Food is a universal, it is an essential part of life, it sustains us. Food hits all of our senses: sight, taste, touch and smell. But food is so much more powerful than that. Food defines peoples, cultures, regions. Food is a unifier that brings people together and creates community.
Travel and food are married at the hip. Travel is discovery. Whether it’s far away or close to home, travel is all about discovering new places, seeing famous sights, trying that new sport, meeting new peoples, and, sitting atop all this is experiencing the food! Some of our fondest travel memories center around food. Think about the stories you bring back and tell your friends when you return from a journey. You share how you ate sat on a Dubrovnik castle wall and ate stewed mussels; How you dined under the stars in a Moroccan desert; how you were invited to join an Iranian family that was picnicking in a park; Or how you became the hero-of-heroes but introducing fellow youth hostelers to the joys of PBJ! These are the memories that define our trip.
We asked our team at Meaningful Trips to give their one, most favorite travel food. Not an easy task. Here is what we came up with:
Joe – PULPO A LA GALLEGA, Galicia Spain.
This is a traditional dish from Galicia in the north of Spain. Pulpo is octopus and the dish consists of grilled octopus served with sliced cooked potatoes, smoked paprika and olive oil. I had this dish twice while bicycling along the Camino de Santiago. Its Heaven-on-a-plate! When I am sitting on a bumpy bus or long train ride with other travelers, or meeting anyone from Spain… THIS is the dish I mention as my favorite dish in all my world-travels.
Anna – MISO NIKOMI UDON, Nagoya, Japan
I lived in Japan for 3 years. My favorite food while living and traveling in Japan was Miso Nikomi Udon, a specialty dish from Nagoya, Japan. It’s a rustic dish of thick udon noodles stewed in a savory miso broth with various ingredients such as fried tofu (aburaage), fish cake (kamaboko), chicken, and green onions. I would make special journeys out to Nagoya just to have this miso.
Roniq – TURKISH MANTI, Turkey
My fav is Turkish Manti, tiny stuffed dumplings topped a garlic-yogurt sauce. Kind of like a ravioli. Manti are typically stuffed with lamb, but I found a great vegetarian version. If garlic-yogurt is not to your liking, you could try caramelized tomato sauce or brown butter sauce. I fondly remember the simple two-level house-turned-restaurant that had open air terrace upstairs.
Here is a recipe for Turkish Manti from PanningTheglobe.com
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