Travel All Over the World to Try These Authentic Cultural Dishes
A popular dish in Brazil, moqueca is basically a tropical fish stew full of exotic flavors. Using your fish of choice, which is often a combination of a few different types of seafood, a broth is first created with herbs and vegetables.
Plantains and coconut milk are then included along with additional vegetables. Once the stew is cooked, it’s served with a thick breadcrumb-like side dish called farofa, and a local hot sauce called piri-piri.
Varza a la Cluj
Varza a la Cluj is one of the signature traditional dishes of the Transylvanian region in Romania. Pork and cabbage make up the the majority of the ingredients along with onion, rice, tomatoes and herbs.
Essentially, it’s a layered casserole dish much like lasagna, served in a similar block, with sour cream, hot peppers and polenta.
Birds Nest Soup
One of the most expensive exotic foods from around the world can be found in China and the Philippines. Birds nest soup is exactly what it sounds like: a soup made from dissolving the nest of a swiftlet, among chicken stock and cornstarch.
The nests can fetch up to $4,500 per pound because of how much work it takes to find them. Despite the rarity and price, tourists and locals alike enjoy the tasty soup for the novelty and its supposed medicinal properties.