too good to wait for.

Each clam is a spoon and a tiny meal – you scoop up some lemongrass broth and some sweet chilli sauce in the half of the clam that contains the meat and deliver the taste explosion to your mouth. FABULOUS. One pot never lasts long, so keep an eye on the waiter so you can order another.

nasi lemak

Nasi Lemak – no other meal quite cuts it

10. Nasi Lemak (Malaysia)

Mei and Jo from ccfoodtravel.com and Cikipedia

One of the dishes that I would travel across the world just to eat, is the Nasi Lemak. Somehow, this combination of rice cooked in coconut milk, chili sambal anchovies, half a hard boiled egg, deep fried chicken, sambal squid, peanuts and cucumbers really gives me the shivers just thinking about it.

No other meal quite cuts it, like the Nasi Lemak does.

The best way to serve Nasi Lemak is wrapped in or served on a banana leaf, as it lends an aromatic fragrance to the rice. When used to pack the steaming hot coconut milk rice, you just need to unravel the green, conical package and let your nostrils be assaulted by the most heavenly aroma on earth.

Bibim Guksu

Bibim Guksu – perfect on summer days

11. Bibim Guksu (South Korea)

Sook from Heart, Mind & Seoul

Bibim Guksu is a popular Korean noodle dish that perfect for hot Summer days. The noodles are cold and mixed with a spicy and sweet gochujang (Korean red pepper paste) sauce.

Panang Curry with Chicken

Panang Curry with Chicken – all the best flavors, combined into perfection

12. Panang Curry with Chicken (Thailand)

Dave from Go Backpacking

A thick, coconut cream-based Thai curry with a peanut flavor. Red peppers add spice, however the heat level will depend greatly on whose preparing it (and whose eating it). Chicken can be substituted for beef, tofu, or vegetables, and it’s typically served with jasmine rice.


Turkish Hamsi – head to the market for the perfect street food

13. Turkish Hamsi (Turkey)

Julia & Barry from Turkey’s For Life

As the hamsi (anchovies) swarm the Black Sea towards the Bosphorus Strait each winter, Turkish fishermen drop their nets. On any winter arrival in Istanbul, the first thing we do is head for Karaköy fish market for the perfect street food, Hamsi Ekmek. The anchovies are deep fried and served with rocket leaves and thinly sliced onion in a fresh, crusty bread.

Reuben Sandwich

Reuben Sandwich – simple dishes done exceptionally well

14. Reuben Sandwich (Sherman’s Deli, California, USA)

Kent and Caanan from No Vacation Required

Choosing a favorite food was not an easy chore. We have had some truly amazing meals in some once-in-a-lifetime restaurants and in some distant locations. However, sometimes it’s the really simple dishes done exceptionally well that stand out – a perfect Caesar salad or a spot-on bowl of fettuccini alfredo, for instance.

The Reuben sandwich at Sherman’s Deli in Palm Springs, CA is one of those simple wonders we keep coming back to (literally and figuratively). They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I think this picture is worth 10 amazing mouthfuls.

Chashumen - Shoyu Pork Noodle

Chashumen – Shoyu Pork Noodle – ramen from the heavens

15. Chashumen – Shoyu Pork Noodle (Ginza District, Tokyo, Japan)

Pomai from The Tasty Island (Honolulu Food Blog)

I have yet to come across a broth, chashu, menma and noodles as special and OISHII as the bowl of ramen “of the Heavens” from this shop. Earthy, aromatic, deep and complex immediately splash my memories.

The closest authentic Japanese ramen to it I’ve been able to find here in Honolulu is the Shoyu Ramen from either Goma Tei (Ward Center) or Ramen Nakamura (Waikiki).

Pastel de Nata / Pastéis de Belém

Pastel de Nata / Pastéis de Belém – velvety cream encased in a flaky caramelized pastry crust

16. Pastel de Nata / Pastéis de Belém (Belém Bakery, Portugal)

Sarah from Food Bridge

Portugal’s legendary egg custard tarts– a full bodied, velvety cream encased in a flaky caramelized pastry crust, were one of the highlights of my visit to Lisbon. My friend had another way of describing them, “It’s disgusting how good these are”.

The original egg custard tarts were first made in Lisbon almost two hundred years ago by the nuns of Jeronimos Monastery. The nuns opened a bakery in the Belem neighborhood of Lisbon using a secret recipe passed on from the monastery. Eventually the pastries as well as the shop became known as Pastéis de Belém and their popularity quickly spread to other areas of Portugal. Outside the Belem Bakery the pastry is known as pastel de nata (plural, pasteis de nata).


Jalebi – Indians love their food and they love their sweets!

17. Jalebi (India)

Arti from My Yatra Diary

Indians love their food and they love their sweets! Amongst the hordes that they have on their platter, one that I personally am madly in love with is the round and round, Jalebi!

Jalebis are made up of flour dough and are crisp, soft and plump at the same time. The dough is rolled out into hot ghee in a specific round shape/pattern and then deep fried till they become crusty and crunchy. These are then finally dipped in a special kind of sugary syrup called the chashni to give it the desired sweetness and taste. Served either hot or cold, are best had as a breakfast snack with hot milk or as a dessert after completing the full course of a meal.

So the next time you are in India, do not forget to stop by the streets of India and grab this Indian flavor! Because, yes… it’s totally worth it!

Foodies Delight!  Turkish Meze

Meze – it’s the perfect social dining cuisine

18. Meze (Turkey)

Cameron & Nicole from Traveling Canucks

Meze is a selection of small dishes served typically before a larger meal or, in our case, it’s THE meal. We love Turkish meze because it allows us to sample a wide variety of foods over a longer period of time – it’s the perfect social dining cuisine!

We love the combinations of fresh cheeses, cured meats, pureed dips, pickled vegetables and grilled seafood, and nobody does it better than the Turks. I’m getting hungry just talking about it!

A Georgian Feast of Khingkale

Khinkali – may look simple, but packed with complex flavor

19. Khinkali (Republic of Georgia)

Daniel & Audrey from Uncornered Market

Khinkali may look like simple dumplings, but the combination of herbs and spices with the freshly minced meat that creates a delicious broth inside makes them anything but simple.

Each dumpling is stuffed and then twisted over 20 times to get a little knob at the end. To eat, sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and pick up by the knob. Take a small bite and then suck out the broth (or else you can get burned!); then you eat everything else but the knob. At the end of the meal you can count how many khingale you’ve had by the knobs on your plate.

Potato Wedges

Potato Wedges – slightly odd dipping sauce, but intensely good

20. Potato Wedges w/ Sour Cream & Sweet Chill Sauce (Australia)

Cailin from The Taste of Travel & Travel Yourself

Served either as an appetizer or side to a meal, potato wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce is exactly what it sounds like it is, seasoned potato wedges that you dip in a mix of sour cream and sweet chilli sauce, sounds slightly odd but so delicious!

