Foods Worth Traveling for

The Daily Meal
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Even if we don't always remember the history behind the Colosseum, the significance of the Great Pyramids' configuration, or who built Machu Picchu after returning home from a trip, we can almost always remember what we ate while we were there(Credit: Flickr/Alanosaur).

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Of course, food memories can range from pleasurable to uncomfortable or even mediocre. Judgments aside, though, most of us travelers can agree that the times when we eat during a trip are most often also the times when we feel the most engaged. With all five senses stimulated, we not only see, hear, smell, or even touch a certain place -- we taste it, too.

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Globalization has made sampling delicacies from around the world fairly easy. Most of us don't have to live in the Middle East to sample delicious falafel, or travel to China for near perfect jiaozi. But our list isn't solely about individual dishes; it's about the experience of eating in an authentic context. It's about actually stepping foot in the wood-fired pizza ovens in Naples, the steaming noodle shops of Tokyo, and the bustling cevicherias of Lima. You may be able to recreate a crᅢᆰpe, but you (sadly) will have a difficult time recreating the crepᅢᆰrie that wafts saccharine batter aromas from a Parisian street corner.

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None of these dishes could have been created in a vacuum. They are most often the sum of geography, traditions, necessities, and personal tastes of a given culture. This considered, many of the dishes on our list arguably have multiple homes across several borders, yet we've chosen to bring you the locations where we believe you can find them in some of their purest forms.

In the following five slideshows, we've rounded up 150 different foods that enhance the experience of a given place. Not only do these foods complement a trip, some might argue (as we do) that given the proper address, they're worth the trip themselves.

Admittedly, several of our recommendations might be more accessible to most people's palates, while others might be more of an acquired taste. While it's ultimately up to you to decide what's on your eating itinerary for your next trip, consider our recommendations based upon popularity and critical review. We've segmented the five geographical areas into five pages and five slideshows:

Africa and Middle East

Our journey through the world's most iconic dishes begins in the Middle East and Africa. Some of the dishes in this area maybe be more familiar to you than others (hummus versus poulet nyembwe, for example), with names that you may or may not be able to pronounce. Ranging from origins in Algeria to Yemen, the majority of these dishes in our list are rich with with pungent spices, hearty grains, and stewed vegetables.

Asia and the Pacific

Next, we head east to Asia, where we honor some popular dishes like Chinese peking duck, sushi, and kimchi, as well as lesser-known delicacies like khao soi and adobo. A little further south, the Pacific region has hearty Austrailian meat pies and New Zealand's meringue-based Pavlova. A mash-up of both the familiar and more exotic, this lineup is only the beginning when discovering this region's vibrant culinary culture.

Europe and the United Kingdom

Our Europe and United Kingdom selection is a dense and delicious mix, with highlights spanning culinary capitals from Austria to Northern Ireland. Some of the more familiar dishes on this list include pizza and fish and chips, while generally lesser-known dishes like colcannon and cevapcici, are also reconginized for their cultural importance. Whether or not you've got your own Eurotrip planned in the near future, our roundup is the next best thing to being there yourself.

North America

Although you might assume this list might be the most familiar, certain delicacies that we've included from this part of the world could surprise you. In addition to hamburgers and hot dogs, North America is also home to conch and ropa vieja. This slideshow spans from Trinidad and Tobago to Canada, while encompassing Old and New World culinary cultures, as well as a spectrum of climates and ingredients. Just because you may have tried some of these dishes, don't assume that you know them all.

South America

Spanning the entire continent, this leg of our roundup includes many meat-centric dishes and traditions from the region, including Argentina's parrillada and Brazil's feijoada. Lighter dishes, including Peru's ceviche, are included here, too, alongside potentially less familiar selections that generally incorporate rich grains and a variety of beans.

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- Lauren Wilson,The Daily Meal

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U.S.: Hamburgers

Few things are more American than a hamburger, so it is nearly impossible to try and narrow down the best place to get one. Two of the most popular chains known for their burger are California’s In-N-Out and New York’s Shake Shack. For a more complete list, check out our 40 Best Burgers in America. Click here to see All 150 Foods Worth Traveling For Credit: iStockphoto/thinkstock

Mexico: Tamales

The tamale is so popular in Mexico it has its own variety of parades. The Mesoamerican dish is made of masa stuffed with a protein (like chicken or cheese) that is then wrapped in cornhusks and steamed. Locals swear that the best tamales are sold by street vendors, but you can find the popular dish at many restaurants. Credit: iStockphoto/thinkstock

