If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I have two big passions: food and travelling. My favourite thing about arriving in a new country is hunting out the best restaurants. Whenever I visit a new place, I take a checklist of foods to find and try before I leave! I don’t often get round to everything on the list, but it does mean I’ve tried my fair share of strange foods.
Along my travels, I’ve always been amazed at the various ways people prepare fish. Fish is the one food that you find everywhere. Every country has its unique way of cooking fish, and each has their own delicacies. I always try a fish dish in every single country. I can’t say they’re all great! In fact, I’ve eaten some truly awful fish meals. But, I’ve also unearthed some of the most delicious food on the planet. Here are just some of my favourites.
The classic Surf & Turf (credit)
Fish Curry (India)
Visiting India was a true delight for my tastebuds. Now, some of their food was far too hot and spicy, even for my fairly resilient tummy! But, it was the delicate fish curries that I still remember to this day. I love curries, but it wasn’t until I reached India that I realised how much I loved them. A traditional curry in India is nothing like the takeaway curries you find here! And, the fish curries are especially creamy and packed full of flavour.
Surf & Turf
Sometimes, there’s no need to make a fuss with fancy recipes and delicate ingredients. All you need is a beautiful, tender cut of beef, and a succulent fish accompaniment. One particular restaurant still sticks in my mind throughout my travels. The Monterey Bay Restaurant in California has a delicious steak and lobster surf and turf, right on the marina. Washed down with a glass of wine, it was the perfect way to spend an evening!
Yes, you read that right! I discovered this salmon dish in New Orleans (a city that should be on every foodie traveller’s list!), and I keep coming back to it again and again. The salmon itself is marinated in an aged bourbon overnight. Then a second bourbon glaze is mixed with honey before drizzling all over the salmon. Finally, the bourbon infused fish is cooked slowly to create the perfect tender texture. The taste itself is deep and delicious, with a slight alcohol kick.
It took a long time to build up the courage to order this one! Fugu is a Japanese delicacy, but only the best, qualified chefs are allowed to serve it. Why? Because it’s incredibly poisonous! The meat itself comes from the pufferfish, which has poisonous stores throughout its body. The chefs must carefully remove these toxins before serving. The liver is the most dangerous part of the fish, and most restaurants refuse to serve it! I must confess I very nearly sent it back. But, I was brave and finally put a piece in my mouth. I’m pleased to say I’m still here to tell you about it!
What are you favourite fish dishes from around the world?