One might say “If you never tried freeze-dried food, you don’t know what life is”. Well, there are flavors in the world that makes your life emptier. That’s why they are worth-recognition.
Thin and spongy pancake made of fermented teffu flour, which is the grain similar to the grass. It has a bit acidulous taste. You put it on the plate with various kind of aromatic dishes. Slow-cooked chickpeas in spicy barbere sauce, lentil salad and lamb stew, vegetable mixed with curcuma. Countless colors, flavors and combinations.
Pad thai, Asia
The diversity of Asian cuisine runs the gamut from tahini, palak paneer and sushi. This time is pad thai that won the prize. There is everything that one could dream of – noise of crowded streets, heat of damp day, Asian colors and smells. Street-food promoted just to make Thai people eat less rice, has become a world icon for tourists travelling in South-eastern Asia. Fried rice noodles in wok with the meat or seafood of your choice, spiced up with onion set, lime juice, soya sauce and crushed peanuts. Besides pad thai, Chinese dim sum, Japanese ramen, Philippine mango or hummus from Middle East are worth each past kilometer.
Butterbeer, other world
Harry Potter used to sip it with his friends. Internet is full with ideas how to recreate this taste (mostly of using heavy cream with loads of sugar). Popular coffee chain launched to its card Butterscotch Latte for which book fans from all over the world argue if it really meet their expectation for the taste created in their imagination or if it’s complete opposite.
Thanks to this taste, it’s possible to experience lunar-space mission! It is enough to boil water and pour it to a cup to make freeze-dried food ready to consume. However, ice cream is eaten dry. It tastes like chocolate, vanilla and strawberry chip.
Clam chowder, North America
Late summer in New England, you can feel that fall is coming – perhaps that is why I like this thick soup so much. You make it on roux with heave cream, boil with potatoes, onion and celery. At the end, add some mussels. I know that for others more American is bagel with salmon from New York or Texan barbecue ribs but for me, this is the best stuff from US.
Ceviche, South America
I remember the late afternoon on the boat in Belize. One of my friends put out a bucket filled with fresh shrimps, peel them, cut into small pieces and marinated with lime juice, onion, salt, cilantro and chili. Simple dish, though, full of flavors!
There are few associations which come to my mind when I think Australia. Kangaroo meat, yeast vegemite paste and fried thick witchetty grub larva. Though, my number one is Pavlova – meringue (crunchy on the edge, chewy inside) besprinkled with fruit. There is fight about its origin – whether it comes from New Zealand or Australia. Both consider themselves as the place when it has been served for the first time. However, there is something to argue about since this calorie bomb runs the world.
Tapas lets us get to know multiples of flavors at one time. These Spanish snacks are served in bars with beer or wine. Hot, cold, meaty, vegetable or with seafood. Olives, pickles, chorizo, shrimps, meatballs, mussels, squids, pork marinated in brandy and my beloved boquenores which stands for fried anchovies. What is more that should be worth-trying? Pizza in Napoli, fondue in alpine slopes, sandwich with lobster in the Scottish coast and of course stuffed zucchini flowers in Rome.
With explorers crossing Antarctica, I always associate one dish – pemmican. It is dried meat (buffalo, reindeer) snagged into pieces, mixed with fat and formed into loaf. For a better flavors, you can add dried fruit. Pemmican is food for Indian coming from North. The conquerors of North Pole had been feeding themselves and their dogs with this. That is why it had also been taken to the South. When the ship of Schackleton got stuck in Antarctic ice, it was pemmican that saved him and his crew from death.