Canada: Poutine

Originally from Quebec, poutine has infiltrated Canadian cuisine, and has crept into the U.S. as well. It traditionally consists of fries, cheese curds, and gravy, though it also comes topped with anything from Bolognese sauce to foie gras and truffles. In Montreal, two of the best versions can be found at Au Pied de Cochon and Maamm Bolduc. Credit: Flickr/taylor dahlin

Brazil: Feijoada

This Brazilian dish was originally brought to the country by Portuguese colonizers. The meat-packed dish is a stew made of beans, salted pork and beef, bacon, smoked sausage, and spices. For an upscale version, visit Casa de Feijoada in Rio de Janeiro. For a more casual vibe, check out Aconchego Carioca. Credit: iStockphoto_thinkstock

Chile: Empanadas

The empanada is the national food of Chile, although it is cooked and served throughout Latin America. They are often filled with beef, fish, or beans and cheese, although there are a variety of preparations. Just outside Santiago, visit Las Hermanas for great Chilean empanadas. Credit: iStockphoto_thinkstock

Peru: Ceviche

Ceviche is served at restaurants all around Peru, even ones that are not traditionally Peruvian. The dish is made of raw fish that is "cooked" in a marinade of lime and lemon juice and chile. It is often served with corn and avocado. For one of the most acclaimed versions of the dish, visit La Mar in Lima. Credit: Flickr/alobos-Life

Egypt: Falafel

This Middle Eastern favorite is found in abundance in Egypt. Made with ground chickpeas and typically served in a pita, it is one of the nation’s most popular dishes. Variations of falafel can include ground fava beans, and vegetables or different sauces such as tahini can often accompany it. Try popular favorites like Kazaz and Al Sharouk in Cairo for this iconic dish. Credit: Flickr/Alanosaur

Israel: Hummus

Hummus (with a little pita) can sometimes be considered a full meal in Israel, as opposed to its role as a side dish in many other parts of the world. Hummus is made with cooked and mashed chickpeas, olive oil, lemon, garlic, and, often, tahini. The exact origins of hummus are contested, but it largely considered to be one of the oldest prepared foods in the Middle East. Head to Jaffa to try hummus Abu Hassan (also called Ali Caravan) or to Hummus Ashkara in Tel Aviv for some of the best in town. Credit: Flickr/mhaithaca

Madagascar: Romazava

Romazava is a stew of meats and green vegetables that is a staple dish of Madagascar. It was first served at feasts in the 1800s before the French colonization of the country, and although most dishes from this time period are starting to fall by the wayside and are much less prevalent, romazava remains a part of the current diet. Romazava can be sampled the Hôtel du Louvre's restaurant in Antananarivo. Travelfreak.com

Vietnam: Pho

This dish is the quintessential noodle soup. The soup consists of rice noodles, seasoned with lime and mint, and sliced beef or chicken. Eat some of the best pho at Pho Hung in Ho Chi Minh City. Credit: Shutterstock.com

Japan: Sushi

Sushi can be found all over the world, but its home is Japan and it can be found everywhere in the country, from Michelin-starred restaurants to street markets and everywhere in between. One of the most famous sushi restaurants in Tokyo, which opened in 1936, is Ginza Kyubey. A three-Michelin-starred option is Sukiyabashi Jiro. Credit: Flickr/weirdo513

China: Peking Duck

This Chinese specialty is known all over the world, but it is still appreciated in its homeland. Peking duck, a crispy duck served with pancakes and spring onions, was invented in Beijing and locals still argue over where you can find the best version. One of the better options can be found at Quanjude in Beijing. Credit: Shutterstock.com

Austria: Schnitzel

Schnitzel is a popular dish around Europe, but it is most often seen in Austria. The dish consists of pounded meat coated in egg and breadcrumbs, and then fried. There are many varieties of the savory dish, but it's easy to find a classic schnitzel around Austria, specifically in Vienna. One non-touristy place to go is Kolonitz-Beisl. Credit: flickr/JaBB

Denmark: Frikadeller

These popular meatballs are served in Denmark for both lunch and dinner. The meat is mixed with onions, eggs, breadcrumbs, and seasonings and then pan-fried in pork fat or butter. The meatballs are often served with boiled potatoes, cabbage, and gravy. Frikadeller are served in many Danish restaurants, and many consider some of the best to be at Copenhagen’s Restaurant Kronborg.  Credit: iStockphoto_thinkstock

Switzerland: Fondue

From the French verb "to melt," fondue is the ultimate après-ski meal. Perfect for a romantic meal for two or for a group, fondue requires long-stemmed forks to dip accoutrements like bread cubes into gooey, melted cheese. Some of Switzerland’s top pots can be found at Au Vieux Carouge. Click here to see All 150 Foods Worth Traveling For Credit: wiki/MagnusManske