Five Countries That Make Me Hungry

Today we’re talking about food.

It goes along with marathon training, because the more I run, the more I need to eat. And since I’ll never be running another marathon again, I feel that I need to take full advantage of this time and eat my heart out.

Once upon a time, I wasn’t very curious when it came to food. I knew what I liked and that’s what I ate – the first time I tried Indian was in Belfast, of all places. I was 22 and it blew my mind. There was a whole world of food out there!

By now, I’ve tried a lot of food and my list of favorites is too long to recount. So that got me thinking about what I haven’t tried. So today, I bring you 5 countries I’d like to eat my way through but haven’t yet.

5. Mexico

Mexican food

I don’t even know what that is but I’d eat it. Creative Commons image

Burritos have become one of my go-to post-run foods. Something about the mixture of beans, rice, cheese, sour cream and sauce really hits the spot. But I know that what I know as Mexican food, sadly, isn’t quite authentic.  It’s likely an Americanized Tex-Mex creation, and while that doesn’t make it any less droolworthy, makes me curious. What, then, do they eat in Mexico? Because I’m sure it’s delicious, and I’d really like to test that theory.

4. Cyprus

Cyprus

Well yeah. I think I could eat here. Image Credit: Flickr

Cypriots (I love that word) are well-positioned to produce some killer cuisine: at the crux of Greece, Turkey, and the middle east, I imagine lots of spices, fresh herbs and vegetables, seafood, grilled meat, and baklava. Eat fresh, eat local, eat well. If I ever make it to Cyprus I fully intend to eat my way around the island. Maybe I’ll follow it up by a scuba dive or an intense session of lying on the beach. But probably I’ll mostly eat.

3. Canada

Poutine

I can’t tell if this is disgusting, awesome, or disgustingly awesome. Creative Commons image

What? That’s right, I’ve never been to Canada. Which means I’ve never had poutine, some sort of mythical combination involving french fries, gravy, and cheese. And if I don’t like that, there’s always beaver tails, which look like an elephant ear on crack. I’d like a Canadian to verify that they’re actually a thing, but even if they’re not, I’m a fan.

2. Mozambique

Peri Peri

Get out of my way, I’m hungry. Image credit: Flickr

I first learned of piri piri (peri peri?) chicken in Brisbane, at the Australian chain restaurant Nando’s. It’s a Portuguese-African brainchild, using a specific type of African chili. If I liked the poor man’s version, I can only imagine how good it tastes in its alleged birthplace, Mozambique. And considering the rest of the food is centered around spices, creamy coconut sauces, cashews, lime, and garlic, I’d be in food heaven.

1. Indonesia & Malaysia

Indonesia

This view + laksa = YES. Creative Commons Image

I had a really hard time choosing between Malaysia and Indonesia, two places I’ve yet to visit. Does satay originate in Malaysia or Indonesia? How about laksa? Aaaugh too many questions! I was forced to combine the two. Again we’ve got creamy sauces, firey spices, and succulent seafood, plus slurpy noodles. I’m dying here. Get me on the next plane so I can indulge.

I’m going to the kitchen now, where it’s unlikely that I’ll find something to satisfy my new Mexican-Cypriot-Canadian-African-Asian cravings, but I’m sure going to try. Not that it’s really worked out for me in the past, but today is a new day.

I’ll let you know when I’ve perfected my recipe for spicy baklava-flavored piri-piri beaver tails. If that doesn’t work out? Burritos for the win.

Burrito

Blurry because I can’t look at a burrito without getting excited.

 

14 Responses to “Five Countries That Make Me Hungry”

  1. I’ll break my lurking ways to be the token Canadian: beaver tails are actually a thing and they are actually delicious. Highly recommended!

    • Yes! I’m so happy they’re real and not just an internet fake-out. I’m going to look up a recipe and channel my dormant North American cooking skills.

  2. Yes, will chime in with Heather and say that in glorious Canada, both beaver tails and poutine exist and can be eaten with abandon.

    Also, satay might be Indonesian (though Malaysia and Singapore both claim it as well), but laksa is definitely Malay!

    • Canada is growing on me more and more. And good to know about satay/laksa! Sometimes a food’s origins get a little blurry. Not that it really matters where it comes from to me – I’ll eat it either way.

  3. Well this is a list I definitely didn’t expect. Not too much of a surprise, though. I’ve never been disappointed with the food no matter where I went. Fingers crossed it’ll stay that way.

    • Same here – nearly everywhere I’ve been has impressed me with at least one dish (usually more). Eating is definitely one of the reasons I keep traveling.

  4. Great post! I bet deep-dish pizza would taste great after a long run too.

    • When I was looking for pictures for this post I came across one of a Chicago deep dish! That would be delicious after a long run. Or anytime, really. Like right now.

  5. Poutine is so the food I miss most from Canada! There was a little restaurant a block from our old apartment in Toronto that made a butter chicken poutine – best thing ever!

  6. So happy to see my country, Malaysia on your list!! There are so many foods to try here.. Over here you can just eat, eat and eat around the clock! hehe… hope you can visit someday, will recommend you our best local foods that must not be missed!

    • I hope we can visit someday, too – eating around the clock sounds magnificent! It’s not so far from Australia, so it’s a definite possibility.

  7. Mexico, Thailand and Vietnam are countries that make me hungry. I have to try poutine. Everybody seems to rave about it.

    • I know. I feel like I like the idea of poutine but I’m not sure I’d love it in real life. Still, experimentation is necessary.

      And Thai food always sounds good!

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