Dolsot Bibimbap - It's by far my favourite my meal in South Korea.

Dolsot Bibimbap – It’s by far my favourite my meal in South Korea.

21. Dolsot Bibimbap 돌솥 비빔밥 (South Korea)

Sam from Nomadic Samuel & Smiling Faces Travel Photos

Dolsot Bibimbap is a special variation of bibimbap (Korean mixed rice) that is prepared in a sizzling stone pot where the rice nestles with various mixed vegetables, raw egg and spicy red pepper paste. The stone pot is so hot that the raw egg is cooked against the side of the bowl while the bottom section of rice is coated with sesame oil rendering it a lovely crispy golden brown.

It’s by far my favourite my meal in South Korea.

Not only is it equally amounts delicious and healthy but more important it is a budget conscious meal. A bowl should cost no more than $4-6 USD and comes with a generous serving a side dishes and soup that can be refilled frequently upon request.

Fugu "Puffer Fish" Sashimi

Fugu “Puffer Fish” Sashimi – This is not your average piece of sashimi

22. Fugu “Puffer Fish” Sashimi (Shimonoseki, Japan)

Erica from Kizzling Around

(I included the city since it really does taste the best there)

“This is not your average piece of sashimi.”

Pieces of boiled skin and thin green onions are wrapped in a thinly sliced and slightly transparent piece of fugu sashimi, which is then dipped in soy sauce with either lemon juice or vinegar and momijioroshi (ground daikon and red chili peppers). This dish is delicate and the flavors subtle with a variety of textures for additional enjoyment.

Truffle Extravaganza Meal

Truffle Extravaganza Meal – makes us salivate even now

23. Truffle Extravaganza Meal (Tuscany, Italy)

Akila & Patrick from The Road Forks

After hunting for truffles with Giulio the Trufflehunter and his beautiful dog Edda, we were treated to a feast based entirely on this delicacy. Though all of the dishes were delicious, the one that makes us salivate even now was the perfect gnocchi that melted like clouds on our tongue, topped with a thick shaving of freshly found truffles.


Salteñas – worth traveling across the ocean for

24. Salteñas (Bolivia)

Stephanie from The Travel Chica

This savory baked pastry gives Bolivia the prize for the best style of empanada in Latin America. The dough is thick like a pot pie crust in order to hold the hearty filling. There are two styles, and the salteñas de caldo filled with a chopped beef stew, lots of spices, and a little sweetness are the ones I would travel across an ocean for.

Sichuan Hot Pot

Sichuan Hot Pot – your tongue goes numb and your eyes pop open

25. Sichuan Hot Pot (China)

Dave & Deb from The Planet D

We had the Sichuan Hot Pot in Sichuan Province itself in Chengdu, China. It is an eye sizzling array of thinly sliced meat and fresh vegetables displayed on a table surrounding giants sunken pots of spicey boiling water and oil. You cook it yourself and that is half the fun. The other half is biting into the most flavourful mouthful of food you will ever have in your life.

Biting into the Huajiao pepper is a unique moment in dining as your tongue goes numb and your eyes pop open as you embrace the heavenly sensation of the deep burn.


(photo by Samer)

26. Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur (Reykjavík, Iceland)

Jen from Savory Simple

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur is a small hot dog stand in the middle of Reykjavík, Iceland that always has a line down the block. These hot dogs are like nothing you’ll find in America; they’re made with native Icelandic lamb and served with an assortment of condiments including fried onions and a mayonnaise-based sauce.

We’ve joked about taking a weekend trip back to Iceland just for the hot dogs. They’re that good.


Samoosas – tastier than samosas in other countries

27. Samoosas (South Africa)

Heather from 2Summers

South Africa has the largest population of Indians outside of India, and South African Indians have developed their own unique interpretation of Indian food. Samoosas (spelled with two ‘o’s, not one), the ultimate South African Indian snack, come in a wide variety of flavours and are far tastier than samosas in other countries.

The best samoosas in Johannesburg are at World of Samoosas, a take-away counter tucked between fabric shops in the sprawling Oriental Plaza. My favourite samoosa varieties are spinach and feta and cheese and onion, washed down with a Styrofoam cup of sweet masala tea.


Aioli – the results are much greater than the sum of its parts

28. Aioli (France, specifically Provence)

Matt from Matt Bites & Matt Armendariz Photography

And while it’s nothing more than eggs, garlic, great oil and technique, the results are much greater than the sum of its parts. Maybe because we just can’t seem to do it the same way here, or maybe because I’ve always enjoyed it in France with tons of chilled wine, great company, and a sunny late afternoon view like no other.

It’s easy yet so satisfying.

It’s basically just an emulsifcation of oil and eggs with tons of garlic. It’s enjoyed with whatever vegetables are around, even some slices of bread. And you dip and eat. It couldn’t be easier. Or enjoy on fish or other types of meats. I’m no purist but I do appreciate the real deal.

Troll King Salmon

Troll King Salmon – baked to perfection on an alderwood plank

29. Troll King Salmon (Seattle, WA, USA)

Gerard and Kieu from GQ trippin

We’ll fly to Seattle, Washington in a heartbeat for Elliott’s Oyster House and their Troll King Salmon baked to perfection on an alderwood plank. Finished with a side of market vegetables and smoked tomato-onion beurre blanc sauce – it is quite possibly the best fish dish we’ve ever had.

Hamsi Tava

Hamsi Tava – fried to a gorgeous crunch in a slope-sided skillet

30. Hamsi Tava (Black Sea coast, Turkey)

Robyn from Eating Asia and photo by David Hagerman Photography

In northern coastal Turkey hamsi (anchovy in Turkish) season runs from September through March or so. These cold water beauties are rich and oily, so much better than hamsi pulled from the Marmara, and anchovy love is an indelible part of Black Sea culture.

For this dish the fish are cleaned and the head is removed but they’re otherwise left whole — then they’re dipped in cornmeal and fried to a gorgeous crunch in a slope-sided skillet called a tava.

Madagascar Vanilla Millefeuille

Madagascar Vanilla Millefeuille – the real magic begins when they pull out the dessert cart

31. Madagascar Vanilla Millefeuille (Chateau Richeux, Brittany, France)

Andi from Misadventures with Andi

Any meal in the restaurant at Chateau Richeux is a culinary delight, but the real magic begins when they pull out the dessert cart.

Chef Olivier Roellinger feels that you should never stop being a kid and you can have whatever you want, as much as you want, as many times as you want from his fully loaded cart. The highlight being the millefeuille of the day made with vanilla from Madagascar, it will have you driving the three hours it takes to get there from Paris on a regular basis, or at least planning the trip!

