Food is a universal language that we all share. No matter what city or country you visit, the love of a good dish transcends the barriers that usually separate us. So many aromatic and delectable savories tickle our taste buds at home, but sometimes it is fun to let our tongues travel to sample new cuisines from exotic places.
Whether you are still stuck at home or if you are making travel plans, we have some delicious delicacies that are sure to tickle your taste buds. If you loved our last list of exotic foods to try, get ready to calibrate your taste buds for a whole new gastric adventure. We have put together a list of the 8 most daring, but palate-pleasing exotic dishes from around the world that you should try this year.
Apfelstrudel – Austria
What better way to start off our culinary journey than with a sweet delight to tease your taste buds. The Apfelstrudel is a well-loved delight from Austria. This pastry is a Viennese apple strudel made from tart, fresh apples and wrapped in a blanket of hand-stretched sweetened pastry dough. After being baked to perfection they are lightly dusted with finely milled powdered sugar to round out the flaky treat. Enjoy it hot on its own, or with a heaping scoop of vanilla gelato for a mouth-watering bite of seasonal bliss.
Beef is a local favorite and international favorite though there are vast differences in the preparation. Churrasco from Nicaragua is a local dish widely loved thanks to not only its taste but also the health benefits it offers. Beef heart is a natural source of healthy fat and good cholesterol. It is also a great dish to serve those who are looking to boost their testosterone levels naturally. Typically this dish is lightly grilled and then sliced thin. Beef heart, Churrasco, is very tender, flavorful, and a true delight for the senses. You will find it plated with local, seasonal vegetables and a light glaze made up of beef juices.
Spanakopita – Greece
Greece probably brings to mind thoughts of beautiful mythic gods lounging around in draped attire. While this is not inaccurate, Greece is also well known for many of its staple dishes. Feta cheese is a tangy favorite for salads and sides, so it may not surprise you that one of the notable dishes from Greece features the ingredient. Spanakopita looks simple, but this delicacy has been around for more than 400 years. It is flaky feta cheese and spinach pie that is a savory lover’s dream. The soft tang of the cheese blends perfectly with the earthy notes of the spinach. When these two are wrapped in a flaky buttery crust, the result is an oral explosion that will have you licking your fingers after every bite.
100-Year-Old Eggs – Hong Kong
You probably were wondering when we would shock you with something weird, and of course, we make sure never to disappoint you. It may be strange to think that a mere egg is a delicacy anywhere, but China has mastered the art of the egg making it something truly exotic. The 100-year-old egg is a dish you won’t find outside of China, but it also happens to be one of their most prized delicacies. Of course, each egg is not actually 100 years old, and if it were, we would never suggest that you actually put it in your mouth. This dish is an egg that has been fermented through a special process that takes from two months to 4 months to complete. It is preserved in a special mixture of lime and clay which transforms it into a unique green color. The unique taste may take some getting used to, however people come from all over the world just to sample this local gem.
Deep-Fried Olives – Italy
Let’s take a culinary trip to one of the food capitols of the world- Italy. We know and love pasta already, however, let’s divert from the traditional iconic fare and get a bit more exotic. Some of the best olives in the world come from Italy and you will also be able to enjoy local exotic flavors made out of this tiny fruit as well. Ascoli-Piceno is the birthplace of the deep-friend olive that started out as a small-town favorite that has now grown to enjoy popularity all over the country. From ground-beef-stuffed olives that are dipped in batter and deep-fried to prosciutto-stuffed deep-fried olives serviced with a light sauce, we are sure this is one exotic treat your whole family will love.
Biltong – South Africa
Let’s go on a journey to South Africa where you can find rich culture, welcoming people, and of course, exotic foods. One of the most well-known dishes from South Africa is Biltong. This is basically a type of jerky but amped up with a cultural flair. Biltong is available in a variety of meat types such as beef, ostrich, foul, or even buffalo. The meat is spiced with local spices, then dried and cured for several weeks. It is much saltier than beef jerky found in the US, and also is much more flavorful. You can cut the meat into small bits for a snack to enjoy on the go or add them into stews and bread for an extra punch of flavor. As far as exotic food goes, this is one that you don’t want to miss.
B’stilla – Morocco
If you are in the mood for comfort or if you just want a filling meal that will make you feel at home, this Moroccan dish is sure to hit the spot. B’stilla is a form of pot pie layered in a flaky crust and stuffed with spices, vegetables, and poultry. What sets it apart is that it is usually made with pigeon, which is where it gets the naturally sweet flavor and rich gamey texture that foodies love. You can also find B’stilla made with Cornish hen, chicken, or quail as an alternative. The presentation of B’stilla is as alluring as the dish itself. The round pie is tolled with cinnamon, powdered sugar, and nuts, while the inside is a savory delight that will be a hit with just about anyone who tries it.
Hakarl – Iceland
If you love seafood then the next exotic item on our list may just appeal to your sense of adventure. Instead of letting sharks take a bite out of you, enjoy them in the traditional style of Iceland instead. Hakarl is an Icelandic delicacy that is popular locally and worldwide. This dish is made up of shark meat that has been salted, dried, and aged for as long as six months. While fermented shark is not everyone’s idea of a good time, if you are feeling brave and like to try new things, this is an exotic treat you would be foolish to pass up.
Taking You To Distant Lands Through Culinary Delights
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