My dream: Travel for food experiences!

By Tim van der Pas, Efficient Hotel Partner, 6 December 2017

When surfing the internet, I read about people that travel for food experiences and writing about it and I thought; THIS IS MY DREAM!

Travel for food - Ribs
Image 1: Delicious ribs / Source: Google Images

I’ve always loved food. When I was young I looked at my father cooking delicious Indonesian food (my father is 100% Dutch but loves the Indonesian kitchen)  and his very tasty ribs. Now I watch TopChef and Masterchef, visit food festivals and cook a 10-course meal when my friends are coming to visit me. I think there is no better way to connect with people than through food.

Food is used in many different ways; for happy occasions (birthdays, weddings, baby showers, etc.) to sad occasions, it offers comfort to people who are mourning. Food also plays a significant role in our daily lives: having breakfast with the kids before school, a lunch meeting with co-workers, or a business dinner. There are some food trends that will show us that you connect through food; walking dinners and sharing dishes.

My next trip will be to Japan next year. In my environment, no one talks about going on vacation to Japan. But next to the incredible culture, history, and nature of Japan this beautiful country is a Valhalla for foodies. 3 of the top 5 cities with the most Michelin star restaurants are in Japan; Osaka (4th place), Kyoto (2nd) and Tokyo (1st). Together they have 556 stars!

When you think of Japanese food of course you think of sushi and sashimi. Sushi is very cheap in Japan and for the best sushi you need to go to the ‘’kaiten sushi’’ restaurants, also called sushi-go-around. Next to sushi there are many more very delicious dishes and some dishes are specific for a city or town. Below you see a list of food/drinks you really need to try (and perhaps not have ever heard of):

  1. Travel for food - Ramen Wagamama
    Image 1: Ramen at Wagamama / Source: Tim van der Pas


  2. Okonomiyaki
  3. Soba
  4. Udon
  5. Japanese Green Tea To get the full experience, drink tea with a local and see the full ritual
  6. Fugu (blowfish)
  7. Sake
  8. kaiseki-ryōri in Kyoto
  9. Takoyaki in Osaka
  10. Hitsumabushi in Nagoya

After Japan, I have some more ‘travel for food’ countries on my bucket list; Thailand, Mexico and Indonesia. I’ve already been to Thailand (just for 5 days unfortunately) but really want to go back. Really friendly people, great culture and very cheap food! When you go to Thailand please try the Pad Thai (my favourite), Tom Kha Kai soup, Som Tum and Gaeng Daeng.

Have you ever been to Thailand? And what was your food experience?


Travel for food - Mexican food table
Image 3: Mexican food table / Source: Google Images

Mexico is also high on my ‘travel for food’ list. At home my boyfriend loves all kinds of beans and when he is cooking for a lot of our friends he will cook Mexican. It is delicious and it is easy to cook! When we cook Mexican our table is really colourful. All kinds of veggies, beans, cheeses, a guacamole and of course tacos, burritos, quesadillas , empanadas en wraps. It’s like a do-it-yourself buffet!

And of course I would like to visit Indonesia because this where it all started, watching my farther cook Indonesian meals. The Indonesian food is well integrated here in Holland. We use sambal and saté sauce a lot. Next to that we all eat Bakpoas (my favorite lunch), Bami, Nasi, saté and even Gado-Gado! My father always makes Rendang, Soto an perkedel pan! All these dishes are great and you can make them really spicy or not at all spicy and everything in between. Next to these famous dishes there are also a lot of ‘undiscovered’ dishes such as Balado Terong, Siomay, Otak-Otak and Daun Pepaya. For explanations and even more Indonesian dishes please visit CCN Travel.

As you can sea and read I’m a big foodie and I would like to travel the world to see, eat and drink a lot of specialities all over the world.

What is your favourite ‘food’ country? Where to would you like to travel for food?

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