Ethiopian food

For a single evening-time feast, I find this meal impossible to beat.

32. Mahaberawi (Ethiopia)

Joel – food and travel lover

Although it may be a cuisine you have never heard of, that does not change the fact that Ethiopians have some of the best food on this earth.

Using a slightly sour, soft flatbread made from the Teff grain as a base, everything is eaten by hand. A communal dish is served with healthy sections of roasted meat, earthy spiced curries, and plenty of vegetables both raw and cooked. For a single evening-time feast, I find this meal impossible to beat.


Tagine – It also just happens to be absolutely delicious.

33. Tagine (Traditionally from Morocco)

Jodi from Legal Nomads

The tagine is both the name of the dish and the name of the conical clay pot that houses it. I chose this dish because of the sheer volume of possibilities that it offers: chicken and vegetables, beef, prunes and sesame, an omelette steamed to perfection and more, all simmered in the earthenware tagine. Each option is different in taste because of the spices and condiments used to build it.

There are many other meals I’d travel to eat, but tagine is permanently connected to the history and food culture of Morocco as a whole. From the Atlas Mountains, where I saw hundreds of clay cones in a line, bubbling up toward the sky, to cooking tagines under the sky in the Sahara, it’s a dish that can be found and enjoyed from all walks of life in the country. It also just happens to be absolutely delicious.

And just because your mouth is still watering…


Chuanchuan – it makes my mouth water just thinking about it

34. Chuanchuan – Chengdu Hot Pot (Chengdu, China)

Steph from Twenty-Something Travel

I love spicy food and a traditional hot pot from the Szechuan Province of China fits the bill perfectly. Picture a boiling cauldron of hot oil and chili into which you dip strips of lamb, tiny sausages and all sorts of vegetables until they are cooked and tender.

The meal is messy and will leave your eyes streaming, but it makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

Bao Zi

Bao Zi

35. Bao Zi 包子 (China)

Michael from Art of Backpacking

These steamed filled buns can be easily found as a breakfast meal on the streets in China. I ate them nearly every morning for breakfast in Xi’an, China. They can be filled with lamb (my favorite), beef, or vegetables and can be dipped in a sauce made with vinegar and spicy sauce.

©2012 Jerry Redfern

Num banh chok (©2012 Jerry Redfern) – This is the dish I crave in Cambodia!

36. Num Banh Chok (Cambodia)

Karen from Rambling Spoon and photo by Jerry Redfern

This is my comfort food: lemongrass fish curry over tiny rice vermicelli and shaved banana flower, rich with coconut and slightly sweet, balanced with a sour twist of lime and the pungent saltiness of prahok (fermented fish).

Every dish is slightly different, topped with available vegetables and herbs—long beans, cilantro, chile, basil and a variety of local leaves that run a full range of flavors, from light and minty to mouth-puckering bitter or sour.

This is the dish I crave in Cambodia.

Fresh. Simple. Local.

After compiling this article, I discovered these characteristics are the resounding answers when it comes to food worth traveling for.

It’s often not the most complex dishes worth navigating the globe to consume, but rather the dishes made with simple, fresh ingredients, by experienced loving hands.

Something on this list is so incredibly delicious, it was recommended twice – did you catch (pun intended) that? Now that justifies a culinary trip.

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  1. says

    Yum, Yum, Yum!
    Great post Mark – thanks for the inclusion. You’d think that this post would help me decide on dinner tonight, but now I’m more indecisive as ever! :-)

      • Baptiste says


        Man I just admit your list is nice and mouth-watering.
        BUT… Holy BUT… I live in Nice where the Aïoli is served every friday, and what you show as Aïoli is NOT Aîoli. It is actually more a “bagna-cauda” or hot-bath, which is in that picture served indeed with what looks like an aïoli sauce. Aîoli is another dish by itself made with desalted cod-fish served with steamed vegies and a boiled egg and that comes on the side with an Aïoli sauce (home made mayonnaise with garlic).
        The real “bagna-cauda” is served with an emulsion of anchovies and olive oil whichj is put in the middle of the plate and where everyone is invited to dip its raw vegies.
        Thanks for your attention. As for me and for you, when it comes to eating, truth counts !
        Cheers, Baptiste.

      • says

        I am a food lover. Thanks for this post, simply loved it. Feel much better and less guilty knowing ““He that has never traveled thinks that his mother is the only good cook in the world” – Kenyan proverb.”
        Just few years ago, I figured this out.
        I watched one of your video about Sri Lankan Cuisine, Coconut Sambol, I couldn’t find any Sri Lankan dishes on this post?? You have good taste pallet I am sure these dishes are wonderful and wait to try.
        Working on Sri Lankan Cuisine(Traditional) – Any thoughts?
        I say ” Thanks to influence of foreign invaders and neighboring countries, Sri Lankan cuisine is one of a most complex cuisine in the world”. What would you say.

  2. says

    Thanks for asking us to be part of this. I’ve just really enjoyed going through everyone’s favourites. Think we chose the best though because Robyn of Eating Asia chose the same (near enough) dish as us. THAT’S how good hamsi is. And Turkish meze in there, too – Yeahy, go Turkey! 😉

    • says

      Turkey is well represented, definitely among the best destinations for food. Though I’ve never had it before, I’m sure Hamsi is absolutely incredible and I can’t wait to try it – hopefully in Turkey sometime!

  3. says

    What an amazing recap! Wow, I’m making lunch right now and I just want to fly to anywhere in the world to have these food! :) Thanks for featuring mine and my golden food: white pizza!

  4. says

    Thank you. Very delicious post. I would -and well, I have- gone around the world a few times to get some of those amazing eats! Especially the vegetarian Gujarati Thali. Yes, yes, yes!

    I’m very intrigued by the amount of world travel + world food excitement going around!

    • says

      Cool, thanks for sharing JPM, and vegetarian Thali is an excellent choice. I agree, seems there’s a recent and big rise in people appreciating local cuisine when they travel – which is great!

  5. says

    Oh my! I don’t know whether to shed tears of sorrow or tears of joy. This post has left me starving but also excited for what I’ll be having for dinner tonight. One of our favorite parts of traveling is eating our way around a country.

  6. Colleen says

    Any thali anywhere in South India.

    Neopolitan pizza. It really is deserving of al the praise and cannot be reproduced outside Naples, Italy.

    Veg sandwich, street side, India.

    Kinilau; marinated raw fish with chilies, Philippines.

    Durian; of course, a fruit, not a meal, but a fruit entirely worth making a meal out of. SE Asia.

    • says

      AWESOME, thank your for adding your favorites to the list Colleen – and some seriously delicious items. I didn’t have kinilau when I was in the Philippines, but sounds great, I’ll have to look more into that. What part of the Philippines is it from?

