Thursday, September 8, 2016

Around the World in 80 Plates

I traveled the world in search of the best food on a modest budget from April 2015 to September 2016. Out of 26 countries in just over 500 days, these were the best and most memorable in order of the country visited on the trip:

Hawaii, United States
White fish, capers, sweet Maui onion, and creme fraiche on toast - Kimo's (Maui)
South Korea
Fried chicken with pickled radish
The Philippines
Halo-Halo: creamy shaved ice, beans, ice cream, gelatin, etc 

Skewer of pickle, sausage, cheese, and marshmallow

Balut: fertilized duck egg with salt and vinegar

Bangus Sisig: milkfish sauteed with onion, chiles, and calamansi

Laing: taro leaves in coconut milk with chiles

Lechon: roast pig on a bamboo spit

Pork Sisig: pork ears and face sauteed with onion, chile and calamansi

Pulled pork belly sandwich with slaw and fried egg & Chocolate Hills Porter - Refinery (Manila)

Suman Moron: rice flour and coconut sweet with chocolate

Grilled quail eggs wrapped in bacon yakitori - Tambai (Manila)

Tortang Talong: eggplant fried with egg, onion and peppers

Grilled mussels with butter and cheese

Hokkien Mee: stir-fry of noodles, egg, pork, prawns, and squid

Kobe beef roll with imported sake

Laksa: spicy rice noodle soup with coconut, fish, and fried tofu
Roti Pisang: fresh buttery flatbread with bananas

Curry Mee: spicy curry soup with noodles, sambal, egg, chicken, fish balls, potato, and green beans

Roti Cannai: fresh flakey flatbread served with chicken, dahl, and fish sauces - Nagasari Curry House (Kuala Lumpur)

Chicken sizzler with buttery gravy over rice

Mo-Mos: dumplings that can be found with a variety of fillings and sauces

Stuffed chicken with butter, garlic, and potato puree

Dal Baht: steamed rice and lentil soup, often accompanied by a curry and a vegetable

Peanuts with cucumber, tomato, onion, green chile, and parsley - The Lemon Tree (Pokhara)

Set menu of samples of too many foods to list; just go there and eat!

Fresh watermelon seasoned with salt and black pepper

Murgh Hazavi Kabob: marinated chicken with yogurt, cilantro and mint - The Nawabi (Bangalore)

Bun Cha: grilled pork and white rice noodle soup with fresh herbs

Thanh Long (or "dragon fruit") by itself or in a smoothie

Morning glory sauteed with garlic and chiles

Nem Cua Be: crab, pork, and vegetable spring rolls

Nem Ran: fried spring rolls with pork, shrimp and mushroom

Pho: beef and linguine noodle soup with fresh basil and bean sprouts

Pineapple Chicken: sweet and sour fried chicken, pineapple, onion, tomato, and chiles

White Rose Dumplings: rice paper, ground shrimp, and toasted garlic - Morning Glory (Hoi An)
Stuffed Squid with pork, shrimp, and wood-ear mushrooms - Morning Glory (Hoi An)

Scallops with peanut sauce

Chinatown spicy seafood soup

Seafood Curry

"Maine Lobster Salad" with frozen red curry - Sra Bua (Bangkok)

Nut cake with salted ice cream and frozen icing crumbles - Sra Bua (Bangkok)

Lotus root chip with horseradish cream - Sra Bua (Bangkok)
Duck confit with fried potatoes

Eggs Benedict - Laduree (Paris)
Monkfish, squid, and spinach stew - Le Saveur du Poisson (Tangier)
Chicken tagine with potatoes, green beans, and olives - Restaurant Al Mamoun (Casablanca)
Croquetas: bechamel fritters, usually ham or chicken

Tapas y Jerez: Sherry wine with small bar snacks

Fabada Asturiana: traditional fava bean stew with pork and blood sausage

Patatas Bravas: fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and alioli

Baked imported provolone with tomato, olive oil, black pepper, and oregano - Casa Gonzales (Madrid)

Pulpo a la Gallega: boiled octopus and potatoes with sea salt and paprika

Surf and Turf Sandwich: pork belly confit, shrimp and sweet potato bread) - A Cevicheria (Lisbon)

Carne de Porco a Alentejana: clams and pork with garlic, parsley and fried potatoes

Quejo de Azeitao (sheep milk cheese) with peanuts and Vinho Verde - Lisbon Winery (Lisbon)

Irish Breakfast at Sr. Maura's home in Roscommon

United Kingdom
Banoffee Pie: bananas, cream, and toffee

English Breakfast

The Monster Dog: bockwurst, chilli, melted cheese with craft beer - Draft House Tower Bridge (London)

Scallops in butter - Old Port Bar (Port Askaig, Islay)

Cacio e Pepe: spaghetti, black pepper, Pecorino Romano cheese

Polpette: Chicken meatballs with parsley sauce and arugula - Ristorante L'Arcangelo (Rome)

Pizza con i fiori di zucca: Roman white pizza with squash blossoms and anchovies

Pizza alla Napoletana - Roman pizza with tomatoes, olive oil, and anchovies

Cannolo: pastry with whipped sweet ricotta filling - Dulcis (Milan)

Fresh mozzarella filled with gorgonzola - Corti Abbadesse (Milan)

Potato gnocchi with tomato, cream, and parsley - Il Latini (Florence)

Scallopini Balsamico: veal in balsamic reduction - Ristorante Bucaneve (Pievepelago)

Pastry with white and dark chocolate filling and cappucino

Bigoli con crema di fagioli e pancetta croccante - Osteria Ai Scarponi (Padua)

Paprikas Csirke: braised chicken in paprika with noodles - Seasons Bistro (Budapest)

Fried Camembert in breadcrumbs with blueberry sauce - Pozsonyi Kisvendeglo (Budapest)

Roast veal in gravy with fried potatoes

Sausage stew with peppers and onions
Kebab platter with pide, charred tomatoes and yogurt

Tavuc Gogsu: creamy chicken breast pudding with cinnamon and ice cream

Manti: lamb dumplings with sumac, yogurt, and red pepper sauce

Takoyaki: battered octopus balls with ginger, green onion, and bonito flakes

Ramen: wheat noodles in broth with pork and miso

No comments: