Taste for Adventure: 5 Best Places for Food Trips

Whether you are planning a DIY culinary adventure or a food tour with a local travel company, here are some of the best places in the world that should be on your list.

Bruges, Belgium
The charming city of Bruges is not only known for its canals and medieval architecture. It is also famous for its chocolates and beers. Walk along cobbled streets and medieval alleys and make sure to look out for shops that sell some of the best quality Belgian chocolates you will find in the city. Or you can head out one of the local breweries or bars and restaurants where you can grab some of Belgium’s famous beers. Food-themed attractions you might not want to miss in Bruges include the Choco-story, De Halve Maan, and Frietmuseum.

Delhi, India
Delhi Akshardham Temple
India’s diverse culinary scene means you have to travel across the country for the ultimate Indian food experience. But if you have to pick one city, Delhi would be a good place to start. The country’s capital city is famous for its North Indian cuisine and street food scene. There are plenty of dining options to choose from including roadside restaurants or dhabas, cafes, and other food shops. Some of local dishes you need to try include chole bhature, paranthas, and butter chicken among others.

Fes, Morocco
A top cultural destination in Morocco, Fes is a city that boasts not just of attractions that date back to the medieval times. It is also famous for its vibrant food scene. It is a great place to try the best of Moroccan cuisine like the tagine (slow cooked dishes that come in clay cooking pots with conical lids), couscous, briwat (a type of pastry), pastiall (chicken or pigeon pie), shebakia, zaalouk, and mint tea.

Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam is one of Asia’s best food cities with a delightful cuisine begging to be explored. In Hanoi, you can take your pick of the city’s famous and affordable street food tours. Enjoy culinary adventures at the streets and markets where you can eat some of the country’s famous dishes and then some. Must try dishes and treats include the bánh cuốn (steamed pork wraps), bánh mì, bánh xèo, Gỏi cuốn, Phở (Vientamese noodle soup), sinh tố (Vietnamese smoothie made with fruits and condensed milk), Vietnamese egg coffee, and more.

Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong
From dim sums to barbecue pork buns and so much more in between, Hong Kong is teeming with scrumptious foods that you can find in a wide array of places including street food stalls and fancy gourmet restaurants. It is a place for food tours where, either on your own or equally curious groups of people from around the world. Some of the city’s best places for food include Ah Shun’s Kitchen in Cheung Chau, Tim Ho Wan in Sham Shui Po, the dimsum chain Din Tai Fung, and more.

Enjoying the Tastes of Asia at Home

Japanese food

Japanese food

If you love traditional Asian cuisines or dishes inspired by the flavors of Asia, you can enjoy a wide array of the region’s tasty meals right from the comfort of your home. Whether you are looking for a salmon tofu watercress salad recipe or something similar, here are some of the best cookbooks to have if you want to savor the tastes of Asia at home.

1. At Home with Madhur Jaffrey: Simple, Delectable Dishes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka By Madhur Jaffrey
This cookbook makes it easier for everyone who loves Indian cuisine to prepare delicious dishes. It takes a simple approach to Indian cooking and provides insights into the flavors and spices that make for scrumptious meals.

2. Hot Sour Salty Sweet: A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia By Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
Explore the flavors of Southeast Asia as you work your way through the recipes the authors shared. From Thai dishes to Vietnamese cuisine and more, you can experience the region’s unique flavors.

3. Japanese Soul Cooking: Ramen, Tonkatsu, Tempura, and More from the Streets and Kitchens of Tokyo and Beyond by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat
With more than 100 recipes, Japanese Soul Cooking takes you on a flavorful culinary journey of Japan without leaving your home. It provides you with simple and step-by-step recipes to choose from to enjoy soulful and mouthwatering Japanese dishes and treats anytime you want.

4. Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook by Maangchi
Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking is your go-to source of recipes for home-cooked traditional Korean dishes. You can take your pick of recipes that range from simple fares that only require a few ingredients to more elaborate meals that would rival the ones you will find in Korean restaurants.