      We share a bonding obsession for durian, which easily justifies a trip to SE Asia to consume!

      • Colleen says

        Kinilaw (actually spelled with a ‘w’ at the end = ) originates in the Southern Visayas region of the Philippines, though I found it all over the country. It’s similar to ceviche and is comprised of raw tuna marinated in vinegar and the juice of super-sour tiny local Calamansi limes, along with finely diced red onion and finely diced tomatoes. It’s seasoned with ginger, garlic and salt plus a sprinkling of red hot chili peppers. The Philippines have amazing food courts in their many malls where you can see and try lots of different Filipino food. I was always on the hunt down for my favorite Kinilaw and found it in most food courts and on most menus wherever I went.

        Since we’re talking Filipino food I’d also like to give a shout out to my other favorite Filipino dish which is Bicol Express, an amazing stew of finely diced pork cooked in a stock of coconut milk, shrimp paste with plenty of garlic and onions. Super heavenly, deeply habit forming and so satisfying over a mound of hot rice. These days I’m vegan but for anyone still carnivorous, these two dishes are not to be missed in the Philippines.

        • says

          Thanks Colleen, your descriptions make me want to catch the next flight to the Philippines. When I was in the Philippines I also fell in love with Bicol Express. Have you ever tried to make a vegetarian version of Bicol Express? I guess the sauce wouldn’t taste the same without shrimp paste, but the rich coconut cream would still be amazing stewed with mixed vegetables.

          BTW, yesterday I enjoyed high quality durian, it was magical – it was really like eating sweet butter!

  7. says

    Great Post. We’ve sometimes traveled to specific towns just because they were famous for a certain dish. Some people eat to live and others live to eat. It’s a lot of fun to be the latter.

    • says

      Fully agree Alex, and cool to hear that you also have traveled to towns just for the dish they do best. There’s nothing like taking a journey with food at the finish line.

  8. says

    What a great list! The only item I would add is lampredotto (tripe sandwich) from the central market in Florence. If you like tripe it’s well worth the 3 euros plus the flight to Italy.

  9. says

    What an incredible list of foods around the world. The funny thing is that I have actually travelled to places (or should I say back to places) for specific foods. I’d enjoy a nice plate of Jalebi right now :) Thanks for the feature Mark!

  10. says

    I was feeling hungry before I read this post, but it was a little early for lunch. But NOW, I am wanting so much more than my pantry can provide. Not fair!

  11. says

    This post makes me hungry! I totally agree on your Georgian selections, I had no idea how amazing Georgian food is until we stumbled into a small, local restaurant in Tbilisi and randomly ordered off the menu- everything was amazing. So was the local wine :)

    • says

      That’s great to hear Taryn, thanks for sharing. Before organizing this post, I knew just about nothing about Georgian cuisine, but now I’m ready to go there and explore the delicious cuisine. Did you have any favorite dishes you ordered at the restaurant in Tbilisi?

  12. says

    Hey Mark!! Ah so yummylicious post! It’s so difficult to choose only 33. There are so many more. Glad to see an Indian thali making it here. :)

    Bon apetit!

    • says

      Hey Nisha, thanks for the comment! I agree, 33 is a small number when talking about food on the global scale. This is merely a beginning to the diverse and wonderful range of dishes around the world. I know for sure, there are hundreds of things worth traveling to eat just in India alone! Besides thali, any other Indian dishes you’d recommend?

    • says

      Haha, well, glad you found Cailin who is also in love with these amazing potato wedges. It really is often the simple dishes cooked perfectly that are the best!

  13. says

    My mouth is watering right now! I like that you included non-traditional foods… many of them I had no idea existed.

    I will add:
    -Fish tacos in Ensenada, Baja California. Mexico
    -Chicken empanadas in Salta, Argentina

    • says

      Hey Pamela, thanks for adding your delicious choices. Baja California fish tacos sound incredible right now, as do chicken empanandas from Salta. Apart from being chicken, were they similar to #24 Salteñas from Bolivia?

  14. says

    Millefeuille…hmmm! What a distracting post to read before lunchtime! There’s a few things here that I am yet to try, but since discovering new foods and tastes is one of my favourite parts of travel, hopefully it won’t be long!

    • says

      Hey Liv, thanks for leaving a comment on this post. Really glad to hear that tasting food has become one of your favorite parts of travel, and I hope you can tackle this list soon!

    • says

      Hi Mohit, glad you enjoyed this post and thanks for sharing. I know Indian Samasas are great, but have you ever tried a South African samoosa?? You might never know until you taste it!

    • says

      Cool, thanks so much Audrey! I agree with you, isn’t that sandwich spectacular looking? I think it’s been years since I’ve had such a perfect sandwich like that.

  15. says

    Amazing post, thanks for sharing but I now have you to blame for my tastebuds popping like candy LOL.

    This has given me an idea for a post on my site. If that’s OK with you? And of course I’ll be linking it back to you.

    I’d want to travel all around asia/malaysia sampling street foods and hopefully make friends with locals who invite me into their home for home cooking – we can all dream eh?

    • says

      Hey Debs, of course that’s alright!

      Traveling around Asia and Malaysia sampling all kinds of food is a great great idea. Learning about some of the dishes and how to cook them, and learning the culture through cuisine is a wonderful passion to follow. Keep up the motivation and you can pursue your dream.

      I’m really looking forward to seeing your post!

  16. Mark says

    WoW! Just made me travel the whole world JUST to eat!
    and the #32 .It is just Ethiopian food. it has nothing to do with Kenya. Ethiopian food is one of the most exotic one, and really tasty.

    I didn’t see any hungarian food. I would travel to Budapest to eat :)

    • says

      Hi Mark! I agree with you, I originally included Kenya because of the large population of Ethiopians in Kenya and the place where I’ve eaten Ethiopian food continually. Ethiopian cuisine really is one of the world’s most flavorful cuisines and the communal eating culture is just outstanding! Do you have a favorite Ethiopian dish? Or Hungarian dish?

  17. says

    I lived in Japan for three years and never tried two of the Japanese dishes on this list: the Kobe beef because I chose to have an apartment instead and the blow fish because all of my Japanese friends kept telling me it’s not worth it and I’d be better off having squid sashimi instead. I still believe they were right (the squid is amazing), but I wish I’d tried it once. And I will someday.

    As for the ramen: definitely. Personally, I prefer the tonkotsu (pork stock) version from Fukuoka, but you really can’t go wrong with any style of ramen in Japan. Unfortunately, it kind of ruins noodle soups in the rest of Asia though. After being in Japan, I was unable to eat the stale instant noodles floating in a bowl of dirty oil mixed with a bit of water they serve at most places in China.

    And while I love Bibimbap and it was my go to in Korea as well (in large part because it was the first dish I learned how to read), if I found myself in Korea long enough for just one meal, I would go with the barbeque.

