Eat Your Way Around The World
Updated: Mar 5, 2021
No matter where your cruise takes you, there are delectable, unique and delicious foods just waiting for you to enjoy, taste and EAT! Here are 15 fantastic foods from different countries around the world:
#1 Peking Duck - China
If you’re already a lover of duck dishes, it won’t take much convincing for you to give this a try when traveling in its native homeland, China. Peking Duck has been served since the imperial era and hails from the original capital, Peking (now Beijing). Known for its crispy skin and tender meat, the dish is usually carved and plated hot in front of diners.
#2 Nasi Goreng - Indonesia
This is NOT your average fried rice. Nasi Goreng has often been called the national dish of Indonesia and is voted among travelers as a top dish to try. Coming in a variety of different forms, from street food to elegant dining, you will not tire of this sweet and savory dish. Are you going to try a chicken or prawn Nasi Goreng first?!
#3 Apple Strudel - Austria
Dessert for breakfast? Definitely. Perhaps most popular in Austria, apple strudel can be found in bakeries across Eastern Europe and we are loving the thought of having this for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee.
#4 Fish & Chips - England
Trust us, fish & chips tastes better across the pond! You can find this traditional English dish in nearly every pub across England. Usually served with a side of smashed peas, it goes great with a local English ale.
#5 Poutine - Canada
Nobody does Poutine like Canada. This may not be the most guilt-free dish in the country, but it is certainly one of the most delicious. How could anyone go wrong with fries topped with cheese and gravy? Yes, please!
#6 Paella - Spain
Tortilla for breakfast, paella for lunch. Make sure you plan a siesta (or at least some quality downtime) after you dive into this traditional Spanish dish. We’re confident the seafood connoisseurs will be seriously impressed!
#7 Pho - Vietnam
Yes, we love Pho too. And nothing beats authentic Vietnamese cuisine straight from the source. Spiced specifically to your desire, pair this Vietnamese noodle soup dish with a pickled lemonade to keep you cool during those hot Saigon days.
#8 Taco - Mexico
Popular in America, tacos are still a favorite menu item when traveling to Mexico! Skip the beans and rice and add another taco, because who can actually decide between chicken, carnitas or fish?
#9 Croissants - France
Butter doesn’t count when it’s in a croissant, right? Okay maybe not. But you should still visit a bakery in France. From fresh croissants for breakfast to macaroons for dessert, there is something so perfectly soothing about poking around local bakeries throughout the country. And they’re everywhere!
#10 Portuguese Tart - Portugal
Allow us to introduce you to the Portuguese Tart. Pastel de Nata as they are called locally, these small egg and custard tarts are found around every corner in Portugal. In Lisbon, heading to Belem to try their very own Pastéis de Belem is a must.
#11 Arepas - northern regions of South America
Breakfast, lunch, dinner...late night snack... Arepas are so versatile they can be prepared for any of these meals. Arepas are small corn flour pitas stuffed with a variety of different ingredients including cheese, meat, and veggies. Is your mouth watering yet?
#12 Pizza - Italy
From the birthplace of pizza in Naples to the street vendors in Venice and every city in between, you will find amazing pizza in Italy. Don’t bother straying from the traditional Italian dishes when visiting this beautiful country, each new pizza or pasta dish you order will not disappoint.
#13 Hummus - Middle East
This chickpea spread is so popular throughout the entire Middle East region that several countries have tried to claim it as its place of origin. Wherever it came from, we’ll eat it with every dish while traveling through the region.
#14 Pavlova - Australia
Australia is known so well for its beautiful beaches you probably never even thought about what you would eat there. Well, add this to the list! Pavlova is a meringue-based cake that has a light and crispy crust and a soft center. Usually topped with fruit and whipped cream this is the perfect little dessert after a day in the sun.
#15 Sushi - Japan
Sure, you can get sushi anywhere, but nowhere is it as fresh and delicious as it is in Japan. Buckle up for the adventure because you will find more eel, urchin, octopus and other exotic options in Japan than anywhere else.
Seeing the world from the vantage of luxury cruising gives the traveler a perfect opportunity to savor foods from multiple regions along the way. And there are always sumptuous samplings of these cultural dishes along with good old fashion American cuisine right on board your ship!
About the writer:
Nancy Holmes Ploener is a Luxury Cruise Advisor with Suite Dream Cruises, LLC, an affiliate of Gifted Travel Network- a Virtuoso member agency. She works one-on-one with clients who want to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Her specialty is helping her clients see the world from the vantage of luxury cruising.