After years of exploring the world, I’ve come to realise that one of the greatest aspects of travelling is the food. After all, I’m called Eat Stay Love Life for a reason! When you’re pushing your limits in terms of your travelling capabilities, it can often be easy to find comfort in food that you’re familiar with… but where’s the fun in that? I’ve made it my mission to try some of the most unique cuisines in the world, and these are my top 7.
American food is everywhere nowadays, and it’s hard to travel anywhere without bumping into a Burger King or a McDonald’s – although the menus are pretty different across the world. However, Native American is a whole new kettle of fish. Relying on local crops to make their dishes, one of the staples of Native American cuisine is the hopi piki bread, which is a scroll-like mixture of blue corn and juniper tree ashes. It’s pretty tasty, too!
Thanks to Africa’s perfect placement in between America, Europe and Asia, Ugandan cuisine has managed to incorporate cooking styles and practices of all of their neighbours, making for some pretty unique dishes. While most tribes have their own specific dishes, deep-fried grasshoppers are a delicacy across the country, although I think they may be an acquired taste, as 1Cover’s Secret Traveller has called them “chips with brains.” That does sound intriguing…
Scandinavian food in general is pretty unique. From the smorgasbord breakfasts that offer everything from meatballs to potatoes and smoked fish, to their fascination with fermenting EVERYTHING. When the Icelandic people can smoke, pickle or preserve their food in any way, they will – no matter whether it’s a vegetable, or their fermented sleeper shark, called hakarl.
Modern Hawaiian chefs have come on leaps and bounds since original natives roamed the lands, but that doesn’t mean they’ve left their culture behind them. Hawaiian cuisine consists of locals fruits and vegetables, fish, meat, and beans. However, a favorite of the modern Hawaiian people is the Spam musubi, which features a block of rice, topped with a slice of Spam, and wrapped in a piece of nori.
Scotland is overrun with long-standing traditions when it comes to their culture and cuisine. With huge amounts of game in their larders, Scottish people serve up huge portions of the root vegetables, neeps and tatties, alongside their pièce de résistance, haggis. This savoury pudding is made of the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep, all contained within its stomach, and you can find it across the country! Okay, so it doesn’t sound as nice as the British afternoon tea tradition, but I reckon it is something you have to try.
With so many Asian cuisines across the world, it’s hard to imagine that Filipino dishes are much different, but thanks to the Philippines’ history with Spain, Australia, America and Malaysia, Filipino food is a unique mixture of cultures. Although they base many of their dishes around rice, the Filipino people also use food that is easily at their disposal, including fertilised duck eggs, complete with baby ducklings inside.
Located in the mid-Atlantic, the Azores is a hidden gem when it comes to their cuisine. While they survive off their cheeses, their tropical fruit, their soups and their wine, they also bulk up their meals with copious amounts of seafood. The Azorean cracas seafood dish may look like a bunch of rocks, but it actually pretty tasty once you’ve managed to pry the meat out with some dangerous-looking cutlery.
You can’t travel the world without tasting new cuisines – but have you ever tried these unique cuisines from around the world? Or do you know of any other weird and wonderful ones? Would love to hear your experiences.