    • says

      Fugu is definitely a delicate flavor and I don’t think it’s worth it unless you eat it specifically in Shimonoseki. I know a lot of people eat it expecting it to be an explosion of foodgasm, but it’s true beauty, like many things in Japan, are on the subtle side :)

      And I am totally with you on the ramen thing. People here go nuts about what kind of ramen is best, and having roots in Yamaguchi Prefecture (near Fukuoka), I say tonkotsu all the way!!

      • says

        It’s just incredible to think about the passion and the expertise that goes into Japanese cuisine, and as you put it, it’s not a foodgasm but a subtle culinary pleasure – and I know for sure it’s as fresh as possible and prepared with acute precision (how it has to be given the danger of such a fish)!

        I’m 1/2 Chinese and my grandfather migrated to Hawaii when he was in teenager. He was a chef all his life and my mother tells me that he was one of the only chefs in Honolulu (at one point) that was officially certified to prepare pufferfish.

    • says

      Hey Daniel, I appreciate you sharing, I know you’ve got a lot of dining experience, especially around Asia. How does the price for a meal of Kobe beef compare to eating a meal of fugu? Though I’ve never been to Japan, I’d really like to try it, probably its part thrill?

      Thanks for your ramen recommendation. I really hope to make it to Japan myself one day and try a few of the many varieties!

  18. says

    This post reminded me of when I went to an Ethiopian restaurant in Seattle and thinking “I need to go to Ethiopia for the food.” It’s going to happen.

    Thanks for having me, Mark!
    It was great to be on such a mouth-watering list!

    • says

      I had some really good Ethiopian food last time I was in Seattle, there’s a pretty good selection. Do you have any Ethiopian restaurants in Japan? Any good? Glad to include you on this list, I know you’re also obsessed with food!

  19. Andre says

    the fact that Tanzanian Pilau/spiced rice didnt make the cut leaves alot to be desired and the focus on fish dishes challenges the need to travel so far for so little

    • says

      Hey Andre, Tanzanian / Zanzibari pilau is one of my favorites as well. Do you have a favorite place to eat it in Tanzania? I also think Zanzibari Mix would be another thing worth traveling to Dar just to eat.

  20. says

    Hooray for Turkey! Of course, I love eating here and eaten my fair share of hamsi and mezes. Looks like there’s lots of places to visit and eat.

    I’d add: Chili Pepper Crabs in Singapore to the list. Makes you want to keep licking your fingers!

    • says

      Hey Joy, all the Turkish food representation is making me want to visit next Hamsi season! Thanks for your addition, that’s a great choice too! Are there any really good Turkish crab dishes?

  21. Sara says

    Hey, what a great list you have there, and nice pictures too.

    But, I’m a little concerned about 32.

    For all the other foods, you specified the names, even though they are unpronounceable to some. Well, the “Ethiopian Meal” in the picture is actually called, “Mahaberawi”, which means a mixture, as all of the different kinds can come separately as one meal, but they’re mixed together.
    Also, why put “Kenya” as the country too? Just because you can find Chinese food in U.S.A., doesn’t mean you have to mention it, right?

    • says

      Hey Sara, thank you for the comment and for the tip, and you’ve got an excellent point which I agree with. I went back to edit the post and only included Ethiopia. Does the term ‘mahaberawi’ include injera on the bottom and all the different dishes on top? and then if you just have a single dish (even if it’s on top of injera) is it called mahaberawi too or by the dish name?

      Thank you for your input, Ethiopian food is a cuisine I absolutely love eating and I’d really love to learn much more about. Do you have a favorite Ethiopian dish?

    • says

      Nicely done Joe, 20 justified and TASTY reasons! #4 is pretty crazy, open just 90 minutes a day and packed in like sardines in red stools… that’s the way to keep demand high!

  22. Pajaree says

    Make me hungry :) Khao Soi and Panang curry are my favorite food too. Come visit Chiang Mai where Khao soi originally from you will love it here.

    • says

      Nice that your favorites are on the list Pajaree! Yes, I’ve been to Chiang Mai just twice and each time I’ve been able to have some really good Khao Soi. Do you have any khao soi restaurant recommendations?

  23. says

    Hey man, great amount of info goin on here and some unbelievable shots!!

    its awesome to see how many of the comments are about Ethiopian food :) People know whats good!

    I think my all my top gotta-have-its would be from Japan, but I am scared to think of them in terms of week by week budgets of life in Thailand. It might be more than a week per meal!!

    Awesome post bro, ill share it. Stay well

    • says

      Thanks man. I think if we take a feasting trip to Japan we’ll have to be responsible – disregard all budget, eat all we possibly can, and worry about the consequences much later on…! The food will be worth it for sure.

  24. says

    Thanks for featuring me, Mark! I haven’t had the chance to read through the whole list yet but looking forward to it when I get back from the road. It all looks delicious :)

    • says

      Hey Laura, thank you for sharing your picks. All three dishes look exceptional, especially that chicken changezi, I can almost taste the spices… and my mouth is indeed watering. We just might have to do a part 2!

  25. says

    Thanks so much for giving me a chance to be a part of such a fantastic post Mark!! Its really amazing to see all the food from so many different places around the world!! The Gujarati Thali features from India apart from the Jalebi’s :)
    Maybe next time you should have 33 foods to try in India, there are so many choices. I was torn between Pav Bhaji, Pani Puri, Samosa, Bhel, Kadhi Chawal, etc… But finally decided to go for a sweet :)

    • says

      Hi Arti, I’m happy to have your Indian food expert input for this post! I’m sure in India there is an endless supply of great things to taste. I can’t wait to visit sometime in the future! I understand… it was so hard to narrow it down to just one food, but you made a great decision!

  26. says

    Great list. Some I have tried, others I would like to.

    Two things I would travel the world for ….Thai green papaya salad (I have a favorite salad maker in Chiang Mai), and Nova Scotia lobster (being from Nova Scotia, they are on the top of my list anytime I head home.)

    • says

      Hi Nancie, I know exactly what you’re talking about with your favorite som tam maker – and though there are so many, that one specific lady / man does it the best! Mmm, Nova Scotia lobster, that is something that should be on my to eat bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

  27. says

    Awesome post! I’d travel for a number of these! And plenty I haven’t had yet. Good to Old Forge pizza in there…very close to my hometown in Pennsylvania.

  28. SK says

    Samoosas? South Africa? No really! South Africa has some excellent food…try the bunny chow or the bobotie or the malva pudding. Samoosas are nice too, but they are not as South African as the others are. Guess some more research was required into this.

    • says

      Thanks for the comment SK, I would love to visit South Africa to sample some of the dishes you mentioned, especially the bunny chow! While traditional dishes are delicious, the foods that are a result of the melting pot with a mix of flavors can also be amazing!

