This article was published on July 19th, 2020
Trying new foods is one of the highlights of travel. Different parts of the world have their own unique dishes, and so many flavors to try from. No matter where you end up in the world, the food will always surprise you.
However, due to the pandemic and stay-at-home orders, most people have canceled their travel plans and en-route to missing some incredible food experiences. The good news is, you can still vacay via your taste buds by indulging in worldwide delicacies from the comfort and safety of your home.
Preparing these meals at home (or ordering in from local specialty restaurants) is a great way to kill some quarantine time while learning more about different cultures. Your taste buds will thank you later.
Food and travel
Why is food such a significant part of any travel experience? What makes it so memorable? For example, you remember the first time you tried a different food even though you might not remember everything else from your trip.
People express themselves through food. Ever heard the expression of “cookies made with love?” Sometimes you can feel it; or it’s just the sugar playing tricks on your mind. Whatever the case, a country’s food, and staples can tell you a lot about their culture.
Take France, for example, the country is famed as a place to experience the finer things in life. Their menu reflects that with exquisite bread, unique meat cuts, decadent desserts, expensive cheese, and some of the world’s best wines.
Elegance runs in every meal.
Food also brings people together. A shared meal provides the perfect platform for learning about each other, discussing ideas, or even as a date. Sharing new food experiences with friends deepens the bond. You’ll 100 percent remember that time you tried sushi, bugs, or hot Asian dishes with friends. The same goes for drinks.
Additionally, you discover foods you’ve never tried before. There are countless dishes you’d never try if you never stepped out of your country. Finding new foods and tastes might be why you return to a country for a second, third, or tenth serving.
Now, strap on your apron and get cooking. Vacay via your taste buds by exploring these international recipes. They’ll transport you to different regions of the world, and indulge your taste buds in the decadent, the strange, or the spicy hot. One thing is for sure. After this, your next trip won’t be the same.
You know, on second thought, fuck the apron. If this were you on the beach, you’d want to tan those cheeks. Letting them jiggle free at home might be the next best option here.
Delish international recipes to try at home
This Mexican dish made with tortilla chips, shredded cheese, black beans, and fried eggs with red or green sauce will blow your taste buds. You can prepare it for dinner or breakfast.
Check out the full chilaquiles recipe here.
Get a unique taste of Sweden with these mouth-watering meatballs. They are made of ground beef, onions, bread, egg, and spices. They are then served in creamy gravy.
Balls…creamy gravy. Oh, never mind. Get the Swedish meatball recipe here.
African chicken (or fish) peanut stew
Now, this meal has a kick to it. Typical of West and East Africa, it’s made with diced chicken, peanut butter (the creamier, the better), chicken broth, chopped peanuts, and a healthy dose of spices.
It’s a delicious cauldron of protein-rich goodness. Here is the African chicken in peanut butter stew recipe.
Thai chicken spring rolls
Looking for some super-healthy options? Try these Thai spring rolls. You can fill the rice paper rolls with different things, from tofu and smoked salmon to mango and avocado if you want a strictly vegetarian option. Put a healthy dose of the spicy peanut sauce. Get the Thai chicken spring rolls recipe here.
Grilled jerk chicken (Jamaican)
Taste cock, Jamaican style. LOL. Use your favorite cut of chicken, marinate in lime juice, garlic, thyme, ginger, habanero sauce, and some sugar. Grill until charred and enjoy with some gravy. Here’s the full grilled Jamaican jerk chicken recipe.
Okonomiyaki (Japanese cabbage pancake)
Okonomiyaki is a tasty pancake made from shredded cabbage, flour, egg, scallions, and then fried on a pan until crispy. Eat it with a sprinkle, or healthy drizzle of mayo, bonito, etc. Get the okonomiyaki recipe here.
Sabich pita sandwiches with spiced chickpeas
The name is a mouthful, but the dish is heavenly. You can use alternative condiments, focus on the main ingredients: eggplant and spicy chickpeas characteristic of Middle Eastern recipes.
Get the sabich with spiced chickpeas recipe here.