Food experience is synonymous with travel. It completes the total package that you take away from every trip. To miss out on the local food scene is to give up opportunities to discover the flavors and textures of the food a town or city is known for as well as the hidden delights that only few explore. The best food immersions you will have while traveling may not always come as part of a well-thought of plan. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow, get a feel of the place, and let your feet or nose take you to some of the most amazing food destinations.
Check out the marketplaces
Marketplaces are hardly among tourists’ list of must-see attractions. But a growing number of travelers have been discovering the delights of visiting a farmers’ market or open market. Many cities usually have market hubs where most of the locals go. You will not only see familiar sights like fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, spices, and more. You may even find food stalls that sell a wide array of great-tasting food and treats.
Try the street food
Some cities have street foods that are popular to travelers. Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Singapore are among the travel destinations that offer plenty of choices for foodies. Bangkok has been long known for its tasty dishes that you can actually buy for cheap in food stalls and small restaurants across the city. Hong Kong offers similar food adventures with its diverse street food offerings that include scrumptious dim sums. Singapore has many food places where hawkers sell multi-ethnic cuisines. One of the city’s popular food stalls even earned a Michelin star.
Taking “eating with the locals” to the next level
Travelers are quite familiar with the often repeated advice of “eating with the locals”. This often means picking restaurants where many locals go. But one of the food trends in recent years has taken this concept to the next level. Instead of eating with them in crowded restaurants, you can now eat meals at their homes. There are software applications you can download on your phone that you can use to book lunch or dinner with a local host who will serve you with a homecooked meal. You may even request for traditional dishes that you want to try.