  29. says

    I’ve been travelling for more than five years and I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve only ever eaten seven of these foods! I’d better pull my finger out and start trying more food…

    • says

      Ha, that’s alright Simon, I know for sure you’ve sampled a lot of good things not on this list though too! That’s the beauty of the world we live in, so much diversity and such a mind blowing array of cuisine.

  30. says

    Oh yum – my mouth is watering now. I have to say thought that I think you could find some better food than wedges with chilli sauce and sour cream in Australia. You need some of the great food from New Zealand too – the lamb for example is AWESOME!! Great list though.

  31. says

    Fantastic post! I especially love the quote that starts it all off. I’d have to agree with tagine–especially with chicken and raisins. I’d travel back to Parma, Italy, in a heartbeat for some pumpkin ravioli. Delish!!!

  32. says

    Now, can you just get me a ticket that will let me eat all those dishes? 33 meals in 33 days? You need to start a travel agency, Mark.

    Thanks for including me in this amazing post.

  33. says

    lots of variety there, I’m afraid I’m not very adventurous when it comes to sampling food, reading your list reminds me a lot of reading Thai menus, I would have to pick one of my trusted fall-backs, “Penang Curry “.

  34. Rogel says

    You are missing one place in Southeast Asia, the Philippines.. You’ll be surprised on what my country has to offer to the world in terms of food.

    • says

      Thanks for checking this out Rogel. I visited the Philippines for 2 months a few years back and had a wonderful time sampling all kinds of dishes. I especially fell in love with Bicol Express, and tuyo for breakfast! Do you have a favorite Filipino dish?

  35. says

    Amazing post! It made my mouth water. Pastel de Nata and Salteñas are definitely my favourite on this list here, I would travel the world just to have them. And also I would travel the world for a grandma-styled Tortilla Española (Spanish Omelete).

  36. says

    What a great way to spend your life! Food photography is not easy, but you’ve done a terrific job. What would I travel across the world for? Last summer we went to Cornwall,UK, and I fell in love with scones and clotted cream, topped with fruit preserves. I also loved the Cornish beef pasties. You should check them out, there’s a great story and behind the pasty.

    • says

      Hi Patricia, I’m so glad that I was able to include so many different food bloggers who are all wonderful photographers. A fresh scone topped with clotted cream is definitely comforting, especially with some tea on the side. I’ve never had a Cornish beef pasty, I’d love to try one. Thanks for your recommendations!

  37. says

    Wow, what a great list compilation of foods from around the world. My mouth was watering just looking through the pictures and reading the description. I enjoyed reading this post so much. I’m glad you enjoyed the Thali from India (never ending servings of lentils, rice, breads and curries). What a way to dine. I didn’t know they South Africans make their own version of Samoosas. That’s pretty cool. Have to try that if I ever get to go there.
    I also love to try different cuisines and cook various kinds of dishes. I’m a big foodie too. I especially love trying the desserts all around the world. I find it intriguing how every culture has their own version of a certain type of dessert like doughnuts and/or puddings. Each culture adds their own spices and ingredients into one basic recipe and makes it their own. I just love it.

    While you were traveling in India, did you try any desserts such as jalebi, payasm, halwa or sweet lassis?

    • says

      Hi Jahnavi, thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, glad you enjoyed reading this post. I actually have never been to India, it’s a country I want to visit probably the most. But I know Derek, the guy who nominated thali absolutely loves India (and I know I will too when I visit). The closest I’ve come is Sri Lanka and Burma, and I was able to get some amazing thali there too, but never directly from India!

      I agree with you about desserts (even though I’m not a huge sweet tooth), I do enjoy sampling a few sweets everywhere I go. One thing that’s so interesting to me is the way people around the world eat desserts – for instance in the US desserts are often eaten as an after meal treat, they are often light and fluffy, in Thailand desserts are often eaten as a snack or even a full small meal – quite a bit denser and heavier. There are so many of these kinds of differences around the world with desserts.

      When I visit India I’ll be sure to sample all the desserts you recommend!

    • says

      I’m totally with you – it’s a challenge to choose just a single dish – each country and each city around the world has something worthy of traveling to eat. I hope this list will be inspirational for people to get out there and explore all kinds of local cuisines from around the world.

  38. says

    Mark, this is such a GREAT idea! Awesome how you were able to collaborate with so many food bloggers around the globe in putting this together, and I’m truly highly honored that you included me in the set. Huge mahalo!

    Picking dishes I”m particularly interested in “traveling halfway around the globe just to eat” that others suggested, I SO wanna’ try the Troll King Salmon in Seattle, Truffle Extravagance in Italy, and the Madagascar Vanilla Millefeuille in France. I’m willing to bet they’re probably all up there as the “best things I’d ever had”.

    • says

      Hey Pomai, great to have your input in this article as well, and I’m so grateful for all the other food / travel bloggers that were willing to contribute to this article – wouldn’t have been possible without them.

      Those are some other good choices you mentioned, I’ve never had any of those before!

  39. says

    For easy, sweet, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness, if I could afford the plane ticket, I’d be just now in Sanford, North Carolina where I’d go to Jackson Brothers’ Produce Market on Jefferson Davis Highway (South US 1/15/501) to buy a bushel of just-picked “Silver Queen Corn”! Only slightly cooked in boiling salted water and paired with boiled & chilled shrimp-in-the-shell, you can’t get any better for sheer food satisfaction!

    • says

      Fantastic Suzanne, and precise directions to go with it! I can’t say I’ve ever had that combination, but from descriptions, it sounds delicious, simple and fresh!

  40. says

    Great post!
    I lived in Spain for two years. I think that a good tortilla española or a paella are worth traveling for. Basically, the Spanish culture lives for food and socializing with it. Tapas tapas tapas tapas ole!

  41. Pamela says

    I would travel to Tokyo for teppanyaki, to Slush Bajia in Nairobi, Kenya for the best vegetable samosa and the best bhajias, to any home in Kenya for fresh hot Kenyan chai, to Diamond Plaza in Nairobi for yummy Indian food, to Muhammad’s in Dar for East African BBQ and sauces, to Honolulu for Korean BBQ, poke, and delicious eats.

    • says

      Hmmm, I would love to travel for all those same exact things you mentioned… we must be related! I was thinking about Muhammad’s the other day, I want some of that asap!

  42. Zara says

    Hey.. You should definitely visit India..you will fall in love with the food.. If youre a fan of street food or spicy-tangy food..do try out the following .. It comes from a big foodies heart.. Pyaaz ki kachori.. Sev puri, bhel puri, pav-bhaji…choley-kulchey, chinese bhelpuri, alloo chaat ( fried potatoes mixed with indian spices) pani-puri, raj-kachori.. From south india you should definitely try masala dosa.. Idli sambhar.. With coconut chutney) and garlic chutney. I can go on and on about the food! There is no fullstop.
    Sweets : you should try kulfi-falooda, gulab jamun, rasgulla, ghevar!

