5 Best International Foods to Try While Traveling

Check this quick read to see some of the best local foods to try around the world. What’s your favorite food to eat while traveling?

5. Tortellini en Brodo, Italy

While maybe not the first dish that comes to mind when you think of Italy, tortellini en brodo is a classic Italian dish. The tortellini can be filled with a number of things like spinach, cheese, or meat. The broth can be chicken, pork, vegetable, or a combination. It’s so simple yet so delicious and is a great meal for any time of the year.

4. Schnitzel, Central Europe (Germany, Austria, etc)

If you're looking for a light snack, this may not be for you. But if you want an amazing and filling meal, look no further. Originally made with pork (chicken for Kosher schnitzel), this dish goes best with a light beer and a side of potatoes or sauerkraut. Some of the oldest running restaurants in Central Europe are famous for schnitzel and I would specifically recommend finding some next time you're in Vienna, Austria.

3. Dumplings, Southern, Eastern, and Southeast Asia

The world dumpling applies to a lot of different foods from siu mai, bao, and more. They come from all over Asia and are not only some of the most delicious foods in the world, but also some of the cheapest. I talk a lot about how much I enjoy street food and the main reason for that is dumplings. They can be spicy, savory, or even sweet; all that’s certain is they will be delicious. Some of my favorite dumplings include pork siu mai, xiaolongbao, gyoza, and sweet red bean bao.

2. Tapas, Spain

Like dumplings, tapas are not just one food. In fact there isn’t really a true definition of the type of food tapas are. While traditionally they are Spanish foods, now you can find tapas of all sorts with influences from around the world. However, the best ones still tend to be Spanish in origin. Tapas are small dishes that you and your friends can order to try a bit of everything. It is essentially a tasting menu without the high prices (at least in Spain). Seafood, meat, vegetarian, and even vegan tapas can be found around Spain. Some of the most popular tapas include jamón ibérico, patatas bravas, tortilla (not the kind you're thinking of), pulpo gallego, and more. Jamón ibérico is my personal favorite and is a special type of prosciutto that comes from a special breed of black pig that are free roaming and fed a diet of acorns, chestnuts, roots, and herbs.

1. Bryndzové Halušky, Slovakia

You'd be forgiven if you've never heard of the Slovakian national dish. In truth, I had never heard of it until visiting the capital city of Bratislava. After about it from some of the locals, my friend and I decided to give it a try. I can say with complete certainty that bryndzové halušky is the best food I have ever eaten in my life. The dish is made with small potato dumplings that is made like a thinner and batter version of gnocchi dough. Once cooked, it is mixed with a special Slovakian cheese (bryndza, a unique type of sheeps cheese) and pancetta drippings. Afterwards, it's topped with crispy pancetta (or not for vegetarians) and chives. While it’s undeniably a rich and heavy dish, there is nothing I've ever eaten that comes close to the taste and texture. Not only is it number one on this list because of how good it is, but because you have to go to Slovakia (and possibly Czech Republic) to try it. The bryndza cheese used in this dish is almost never exported and if it is, it's usually to Slovakia’s neighbor Czechia. So not only can you not find it anywhere else, but (somewhat annoyingly) you can’t cook it at home in its authentic version. While I would love to be able to enjoy this dish at home, it just gives me even more excuses to go back to Slovakia as soon as possible.

Are you going to any of these countries/regions? Make sure to try these foods out as well as other local dishes around the world. What’s your favorite food you've tried while traveling? Let us know and be sure to check out more Exploration Always for travel tips, reviews, recommendations, blog posts, and more.