by Regin Reyno
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.”―
One of the joys of traveling is experiencing other cultures. And, one of the ways we can experience the culture of a country is through its food. Food tells so much about the place and people of a particular country.
Traveling is also an opportunity for us to have a culinary experience.The joy and comfort that it brings; the nutrients and nourishment that it provides-all contribute to our development and well-being, I believe. And nothing beats the authentic ones. For example, Thai food outside of Thailand is so much different. So, when visiting Thailand, it is an opportunity to have the real one-as it is 10x better than that of Thai restaurants outside Thailand; like Jatujak in Manila for example, or Lotus Thai in Beijing.
Two of the travelers I admire and look up to are chef turned TV host and travel writer, Anthony Bourdain and travel and food vlogger/blogger, Mark Wiens. Their travels are so much alive and memorable. One of the main reasons is their appreciation of the food of the place they visit.
In my travels, I always make it a point to eat the local food as much as possible. There are many advantages to that:
- more fresh
- cultural experience
- opportunity to experience the authentic one
So during Tuyok, most of my meals were local food. I’m sharing to you some of my meals in each countries/territories that I visited. Normally, I am an ovo-pesco vegetarian, but whenever I travel, I usually put that aside for me to experience more what the country has to offer.
These some of my favorites: they’re memorable, as they gave me sustenance and energy as well as joy and comfort in my around-the-world journey.
I’m so happy I got the opportunity to experience dishes of other countries around the world. Next time, when you travel, maybe it’s good to skip McDonald’s and have the less expensive, fresher, healthier, tastier version for a more meaningful and memorable travel experience.
(I forgot the names of some of these dishes. So, if you know their names, kindly write them down on the comment section below.)
Which one is your favorite amongst these meals around the world?
This is part of Tuyok