Food, food ... glorious food. Read on to get a taste of mouth-watering delights famous all over the world. Take a culinary trip to Paris, Singapore, London, Hong Kong, and Dublin. Bon appetit!
Food is a global phenomenon. It builds bridges and fills gaps between cultures but in some bizarre cases it even leads to wars. History has lived through many wars where food has been the bone of contention. It may sound silly but it’s true. In terms of cuisine and savoury dishes there are many places to discover and devour around the world.
Paris, the City of Lights is the enchanting capital of France. The history of the French cuisine is rooted in medieval times. From the onset of the French revolution to the time when the aristocrats fled France, the culinary arena of France grew from the peasant way of living to fine dining. It was Auguste Escoffier who gave French haute cuisine its definite structure and flavour. Much like the intricacies of an English theatre there were different parts associated to French fine dining and each part was played by a chef. Cold dishes were handled by a garde manger, the entremetier took care of the sauces and veggies, a rotisseur overlooked the preparation of roasts and grills and a patissier handled the pastries and deserts.
With such a detailed history of cuisine and food, it won’t be wrong to term France as the culinary capital of the world. There’s no dearth of good places to eat in Paris. The crispy notes of a freshly baked bread or baguette hums straight on the heartstrings. The best place to nibble off on the French baguette is the Gilles Levaslot, Le Grenier a Pain or Au Levain d’Antan in Res des Abbesses. Dig into the succulent pieces of flavoursome duck confit at La Fontaine de Mars at Saint Dominique or le petit canard at Henry Monnier. For the pastry lovers the whiff of crispy croissant from a French bakery spells magic and for the sweet toothed kind soufflé is the buzzword. Le soufflé at Mont Thabor and le recamier at Recamier are the best places to get your dose of these light clouds of sinful sweetness dusted with a little snowfall of sugar.
Influenced by a diverse cultural bonhomie, Singapore is effervescent with a rich tradition where food rules. Rice, noodles and seafood are juxtaposed with a multifaceted cuisine influence that spells Asian, Malay, Chinese, and European as its essence. The street food scene in Singapore is fresh and offers a nonchalant way of enjoying its culinary delights. The best foods in Singapore are undoubtedly the traditional ones like the fried carrot cake stalls at Kensington Park, the softly steamed dim sums at Jalan Besar, Sims Ave and Chinatown, or the oyster omelette at Serangoon. The kaya toast is a Singaporean breakfast staple. The best places to grab a bite are Killiney Road, East Coast road, Hong Lim Green Community Centre and the Far East Square. For a more savoury experience, try a bowlful of laksa and chilli crabs. The Queensway Shopping Centre, East Coast Road and Jalan Berseh offer a great fair of laksa. Geylang, East Coast Parkway, Casuarina are the best places to hunt down a hot bowl of chilli crab.
Somewhere in the middle of chicken tikka masala and a traditional roast dinner, London has absorbed many distinct flavours. The Romans, Vikings, and the Normans, have all together played a vital role in defining British cuisine as it stands today. A multicultural potpourri of cuisines and cultures thrives in the lanes of this part of Great Britain. London has now become the culinary capital of the world. It houses more Michelin starred restaurants than France. Some dishes will always be a British favourite. Nothing beats a crispy assortment of fish and chips. Grab the good old plate of this English staple at Poppy’s in Shoreditch, Spitalfields or Camden. Britain’s love for a Savoury Beef Wellington can never be overlooked. Named after the Duke of Wellington after he defeated Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo, the dish is a national treasure of sorts. To get spoonful’s of this indulgent dish, head to Bob Bob Ricard in Mayfair or to the good old Smith of Smithfield in Farringdon.
Head to Aside in Peckham to grab crispy fluffs of Yorkshire puddings with a hearty Sunday roast or run to the lady Abercorn Pub and Kitchen for a bottomless version of your favourite puffy crisps full of goodness.
Hong Kong cuisine has a wide Chinese influence on its taste, and texture. The skyline of the city is a sight for the sore eyes at night. Between the twinkling skyscrapers and the ambitious metropolitans, the busy streets of the city offer the best food fairs which celebrate the intermingling of Cantonese and Chinese cuisines. Nothing can beat the savoury sight of a perfectly roasted goose hanging from the iron bars in the local street side restaurants of Hong Kong. Some of the best places that specialise in this delectable dish are Yue Kee, the Mandarin restaurant in Ting Kau, the Yak Lau restaurant in Central and the Kam’s Roast Goose in Wan Chai. There is a popular culture of drinking traditional Chinese tea called Yum Cha in Hong Kong. The hot sips of yum cha are accompanied with soft delectable steamed wontons or dim sums. These little tasty nibbles could either be filled with veggies or with juicy pieces of meat which could either be chicken, duck or meat served along with a heady broth. The most famous wontons are the Schuan-styled. To experience the best wontons in Hong Kong head to Lokcha Tea House in Hong Kong Park, the Lin Heung Tea House in Sheung Wan, the Clipper Lounge or the Luk Yu Tea House in Central.
The moment Ireland crosses your mind, the warm and welcoming smell of a hearty Irish stew starts playing with your culinary senses. The breezy notes of Celtic music paired with Irish stews and soups usher you into a delightful gastronomic extravaganza that’s unbeatable. The wholesome Irish cuisine is a symbol of its rich culture and heritage. It has been fortified with abundant produce of the pastures and the seaside of the Ireland countryside since ancient times. The Irish are crazy about their corned beef and the fluffy soda bread. The Champ is a popular potato dish and another Irish favourite is the Colcannon which is prepared with potato and cabbage.