Traveling around the world this year? Make sure to try these iconic foods in their countries of origin.
Australia: Meat Pie
Australians sure do love their meat pies — they consume millions of pies annually, taking it on the go or enjoying it at a cafe. Eat it like locals do by topping it with warm or chilled tomato sauce.
Apfelstrudel or Viennese apple strudel is a close cousin to classic American apple pie. Tart apple is paired with sweet pastry dough for a delicious combination. Austrians love eating it with their afternoon coffee.
Belgium: Moules Frites
Mussels and fries are as common in Belgium as burgers and fries are in the U.S. Try it the simple way by ordering plain, steamed mussels or with some extra flavor like curry powder.
Pudim looks exactly like flan, but the Brazilian version has a softer texture. You’ll find this dessert in every restaurant, cafe and home
Gravy, fries and cheese curds — what’s not to love about poutine? Although this savory concoction is available in the U.S., you should try it while visiting Canada. Some restaurants have more than 100 variations to choose from, so there is something for everyone.
England: Steak and Kidney Pie
Before you write off that steak and kidney pie is in fact made with lamb or pork kidneys, give it a try. Britons love the melt-in-your-mouth texture and savory flavor. Be prepared to fork up some money for the real (not factory-made) kind.
Finland: Squeaky Cheese
It’s unlikely you’ll find Leipäjuusto or Finnish squeaky cheese anywhere outside of Finland. The mild cheese is most commonly pan-fried and served with cloudberry jam for dessert or alongside coffee.
The best-selling pastry in France, this delicate cookie comes in a variety of flavors. Since they’re so difficult to make, it’s best to go the fancy route and grab a few from the world-renowned pastry shop, Ladurée.
Morocco: B’stilla (Pastilla)
The surprising traditional ingredient in this slightly sweet pie is pigeon, but it’s now mainly made with chicken, quail or Cornish game hen. It’s topped with confectioner’s sugar and cinnamon, which makes this dish sweet, salty, spicy and buttery all at the same time.
Switzerland may not be the first to come to mind when you think of foodie countries around the world, but it has a lot to offer. Aside from delicious cheeses and wine, the Swiss know how to make good chocolate. During your visit, take the Belle Epoque Chocolate train to the Cailler factory, the birthplace of milk chocolate.