    Every foreigner should try out the above listed stuff for a truly amazing indian food experience! :))

    • says

      Hey Zara, thank you for all those wonderful recommendations. I can’t wait to travel to India, I think I may go a little crazy trying everything I can. I know India is one of the best food destinations in the world, and I’m hoping to visit soon. Again, thanks for all these suggestions, I will try all of them!

  43. says

    Seriously can’t wait to start our backpacking trip so I can try all these foods!!! Only 25 more days to go before I’m testing out the Japanese foods listed here!

  44. says

    Love most of them! tottally agree with tagine in Morrocco and everything from Turkey, their food is great. But i have a question for you: Have you been to Peru? If not, you must try the ceviche, causa, carapulcra and lomo saltado. I’m sure you’ll love them!

    • says

      Hey Maria, thanks for sharing. I was in Peru about 5 years ago and I did thoroughly enjoy the cuisine – ceviche and especially arroz con cabrito was my favorite. I also think I had some of the best roasted chicken (pollo a la brasa) I’ve ever had in my life – I still dream about it sometimes! I think I might need to make another food traveling list!

  45. says

    Wedges with sweet chili and sour cream is one of my favourite things since I moved to Oz!! I miss it every time I go home to Canada for a visit! I also adore Aioli, something I was introduced to in Australia as well!

  46. says

    This is quite a list, Mark! A lot of dishes from the east.
    I’d nearly stayed in Spain for the food and I’d get on a plane to India and Thailand for the same reason. I’d travel to Jamaica, where I’m from, for a lot of different dishes: ackee and saltfish with festival come to mind, a great bowl of “mannish water” soup, curried goat with rice and peas and definitely escoveitch fish.

    • says

      Thank you very much for sharing Marcia. Those Jamaican dishes you mentioned all sound fantastic – I’d love to fly to Jamaica especially for that goat curry, sounds fantastic!

  47. Gian Franco says

    Dude wth? what about Peru?? there are some many dishes in Peru that are WAY better than stuff u’ve mentioned….

  48. says

    You have clearly forgotten about Venezuelan arepas! The most delicious sandwich ever must have just slipped your mind, but it’s OK…I forgive you! 😛

  49. says

    Mark, great post. The peppery Kuay Jap (spelling?) in Yarowat is superb and I’d go back just for that. The Japanese dishes you mentioned are great however I’d take a plate of Toro Tuna belly over Fugu any day. Please try Kinryu Ramen in Osaka on Midosuji. It’s worth an air ticket.

  50. says

    I love your blog and I think it’s awesome ^_^

    You write beautifully and I look forward to read more on your adventures :)

    More power to you! ^_^

  51. says

    I had to leave half way through reading this post to go to the supermarket to find something to eat…I was so disappointed to find nothing that could match these dishes. Great post very details! Took me a while to figure out that the image for the dish was above the titles (I would have expected it to be below), but thank god for the captions pointing me in the right direction :)

      • Rob M says

        Hey Mark, yes agreed, I am a Pho fanatic however so very biased when it comes to this delicious warm, noodly, beef stocky Vietnamese soup.. throw in the lime, beansproats, slices of red raw onion, mint leaves, and then if so desire the fresh chopped red chilli. I usually add the spicy stuff half way down so I get a bit with and a bit without. I also must the chilli sauce/paste and Hoi Sin type sauce in little dishes separate, so to dip the strips of rare beef into from time to time, then slurp up the noodles and broth…. It’s food porn, food heaven. Number one comfort food.

        I like your videos by the way. There is just too much food out there to try in one lifetime isn’t there!

        Cheers, Rob

  52. says

    – Churrasco/Parrillada, from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Grilled meat seasoned with lots of sea salt. Traditionally made by passing a steel spike trhough the meat and placing it vertically on the ground.
    – Bottariga from Sardinia (Italy): Spaghetti topped with fish roe. My favourite dish among all.
    – Acarajé from Brazil: fried buns made of black eyed peas flour, filled with shrimp, ocra and cassava paste.
    – Maybe the most exotic one – Maniçoba, from Marajó, Brazil. Rice with Poisonous Cassava leaves (must cook them for 8 days or it’s fatal) and pork meat. It is probably the ugliest plate to look at on earth, but most people who try it has a good impression. Often served with Tucupi, a plant from the Amazonian forest that leaves your mouth dormant.

  53. says

    Hey Mark,

    I’ve been chilling in Southeast Asia for awhile now and I’ve realized that most restaurants dump oodles of MSG into every meal. As a food blogger, how do you deal with this? I have a pretty strong reaction to MSG and could never do what you do. Does MSG not phase you?

    This question has me stumped!


    • says

      Hey Lindsay, yah it’s true that many vendor do use MSG – especially in the pre-made broths – for dishes that are stir fried or made to order I often tell them to omit the MSG and just use salt. That being said, I don’t have any problems eating MSG, I’ve never had any reaction. When I can, I try to avoid it, other than that eat it.

  54. says

    Your pictures and the descriptions are making my mouth water. I’ve only tried a handful of those but the ones I have tried are amazing, Nata Tarts, Meze and I fell in love with truffle after trying a truffled egg sandwich ( i don’t remember its name) at a food festival in Italy many years ago. Scrambled eggs with truffle are now a Sunday brunch favourite.

  55. Shanta says

    Hi mark , love the food pics I am from trinidad lots of wonderful foods from all over the world packed into one tiny island. Just like to say thank for responding to all the comments made that is so thoughtful .Come to Trinidad, we have an awsome carnival with some incredible street food Roti , Bake and Shark just to name a few.Keep up the good work.

  56. Fareen F. says

    Great read! As an avid traveller myself, (Born in Malaysia, migrated to Britain and now living in Kuwait) I’ve found too the most memorable experiences I’ve had, centred around food. Some of the ones worth mentioning:

    Boiled crawfish in Cajun spices, by the bag – Acme Restaurant, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Clam Singgang – at a small stall next to the fish market in Boracay, Philippines. You buy the fresh seafood there and the stall runners will cook them fresh for you, any way you choose!

    Seafood Tom Yum – eaten at a roadside stall in Hat Yai, Thailand

    Strozzapreti (priest choker) Pasta – at the fish market restaurant in Sorrento, along the Amalfi Coast, Italy

    And of course I have to add this: My mum’s Nasi Lemak, eaten steaming hot and washed down with a tall glass of iced ‘kopi’ (coffee). Yums! (Love the description in your article. Makes me want to make some for dinner now)

  57. John says

    Two hot pot and two Georgian dishes but only one from Mexico? For shame! Could’ve used some mole or Oaxacan tamales or something.

