One of the most exciting things about exploring a new country and culture is the food. For food fanatics it is the most important part of the trip. Learning new ways to combine flavours, enjoying new textures and even trying new things that you may not like is a great way to spend your vacation.
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Here are the ultimate holiday destinations for food fanatics
Manila is the capital city of the Philippines and it is a fascinating place to explore Filipino food. You can eat at everything from street food to five star restaurants. Some popular dishes to try are adobo (marinated chicken or pork), chicken inasal (a grilled chicken dish) sinigang (soup or stew with a combination of sour and savoury ingredients) and pancit (a noodle dish made with vermicelli style noodles).
For a tasty treat be sure to try Halo-halo; a desert made with shaved ice, evaporated milk, and a variety of other ingredients.
Yangshuo is a lovely area in south China that is near Guilin City in the northeast of Guangxi Province. It sits on the lovely Li River and it is bordered on three sides by stunning karst landscape. There are many delectable treats for foodies to savour here.
Beer fish and stuffed Li River shrimp are popular local treats that must be tried. There are also many delightful dishes like hotpots, rice dishes cooked in clay pots, and hand cut noodles served with delectable flavours.
Italians are world famous for their food and the flavours you will find in Sicily will not disappoint. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and you can spend your time here exploring the coastal towns or taking a tour of the many architectural sites and Mount Etna. Once you’ve built up an appetite, you must try the seafood here, especially boiled octopus, sardines or sea urchin served with pasta. The island is also known for its desserts so be sure to order some cannoli and granita siciliana.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is a great place for food fanatics and it is filled with many wonderful flavours. You can try food from all over the world or stick to the authentic local food. Malaysian food is a mixture of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures and the food is incredible.
There are tons of places that are open 24 hours so no matter what time of day you can easily find a bite to eat. Be sure to try pork soup, (buk kat teh) rice dishes like nasi lemak, and one of the wide flat noodle dishes that are served with fresh local vegetables and a mixture of chicken, shrimp, and pork.
Greek food is popular all over the world and it is often described as a blend of Italian and Turkish food. The capital city of Athens is a great place to experience the fabulous cuisine and wine that has been made here for thousands of years. Olive oil, nuts, seeds, basil, oregano, and garlic are common ingredients that are expertly added to locally raised meat, daily catches of seafood, and fresh produce.
Try the tasty dips like tzatziki and taramasalata that are fantastic with pitta bread. Greek cheese is also delicious so be sure to try feta, myzythra, and graviera.
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