One of the best things about traveling to new places is the food you get to sample along the way. Nibbling snacks can quench the occasional hunger pang while on transit, but nothing satisfies the palate better than a local restaurant recipe that reminds you of a home-cooked meal. Traveling means among other things experiencing and interacting with the place you are visiting. Nothing gives one the true experience of a place than the local recipes.

Below is a list of the best food-joints in the world:

Istanbul, Turkey


If you travel to Istanbul, make sure you stop by Zübeyir Ocakbaşı. It is a great grill and restaurant where they serve Adana Kebabs. These are a combination of lamb and lamb tail-fat, flame grilled with sumac and Aleppo pepper spices.

Bogor, Indonesia


In Bogor Indonesia, the Sundanese feast is served on a mat of banana leaves placed on the ground. Rice is then piled in the center of the mat and finally, all the tangy, tasty dishes are carefully sprinkled around the rice. The meal is the traditional family meal that brings everyone together to the table- this is truly a home cooked meal.

Amman, Jordan


Tawaheen Hawa is a restaurant in Jordan which serves the best Mansaf in the world. It is ideally a tasty blend of rice, lamb and fermented goat milk/ yogurt (jameed).

Jeonju, South Korea


In Jeonju, Lonely Planet serves the best Makgeolli which is an alcoholic brew made using rice and is a Korean favorite. Once you order a kettle of the drink, the waiters serve braised pig feet and live octopus to with it.

Mumbai, India


Gomantak Boarding House Restaurant in Mumbai is famous for Bombil fry. You will be surprised to discover that the famed Bombay Duck Fry is actually a lizardfish. It is best served with Malyani curries.



Daisy’s Dream Kitchen is a restaurant in Singapore offers food that is a combination of Chinese and Malays cooking recipes. The best meal on the menu features The Pangium Edule the locals call it babi buah kelauk. It is a nut cooked in pork that brings out the true flavors of the two cultures.

Muscat, Oman


Mathabi Salah in Muscat is the place to visit if you enjoy camel meat and rice. It is usually served on a metal tray to serve four or five. The meat is cooked till tender and the camel hump will feel like silk in your mouth.

New York City, New York

Eat spicy cumin lamb noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods, located in the basement of the Golden Shopping Mall where they serve the most heavenly hand-pulled noodles. The thick noodles and lamb chops are served with a healthy amount of chili, cumin, and Sichuan pepper.

Hong Kong City, Hong Kong


Kau Kee restaurant is always packed and is famed for their prime brisket noodles and brisket tendon curry. They also serve roast goose that will leave your tastebuds wanting more.

Lisbon, Portugal


Cervejaria Ramiro is renowned for its variety of seafood such as; crab, clam, prawn, oysters and goose barnacles. The restaurant also serves steak sandwiches if you are interested in going on feast-mode.

So there you have it, if you happen to be in one of these cities, make a point of sampling these foods for some of the best meals you will ever have for lasting travel memories.

Happy travels. 🙂



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