    Great list, though!

    • says

      Thanks John! This is definitely not an exhausted list, there are just so many awesome things to eat around the world. I agree with you though, many Mexican foods are insanely delicious!

  58. says

    At first I was disappointed that you did not include any Peruvian dish on your list (being the culinary capital of South America doesn’t mean much to you apparently). But then I remember that you have a plate of curries on number 8, so yeah… “Teach a monkey how to use a computer and you might have a list of 33 Foods Worth Traveling Across the World Just to Eat”. Lol

  59. says

    It was a real treat to read your third 33 plus dishes – and I understand that you would travel around the world for each one of them! It is easy to see that you love the Turkish, Japanese and Chinese cuisine a lot. But how come that Spain, Austria and Germany for example to not seem to exist on your list?

    • says

      Hi Alexander, thank you for reading, I appreciate it. For this list, I asked other travel bloggers what they thought, and this was the outcome. I know European countries have great food too, but since this list is only 33, just couldn’t include everything. I’ve spent a little time in Europe, but hoping to go in the future again to really explore the food more. Where are you from? What other dish would you add to this list?

      • says

        That is true, 33 dishes is a very limited number.
        To add to the variety I would suggest one of the famous fondues from Switzerland, an apple strudel from the end that in Austria, Gulyas from Hungary and Rheinischer Rimderbraten from the west of Germany.
        To answer your last question:
        IEM European, born near Hamburg in Germany. :-)

  60. says

    Hi Mark, maybe you should add Rendang to the list :)
    it is one of world’s 50 best foods by CNN Travel (first rank)
    a must eat food if you visit Indonesia :)

  61. Heather S says

    South Indian thali!!! I’ve had Gujarati, Goan, and Odishan thalis, but nothing beats a good Udupi thali. Its the perfect blend of sweet from the coconut milk and spicy with lots of fresh vegetables. Mmm.

  62. Tom says

    This seems focused on foods largely from the third world other than USA and Japan ad maybe S. Korea. What about Italy Spain, Greece and other parts of Europe?

  63. Vincent says

    Hey Mark! I want to start of by saying that your videos have inspired me to travel to eat! If I can recommend a food item to eat, it has to be Sizzling sisig from the Philippines! It’s made of pig’s face and liver (sounds insane. I know), but it tastes amazing! the combination of it’s tangy flavour and crunchy texture makes it a food to remember. Next time you fly to the Philippines, consider going to Pampanga, where the Sizzling Sisig was born and try the dish! Partner it with rice (or just about anything else really) and I assure you that you won’t regret it!

    • says

      Hey Vincent, thank you for leaving a comment, and so happy to hear that you love to travel to eat as well! Yes, I’ve never had sisig from Pampanga, but it’s an amazing dish, would love to try it from there. Thank you for the suggestion!

  64. says

    Great post! My absolute favorite is white pepper crab in Singapore, I can’t think of anything I would rather eat. I go out of my way to connect there and stop by my favorite restaurant (which is filled with locals)
    I’ve also hear Shanghai crab is one of the best delicacies in the world, and only available for a few weeks a year.
    My oddball favorite is Thai fried tarantula in Cambodia. Just like soft-shelled crab… but hairy.

    • says

      Hey Brad, cool thanks for sharing… oh man pepper crab, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. I haven’t ever tried a tarantula, sounds wonderful!

  65. trish lambert says

    None of your reviewers travelled to new Zealand then?? We are world recognised for our tender Lamb, and,Island nation that we are- our wealth of seafood-especially mussels, huge, sweet and juicy green lipped mussels, and also crayfish- like lobsters but without claws. Then there are Whitebait fritters, seasonal delicacy to die for, and Paua fritters- an abalone like shell fish, -oh and I nearly for got our unique Bluff Oysters-huge and melt in the mouth. And what about Hangi-traditional Maori feast- Meat-pork, chickens,mutton, and vegetables steamed to perfection with a hint of woodsmoke, in an earth oven underground. For street food, try a meat pie-melt in the mouth pastry filled with various meat fillings and just big enough for a fast lunch-try steak and oysters or mushrooms, bacon and egg,or a local favourite, mince and cheese.
    Come on down, folks,

  66. Mary says

    My mission in life: eat at all of these places that you have hear. Glad to see representation of China’s hotpot! My parents are from that region of China and it really is amazing!! Since I’m living in the USA, I should try some of the places we’ve got here too, eh?

    Thanks for all of your posts, Mark. You are awesome!

  67. says

    Mark, I love your post so much. It’s great. I suggest you should add “Pho” – rice noodle soup with beef or chicken from Vietnam in this list. Vietnam is also a good paradise.

    Yummy! You make me hungry. Haha.

  68. says

    Great post! Your selection of food gives insight into your personality too..can’t wait to try all that I haven’t yet tried.. as for those I’ve tried, couldn’t agree more !:D

  69. James says

    You mentioned the fat melts in kobe beef. Check out Crispy Pata in the Philippines sometime. They boil a pig’s leg the day before, then cook it in a fire pit slowly over several hours. The skin ends up crispy and the fat turns into liquid gold. Amazing!

  70. George says

    Honestly… I dont want to bash on the Anglo-cuisine, but its a bad joke that anything of US/English cuisine would EVER be considered “gourmet”, or even good food.

  71. Seb Lewis says

    Great List. I am from South Africa and I wholeheartedly agree about World of Samoosas, best I’ve ever had.

    Another note, I lived in Thailand for a little over a year and my favourite meal was Khoa Soi. While the Khoa Soi’s made in Chang Mai are amazing. The best Khoa Soi I have ever had was at a small restaurant in Kathu, Phuket (I am not sure of the name we just called it Khoa Soi), almost any foreigner living there knows about it! The restaurant is only open at lunch times and sometimes not at all. Its the thing I miss most about living there!!

    • says

      Hi Seb, great to hear from you, thank you for sharing your recommendations. Wow, I haven’t heard of the khao soi in Phuket, I’ll keep an eye our for it next time I visit.

  72. Benson says

    Great posts. I noticed Sherman’s Deli made the list. Next time, try the Beef’N Latkas – it is corned beef, pastrami or brisket with potato pancakes replacing the bread and cole slaw. You will love it. Here are some of my suggestions that left a lasting impression.

    1. Katz Deli, New York, NY – Reuben or brisket sandwhich.
    2. Richardsons, Phoenix, AZ – Relleno platter or carne adovada..
    3. Kau Kee, Hong Kong – Brisket noodles or curry brisket noodles.
    4. Tai Cheong Bakery, Hong Kong – Egg tarts.
    5. Kam’s Roast Goose, Hong Kong – Roast goose.



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